Piano, Violin, Percussion, Voice
"I love music so much, and enjoy passing that love onto my students. I use my education and years of experience to help my students achieve their musical and personal goals."
About The Teacher
Kelly Nelson has been a music educator since 2005. She began playing piano at the age of 5 and knew
instantly this was something she would want to do her whole life. She holds bachelors and masters
degrees in music education with honors from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian, Kelly has studied with Sandra Robertson, piano; James Allen Anderson, conducting; Julia Pedigo, voice; Jason Jordan, percussion; and Karen Robertson, horn. Since that time, Kelly has been teaching music in the public schools, namely choir, band, orchestra, and currently elementary school music. Kelly’s ensembles received grant awards and Superior ratings at contests. Kelly also works part time as a church musician, providing leadership in her own ministry at Fieldstone Presbyterian Church and assisting her husband in his ministry at McKendree Chapel United Methodist Church.
Kelly takes the time with each individual student to assess where they are and determine the best way to achieve their goals. She has much experience with students with disabilities, and even completed
professional development in this area while pursuing her National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards. Kelly is a classically trained pianist, being selected as a finalist in the Hayes School Aria-
Concerto Competition in her senior year of study, and also has extensive training in sacred music. As a percussionist, she is more than capable as a drumset artist, lending her talents to many local high school and college productions. Kelly also is a trained vocalist, with preferences for sacred music, show tunes, and art songs. She enjoys teaching beginners all the way to those who are looking to audition for collegiate programs and everyone in between!
Appalachian State University – Master’s: Music Education, Choral Music Education
Appalachian State University – Bachelor’s: Music Education, Instrumental K-12 Emphasis