Jessica A. Nielson

Violin Teacher

SAA Member


Spanish Fork, UT

Working with her first students at age 17, Jessica has developed her love of teaching through 8+ years of experience. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Jessica has also been a part-time violin instructor at the Utah School of Music and at Brigham Young University. She has been mentored by Suzuki Teacher Trainers Susan Baer, Denise Willey and soloist Monte Belknap. While her teaching is heavily indebted to her Suzuki training, she works to teach sight reading and theory as part of lessons and firmly believes in teaching students, not methods.

Jessica graduated from Brigham Young University’s School of Music in 2010 with Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Russian. She started violin in a California school program at age 8, but a move to Utah soon after put off further violin studies until age 11. Largely self-taught, she continued performing with school orchestras until age 16, when working an after-school job made it possible to pay for private lessons. Since that time, she has had remarkable opportunities to perform with world-class orchestras including BYU Philharmonic, a side-by-side performance with the Utah Symphony, and a tour to the British Isles with BYU Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist Jessica has performed in Salt Lake City’s Assembly Hall, and was a two-time finalist in the BYU Concerto Competition. Her teachers have included Monte Belknap, Kory Katseanes, Samuel Tsugawa, and Shauna Davies. She most recently performed as assistant concertmaster with the Orange County Mormon Choral Organization (OCMCO) in Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Hall.

Jessica and her husband Miles currently live with their three children in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Violin Background/Experience:
19 years of playing experience with teachers including Monte Belknap and Kory Katseanes
15 years of orchestral playing (OCMCO, BYU Philharmonic, BYU Chamber, Utah Valley Youth Symphony…), including principal violinist positions
14+ years of ensemble experience (quartets, trios, etc.)
12+ years of teaching experience

Bachelor’s degree of Music in Violin Performance, Brigham Young University, 2010

-Violin Instructor, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT April-June 2007(spring term)
Taught course Music 160R Violin; private violin lessons
-Violin Instructor, Utah School of Music, Orem, UT Jan 2007-Nov 2007
Taught technique and theory of violin to students ages 3-adult
-Private Violin Instructor, Springville, UT/Provo, UT 2004-2011, Long Beach, CA 2011-2015
Taught and arranged recitals for violin students ages 4-adult
-BYU Concerto Competition Finalist 2007, 2010