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AD, Berklee College of Music, Music Business
2007 - Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee: YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2003 - Alexander Clark Norman Bursary (Scholarship) 2002 - Young Wave of Sound Bursary Program (Course & Scholarship) 2001 - Roma MacMillan Award & Scholarship
Nerea is not only a teacher but a professional Violinist & Fiddler since a young age. A mix of French & Spanish parents, she was born in California and raised in Canada.
She spent her teens in France and performing through Europe. Nerea has performed at numerous international venues such as the Bercy Stadium in Paris (over 17,000 spectators), Edinburgh Castle, Music Hall of Beirut-Lebanon, Canadian Embassy of Abu Dhabi, Atlantis Hotel of Dubai, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, to name a few.
Her success as a soloist lead her to release her first album, "Footprints", at the age of 16. This earned her a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for the "Young Artist of the Year" Award. With rave reviews, Nerea has made numerous radio & TV appearances in several countries (and several languages).
At the age of 18, armed with a diploma in Artist Management from Berklee College of Music, Nerea started teaching workshops around the world on specific styles and techniques. In 2008 Nerea started working in schools through numerous Artist and Residency programs, helping children create their own songs, preparing performances, and combining poetry with music. In 2013 Nerea moved to Dubai where she taught music for 5 years in International, American and British schools. She also performed regularly throughout the region for weddings, corporate events, embassies, business councils, 5 star hotels, etc. Nerea has recently re-located to start a new-life in the beautiful state of Colorado where she teaches and performs regularly
With over a decade of experience teaching, Nerea has taught music to thousands of students in private and group lessons as well as in ensembles and schools. Although Nerea has taught and continues to teach Beginner to Advanced Violin, from ages 3 - 53, her specialty is "Fiddle" music. She is highly knowledgeable in Cape Breton, Scottish, Irish, traditional Breton, Celtic and World music. She has prepared students for Trinity and ABRSM exams, taught by ear and/or sight reading, followed diverse methods requested such as Suzuki and has prepared students for countless performances. She has worked extensively with students who have special needs such as Autism. While teaching in schools around the globe, Nerea has taught general music following diverse curriculum such as IB Diploma, British Curriculum, American Curriculum and Canadian as well as teaching many ESL students and in Bilingual schools.
Open-minded and flexible, Nerea strives for her students to learn through fun, hands on activities, always leaving her lessons with smiles on their faces. Beginner students are always taught the basics of posture, positioning and how to move the bow on the strings. They then go on to learn bowing and the strings names, followed by finger position and musical pieces. Although Nerea focuses on technique, she always tries to get her student play songs/musical pieces quickly, even if they are simple. For more experienced students, Nerea helps them improve songs/pieces they enjoy, always being efficient and working on techniques that can be improved through the musical piece.
With Nerea's extensive experience, she is quickly able to adapt lessons to each student's learning style. She has taught music to over 4,000 students in different countries and languages and is quick to identify their strengths and weakness. She has created her own color coding method for students who are dyslexic and combines theory, ear training, visual aids, etc, to get students learning, quickly and efficiently. Open-minded and flexible, Nerea is always happy to try new methods and adapt new ideas.
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