My job as a studio teacher has been the most rewarding job I have ever had. When I began the DMA program at the University of Houston, my intention was to begin teaching college students upon completion. I have, however, been very fortunate to be an active violin and viola professor while working on my doctorate. In 2016 I was extremely fortunate to teach violin and viola students and conduct the chamber ensemble at Lonestar College in Tomball, TX. Since January 2017 I have served on the string faculty at Sam Houston State University as the adjunct viola instructor.
In my private studio of high school, college, and continuing education students, technique and musicality are at the core of my pedagogical practice. I believe that the private studio professor plays an extremely important role in the education of young musicians. The inspiration for my style of teaching comes from my violin professor, Beth Newdome, at Florida State University. Beth Newdome taught with grace, patience, understanding, yet with an unyielding expectation for improvement. Her example of how to teach in a positive and constructive manner inspired my teaching career. In my studio, I cultivate a nurturing environment so students have the opportunity to learn in a positive space while being challenged with individualized instruction based on each student’s needs and goals.
We will focus on technique and musicality in your lessons. Together, as teacher and student, we will design an individual plan for your musical development based on your personal needs and goals. Each student is unique and possesses different strengths and weaknesses. My job is to encourage your strengths, while developing your technique and musicianship to help you fulfill your musical goals.
If you are potential college student interested in studying at SHSU click on the SHSU Studio tab. High school students interested in taking lessons can contact me at email@example.com. If you would like general information, click on the contact tab at the top of the page. You can email or or simply fill out the contact form. I look forward to hearing you play!
In addition to providing lessons in person, I also offer video lessons. Below are comments from former students:
"Ms. Bledsoe is a fantastic teacher well worth investing in. I was an orchestra student (viola) for seven years; Ms. Bledsoe was my private tutor for a good deal of my senior year of high school. Of all my private tutors I’d had over the course of high school, she was by and far the best. She helped me to break bad habits and accelerate my musical learning at twice my previous speed- and not only that, she was reliable. I had some very bad habits I’d developed throughout my orchestra career that were causing me tremendous pain and crippling my learning. Some teachers had tried to help, but it wasn’t until I got to Ms. Bledsoe that I found (she found!) a permanent fix. She reignited both my learning and my desire to learn with my instrument. She’s a very gentle person but a firm teacher and I’m much more confident with my music now that I’ve had her guidance. She’s very talented with her music but also a very skilled teacher- the former without the latter is good, both together is what makes Ms. Bledsoe outstanding! If you’re willing to put forth your best effort, she will take you far. I am so thankful for having met her and I recommend her to anyone looking for a music teacher, either violin or viola." - Sabryna M., Class of 2015
"I am a current student at Florida State University College of Music (studying violin performance) and I could not have gotten to this point without Nina's help. She is an amazing violinist/teacher and I learned so much from her over the 3 years that I was with her. Not to mention the fact that she is also incredibly nice and helpful (yet tough) in a one-on-one setting. She helped me grow into the musician that I am today and I cannot thank her enough! I highly recommend taking lessons from her if you are looking to become a better musician. I would not have wanted to take from anyone else over my high school years." -Kendall C., class of 2013
"From the start of our journey, to the very last lesson, every moment I spent with Mrs. Nina was a very important part of becoming a great violinist. She is a kind, patient, and effective teacher. She is able to notice the most subtle mistakes and knows the best way to fix them. What I enjoyed the most about her is that she was able to establish a strong student teacher relationship. She is an amazing person and has helped me in so many ways. If you are looking for a teacher to help you improve on your musicianship, I would recommend that you take lessons from Nina Bledsoe, the person that has helped me truly value the art of music". - Taylor R., class of 2013
"I started taking lessons with Mrs. Nina when I was in seventh grade. We didn't look very far for a private teacher because I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Nina in my orchestra class when she volunteered as a violin clinician to help our struggling group of violins. My mom and I had talked about getting an instructor for me and I knew that she would be a perfect match from day one. At first, I was nervous, unsure, and I had developed some bad habits that my orchestra director hadn't caught in the chaos of everyday rehearsal. Mrs. Nina was quick to point them out and patient as I worked to correct them. I can proudly say that I have improved dramatically since that first lesson and I am confident in my abilities. She has helped me prepare for All-State, Honors, and High School auditions. Mrs. Nina's gentle but instructive directions made me feel comfortable and courageous in my abilities as a player. She has showed me that playing violin can be rewarding and fun as long as you are willing to work toward your goal- which she is more than happy to help you reach." -Rachel D., HS Student