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October Teacher Spotlight

Susy Nelson - Bass Teacher, Heid Music Oshkosh

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Susy Nelson started life as musician by begging for a piano at the age of 5. After several years of piano, she began playing bass in fifth grade. Through middle school and high school she was in the symphony, jazz ensemble and was a drum major to her high school marching band. As an adult, she played with the UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony along with various other side projects. She earned a degree in music industry from UW-O in 2009. She enjoys playing both upright and electric bass. Susy's lessons are planned around the student, whether beginner or advanced, and their goals as a musician.


What is your favorite genre of music, and why?  Overall, I'd have to say jazz is my favorite genre because it captures so many different emotions and attitudes.  You get bonus value, it's so many genres all in one!  I also listen to a lot of rockabilly music.  Generally speaking, anything that inspires thought or makes dancing around an irresistible idea.

small_Oct_2012_-_Susy,_Osh,_bassWhat do you like most about teaching?  I love seeing "the light bulb" moment in my students.  Everyone learns differently, so it is pretty neat to discover which explanation is going to stick.

If you ha
d the opportunity to learn a different instrument, what would you choose and why?  This is going to sound silly....I would learn to play the guitar.  Bass and guitar are completely different animals!  I have tried to learn, but those teeny tiny little frets get the best of me every time.  I have always been a little jealous of those people who play just about everything.  I recently picked up an old accordion and started plunking around with it.  We'll start there.

 What do you like to do in your spare time?  Until recently nearly all of my spare time was devoted to playing roller derby.  I was a skater with the Fox Cityz Foxz Women's Flat Track Roller Derby League in Appleton for a total of four seasons.  I recently retired to explore more musical ventures (I'm sure I'll be back eventually).  I also spend a lot of time going to car shows and watching bands with my husband.

What is the best advice you can give to a beginning musician?  Spend time building a solid foundation for yourself before you try to tackle your favorite band's latest album.  A base in theory and technique will take you anywhere you want to go!

Tell us som
susyething unique about yourself:  I have owned many unique pets in my life, including fire bellied newts, a bearded dragon, and a hissing cockroach (that last one belonged to my step-son).  Our current four legged family members are a hairless cat named Sushi and a yorkie named Ayla.

What one student said about Susy's teaching:  "The thing I like most about her is how encouraging she is. I’m very hard on myself and tend to give up on myself way too quickly but even when I have given up on myself, Susy doesn’t... She has exceeded my expectations and always manages to make lessons not only fun but very exciting. I would recommend her to anyone that plays bass and I’m very thankful to have her as my teacher."  - Anthony Lenski