Gretchen Pearson Nerad
Gretchen Pearson Nerad was born and raised in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. She began lessons on violin with Stan Smith in the Aurora Suzuki Violin program at age four. In 3rd grade, she began playing in the school orchestra. In middle school, she started her second instrument, percussion, and played in the band as well. She continued playing both instruments into high school.
In 2006, Pearson Nerad finished her bachelor's degree in Music from Eastern Illinois University and earned her Master's Degree in Music Education from The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2011. She also completed Suzuki Teacher Training from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. There she took Every Child Can, Violin 1A-6, and the Practicum teaching course.
From 2003-2014, Pearson Nerad worked as a private violin and viola teacher at the Champaign Suzuki Rolland program in the Conservatory of Central Illinois, the Aurora Suzuki Violin program, the West Suburban Suzuki Strings Group, and finally her own home studio. After graduating from Eastern, Pearson Nerad worked as an orchestra teacher at Indian Prairie School District #204 in Naperville, IL from 2007-2013. During her tenure in 204, she taught at one high school, four middle schools, and seven elementary schools. Since 2013, Pearson Nerad has been teaching elementary and middle school orchestra at Community Consolidated School District 181 in Hinsdale, IL.
Mrs. Pearson Nerad lives in Chicago with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Argos. When shes not teaching music, she loves to run, see comedy shows, and cheer on her favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.