- D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Illinois, 2016
- M.M., Master of Music, Butler University, 1997
- BM., Bachelor of Music, Andrews University, 1977
- Music Business I
- Music Business II
Oliver Nelson is an adjunct lecturer in music business at SPEA.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, a Master of Music degree in Classical Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance.
Nelson studied with the late David Baker, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University, Jonathan Keeble, flute professor at the University of Illinois, and Karen Moratz, principal flutist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed with the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra and has recorded with Bela Fleck, Benny Golson, James Williams, Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, and Grady Tate for a tribute CD dedicated to his father, the late composer, arranger, and saxophonist Oliver Nelson Sr.
Nelson has conducted jazz improvisation workshops at conferences, higher education institutions and school corporations nationwide, and is an active performer and teacher.