My students get to have fun while learning to become accomplished, talented musicians! My lessons are full of mastering technique, learning musicality, and understanding musical concepts, all of which are required to become a talented musician. At the same time, they're also full of laughs and silly and creative ideas that make practicing FUN and make the journey of learning an instrument and becoming a musician a great experience! I love getting to know each of my students, children and adults, individually- their personalities, challenges, and strengths. I love watching the "ah-ha" moments when someone understands a musical concept or uncovers a new strength for the first time! I also love helping experienced students grow in ways they wouldn't have imagined they were capable!
Nicolle loves teaching and sharing her love of violin and music with her students. She cares about her students and, as a result, her students are motivated to work hard and become their best. She is well organized and is good at knowing how to challenge students enough to keep them moving forward but not too much that they become overly discouraged. My child loves going to her lessons because she enjoys learning with Nicolle.
Nicole is amazing! We feel so grateful we found her. Her knowledge and patience is nothing short of remarkable! We’ve been so impressed with the details she put into technique. We seriously feel like we are her only students because of how personalized her teaching has been. I can’t believe the progress my daughter had made from only a few months of lessons. Nicole is one of a kind and her talent of teaching is outstanding. Even Her ability to remember the tiniest of information regarding previous lessons, comments, questions & my my daughter’s interests blows me away! I would recommend her a thousand times over!!
Nicolle is an amazing person. She puts a high amount of energy, love and care into her teaching. She is genuinely passionate about her teaching and reaching her students. Each week we meet, fills me up with confidence, energy, and love for playing the viola. Our lessons are a big highlight of the week and help me weather the storm. She is methodical in her approach and very easy to work with. I am blessed to work with such a great mentor of not just musical performance/craftsmanship but also life's wonders. Thank you Nicolle for your dedication to your students. You are a totally a rare instructor.
Nicolle is an incredible teacher! I grew up playing the violin, then stopped playing shortly after high school. Ten years later, I've decided to start taking lessons again in my 30's and I couldn't be happier that I found Nicolle to continue my musical education. She's been amazing in helping me focus on technical details as well as improve intonation and musicality. She's so dedicated to her students and genuinely cares about them. Her positivity is contagious and I look forward to my lessons with her all week. She's extremely knowledgeable, patient, inspiring, and creative. I've had several music teachers throughout my life, and she is by far my favorite. I was very nervous to start taking lessons again after such a long time, and she has been nothing but encouraging. I've made so much progress in just one year of lessons. I highly recommend her violin/viola studio and I'm looking forward to learning even more!
I always love to get to know my new students and their parents, when age appropriate, over the phone and by having them observe a group and private lesson. This gives each of us an opportunity to get to know each other and have a better idea of what to expect when working together.
Each of my students is different and each comes with a different unique level of experience. For brand new students that have never played the violin or viola before, we go on a shopping trip and I help you find an instrument! I like to begin learning through the Suzuki Method and we learn both to read music and play by ear.
For more advanced students, we focus on more advanced technique including scales, arpeggios, etudes, and more advanced classical pieces.
I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I also received training as a teacher at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. I have been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 10 years.
Pricing varies according to lesson length.
I have worked with students of all ages- as young as 4 years old and as old as 70. I work with students who have a great attitude, love to learn, and are committed to their growth and success.
Get to know them and ask questions!
Getting to know your teacher, and having them get to know you, is SO important! Music is about more than just notes; it's also about connection. A great teacher will help you to connect with others through your music. But, a great teacher also has to be able to connect with you! So, get to know your teacher and get comfortable with each other.
Some students are afraid to ask questions because... they don't know what questions to ask! Understandable. A great teacher will not only answer your questions but should also be able to anticipate the questions you don't know to ask and guide you through them.
Why do YOU want to play the violin or viola? (YOU. Not your parent.)
After your teacher works with you, are you willing and able to practice as much as they recommend to get better? (This one is big! Many students commit to lessons before they realize that they are too busy with dance, soccer, school, social lives, etc. to have the time to practice. A great teacher will expect their students to practice. And a student that wants to progress will need to make the time for that practice.)
What gets you excited about playing? What are you most excited to play?
Do you have any music goals? (Ex. I want to play duets with my brother who also plays the violin. I have always been shy and want to learn to perform confidently without being afraid. I want to join my community orchestra.)
This is a question for the parents... Parents, if your child is young (~12 years old and younger), they will likely need your support and help when practicing. Are YOU able and willing to help your child to make this a wonderful experience?