Teaching

My teaching is guided by the goals and interests of my students – what draws them to music. I really value understanding my students and where they’re coming from. It’s my goal to create the steps that most easily help them connect with music and with themselves, moment to moment, throughout the learning process.

I offer knowledge, guidance, and personal support and I love seeing a student find their voice and bring something unique and new into the world.

My students have included:

– A young kid, studying violin for the first time, drawn to it by its tone.

– A college student, taking cello lessons to hone their technique for a solo performance.

– A retiree, playing cello music for relaxation, focus, and community.

– A busy professional, with experience taking piano lessons as a kid, returning to it for their own enjoyment.

I teach cello, violin, viola, composition, and piano, using the Dounis method as the foundation for much of my teaching. This approach unites body awareness and the student’s personal voice with a clear, step-by-step learning process. I also incorporate the latest in psychological strategies and techniques, so that practice itself is a rich and satisfying experience. Improvisation and composition are also wonderful tools for self-expression and musical exploration that I incorporate into lessons.

For students who benefit from them, I offer practice plans, online lesson notes, and between-lesson feedback. For very young students, I sometimes teach “color-based” music reading, which is both fun and effective.

Feel free to get in touch, if you’d like to talk about lessons.

Testimonials

I’ve studied cello with Nick for the better part of a year, and I can attest to the fact that he’s a phenomenal teacher. As a concurrent student and teacher myself, I appreciate three main qualities in a teacher: mastery of material; flexible but structured pedagogy, and genuine connection with students. Nick demonstrates all three of these qualities. – Andrew, graduate student

Nick has been teaching cello to our two kids (ages 11 and 9) for about 10 months. He has been a wonderful teacher. My daughter has made significant progress that his cello teacher at school commented several times how well she plays. – Jing