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Nicole C.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Music performance can mean many things; how do you perform in a band, in a musical, during an audition, in a coffee shop, in front of 10,000 people, in front of 1 person, even in front of a mirror. I have done all of these, and from my experience, each one requires something different. I can show you how. I also have a microphone and amplified sound in my studio.
About Nicole C.

Nicole C.Is available for online lessons. Nicole has been singing for over 25 years and teaching music since 2012. Her latest project, Vox Medusa, has performed the last 4 years at the MN Fringe Festival, winning them Audience Choice. Nicole teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Nicole is the Music Director at MN Valley UU Fellowship. Nicole developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, confidence, ear-training, memorization and techniques by creating a safe space for expression. Her positive and approachable personality sets the tone for a good singing experience. In Beginning lessons, we discuss goals of the student to establish the skill level, beginning with vocalizes. Reading music isn't mandatory. Nicole sometimes incorporates classical technique as she believes it is rooted as a foundation for good breath support and quality of tone. After initial lessons, student's continue to explore other styles including jazz, musical theater, world, improvisation, rock, and contemporary, depending on the student's goals. Nicole attended McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN. She also continues to perform nationally and Internationally with various local, while teaching at performing arts schools in the Twin Cities.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2012

Education

Music Leadership

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Teaches ages 8+

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Speaks Spanish

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Nicole C.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Music performance can mean many things; how do you perform in a band, in a musical, during an audition, in a coffee shop, in front of 10,000 people, in front of 1 person, even in front of a mirror. I have done all of these, and from my experience, each one requires something different. I can show you how. I also have a microphone and amplified sound in my studio.
About Nicole C.

Nicole C.Is available for online lessons. Nicole has been singing for over 25 years and teaching music since 2012. Her latest project, Vox Medusa, has performed the last 4 years at the MN Fringe Festival, winning them Audience Choice. Nicole teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Nicole is the Music Director at MN Valley UU Fellowship. Nicole developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, confidence, ear-training, memorization and techniques by creating a safe space for expression. Her positive and approachable personality sets the tone for a good singing experience. In Beginning lessons, we discuss goals of the student to establish the skill level, beginning with vocalizes. Reading music isn't mandatory. Nicole sometimes incorporates classical technique as she believes it is rooted as a foundation for good breath support and quality of tone. After initial lessons, student's continue to explore other styles including jazz, musical theater, world, improvisation, rock, and contemporary, depending on the student's goals. Nicole attended McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN. She also continues to perform nationally and Internationally with various local, while teaching at performing arts schools in the Twin Cities.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2012

Education

Music Leadership

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 8+

Speaks

Speaks Spanish

Speaks

Has background check

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Nicole is a wonderful voice teacher! Each lesson starts with breathing, posture, centering and words of encouragement. My favorite line is “remember to lead with your heart.” Her lessons are organized, through, but not overwhelming. She also teaches how to practice and use practice time effectively. But the most wonderful thing about Nicole is how she helps me to have confidence in my voice and creates an environment where I feel free to share my voice, cracks and all. ~Janet

Posted Feb 21, 2022
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“If you’re wondering if this person is an excellent music coach, she is. If you are wondering if she can help you improve your singing skills, she can. If you are wondering if she is gentle, intuitive, patient, funny, engaging and honest, she is. If you are wondering if she loves her work, I believe she does. I cannot say enough glowing and positive things about Nicole. I feel very lucky to have met her in my lifetime and lucky to have had her as a teacher and friend. I met Nicole through my church. I remember watching her work with the children’s choir after a service one Sunday. She was amazing to watch. She was teaching them a song from the movie Moana. The song was in a different language and very difficult to learn in my opinion. It was “Foa’i-We Know The Way”. This is when I first saw Nicole’s gift. She was engaging, funny, clear, and happy, and I could just feel the love that the children had for her and that she had for them. She brought her whole wonderful self to that moment in time with them and she was amazing. They eventually performed that song for the church during a service and it was beautiful. I have, since that time, joined the church choir where Nicole is now the music director and I have taken private voice lessons from her. She is the biggest reason that I have begun experiencing music again in a deep and meaningful way. I hadn’t sung for anyone in more than 30 years. That moment of seeing Nicole in her element, with the kids and with the music, gave me the courage to try something that I used to love to do, sing. I am grateful to her for all her talent and patience, and compassion, and caring and sensitivity as well as her kind honesty and her magical way of bringing her unique self to what she loves. She gives so much in her lessons and directing and it is clear that she loves doing what she does. She is gifted with an ability to gently bring out the hidden tender insides of people with humor and fun and love and music. So, if you are wondering if she is worth the price of a lesson, I’d have to say, no. She is worth much more than that, but a lesson is a good place to start.” Kaizen Joseph Hummer (he/they)

Posted Jul 7, 2020
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“My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Nicole for years now. Our experience has been only positive one in so many ways. From a professional standpoint, Nicole is friendly and energetic towards her students, responsive and organized with parents in addition to being flexible with schedules and the needs to each family. Nicole’s experience and expertise in vocal training is also apparent through the notable progress we have seen over the course of our daughter’s lessons. It is important to note that not only has our daughter’s signing quality improved, but her confidence as a whole has also been elevated. Thank you Nicole for all of you bring to your lessons! There is so much more happening than just signing J - Thank you Allison W. (Parent)”

Posted Jul 7, 2020
Music Director
Mar 2019 - Present
Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Runs the music program at MN Valley UU Fellowship.
Vocal Director
Sep 2017 - Present
Minneapolis Public School Community Education
The vocal director for 3 public schools community education program, for full musicals, mulitcultural singing classes, and creative cabaret's.
Singer for Medusa, MN Fringe
Aug 2017 - Present
Vox Medusa
In August, 2017, the multi-media performing arts group Vox Medusa, performed an original adaptation of Medusa. It was a success and is in the works to be remounted. I played the part of Goddess Athena.
Children's Choir Director
Sep 2016 - Present
Private Church
Organizing and directing the children's choir, while communicating all needs to families and members. Rehearsing and performing with children from September through June.
Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Minneapple Performing Arts
Head vocal instructor for performing arts school.
Music Leadership
Jul 2019
Unitarian Universalist Association
Associates of Arts
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Inver Hills Community College
Vocal performance
Sep 2000 - Jun 2002
McNally Smith College of Music
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
MN Fringe Audience Choice
Aug 2015
MN Finge Festival
Minneapolis Music Teachers Association
Jan 2015
The Minnesota Music Teachers Association, founded in 1901, is a professional non-profit educational organization and is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, founded in 1876. Our mission is to advance the profession of music teaching through education, certification, networking, and advocacy.

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Music Performance
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Zenith Ave S
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$70
60 minutes
$90
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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