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Lessons

I love teaching. I find the human voice fascinating and I feel that everyone has the potential to improve. I work with students of all ages and skill levels, creating an encouraging environment and catering to the unique needs of each student. By employing my extensive classical music training, I thrive in teaching all styles of music and every experience level, from beginner to advanced.
— Nicholas

Lessons take place at a studio in downtown Portland. Please click on the CONTACT tab to inquire about lessons.

Voice Lessons

Nicholas' approach depends on each individual student.  He uses vocal exercises to strengthen and free the voice of tension, all the while creating a fun and relaxing environment. Lessons include breath support, ear training, musicianship skills, body engagement/awareness, reading music, and more.  Nicholas works with students to achieve their individual goals, however small or large they may be.

Piano Lessons

Nicholas strives to make sure all his piano students are playing music they love. He utilizes a combination of sight reading exercises, long-term challenging pieces, and occasionally learning from memory while focusing on posture, musicality, and technique. 

Combination Voice + Piano Lessons

Nicholas has helped several singer/songwriters improve their technique and become more comfortable at playing and singing at the same time. Nicholas has also worked with many performers who play guitar.  While not a guitarist himself, he is well-equipped to support guitarists to maximize their singing and guitar skills.

In-Home Lessons

Nicholas is also available to teach lessons right in your home!  Contact Nicholas for more information, and be sure to include your location. Minimum lesson time must be 1 hour and a piano or keyboard is required.

Pricing

60 minute lesson: $75

45 minute lesson: $60

30 minute Lesson: $42

 

 

testimonials

Nicholas has a genuine love of music and singing which he expresses both in his teaching and his own performances. One thing that makes Nicholas really stand out as teacher is that he really listens to his students and to their voices. Nicholas has focused on freeing my natural sound and developing better resonance through proper placement. Rather than feeling frustrated or self-conscious about having a “difficult” voice, thanks to Nicholas I’m discovering my unique instrument!
— Augustina Ragwitz, voice student
As a singer-songwriter who recently parted ways with her pianist, I needed to figure out how to accompany myself while performing. Piano was always something I wanted to learn, so when I found Nicholas, I was ecstatic. In just a matter of months, I accompanied myself at my first recital! And with less than a year of lessons under my belt, I’m now recording piano tracks for my EP. I would recommend Nicholas to anyone interested in learning piano.
— Natalie Lynn, singer/songwriter
Nicholas is a patient, encouraging and positively-spirited instructor who instills confidence and enthusiasm in his students. His classes are invigorating and therapeutic. I look forward to each and every lesson. Wish I had started taking these classes years ago!
— David Deutsch, voice student
Nicholas has been a fantastic help for me. I highly recommend him for anyone who thinks that they cannot sing, but wants to learn how.
— Sean Mandelbaum, Voice Student