Nick McLean

Nick M.

The Colony, TX
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Ear Training

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ear training is paramount when learning to play music. It is the tool that connects the ideas in our head to the instrument itself - allowing you to express yourself more accurately.

In comparison... Ear training is equivalent to hearing the words in your head the split second before you say them - allowing you to say the exact words you mean to say.

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Nick teaches



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Nick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a 29 year old, energetic teacher of almost any instrument, with my main instrument being trumpet. I have my masters in jazz studies from The University of North Texas, near Dallas Texas. I also have been teaching since 2008!

As a performing musician in the DFW area my goal is to help students understand how music works, develop great practice techniques, and create a hobby or profession that will last a lifetime.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is an hour long consisting of several different parts to help students to understand music from several different view points.
- First we engage in some guided listening to broaden our perspective of music and learn about the history of music.
- Second we work on fundamentals that help us to play music. This is like learning the alphabet before you learn to spell. We don't skimp on this part!
- Third we work our mind from a theoretical approach to understand the math behind how music works.
- Finally we spend the last third of the lesson applying all of this knowledge to a solo, song, or lesson book.

I aim to give you the tools to study the music you want to study!

*** Equipment ***
Students should have a stand and their instrument for our first lesson. After the first lesson we will pick a book, song, or solo based on your level. If you need help, I can help you to find an affordable quality instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Improvisation/Performance
Classical Trumpet
Cover Band (Trumpet)
Beginner Trumpet or Piano
Theory at all levels.
Solo Music Preparation
Audition Prep.
How to make a band.
Music Management (how to manage a band).
How to get a gig (any age level).

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Freelance Musician
Aug 2016 - Present
NM Music

Nick performs in DFW with several jazz bands, cover bands, and his own band the NM Jazztet.

Private Instructor
Jan 2014 - Present
NM Music

Nick has his own studio, in addition to take lessons.

Assistant band director
Nov 2013 - Aug 2014
Fort Worth ISD

Before Nick went to receive a masters degree from University of North Texas, he worked as a Assistant Band Director in the FW ISD.


Masters in Jazz Studies
Aug 2014 - Jun 2017
University of North Texas
Music Education
Aug 2008 - Dec 2012
Mansfield a University Of PA


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


TX Music Education
Aug 2013

Texas Certified Music Educator.

PA Music Education
Jan 2013

State certified music educator


Service and Dedication Award
May 2014
FWISD - Joycelyn Barnett
Leadership Award
May 2014
Fort Worth ISD - Joycelyn Barnett


Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 2017

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Jan 2012

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME.

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8 Reviews

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David Jul 8, 2019
Trumpet · In home

My son started taking lessons a year ago, Nick used his strengths to help him learn. He has become inspired with the trumpet, and started to play a little every day.

Jose Jul 8, 2019
Trumpet · Online

I am taking online lessons with Nick, and he has helped me to understand what it is to be a musician. Before I started taking lessons, if someone asked me to play something, I was not able to do it without getting a sheet of music out and struggling A LOT. Now I am starting to be able to play the music I want to play, both by ear and reading. He teaches much more than just playing band music. I wish I could take more than a few lessons this summer.

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Vaishnavi Jul 6, 2019
Piano · In home

I have a 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son both have been learning Piano for the last 2 years. Nick takes a holistic approach in teaching piano as opposed to sticking with the book. It includes creating a passion about listening different music, learning scales and chords outside of the book. I have recommended Nick to all my friends

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Jordan Jul 5, 2019
Piano · In home

My son has been playing piano for 3 years, and after coming to have lessons with Nick on the third year, I realized how much he includes in his lessons. The previous piano teacher had never talked about listening to music, music history, or music theory! Thanks for your hard work Nick! I’d recommend him to anyone.

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Riley Jul 1, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Great way to learn jazz. Nick has me listening to a bunch of great music and practicing actual jazz standards. I hope to start a jazz band this year - he has helped me to get to get this organized as well.

John Jul 1, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Thanks for your great teaching! I am a 30 year old trumpeter, learning for the first time. Nick was able to listen to my goals and my current ability, in order to give me appropriate homework! I am actually proud of my accomplishment so far.

Ryan Jun 29, 2015
Trombone · In studio

Nick is wonderful and I highly recommend him. He is patient, knowledgeable and has a real excitement for teaching. My son truly enjoys the lessons.

Vinay B. Jan 25, 2015
French Horn · In home

Nick is very patient and dedicated. Our daughter really enjoys his lessons, and is learning a lot from him. I would strongly recommend Nick, he is a great teacher, very flexible, punctual, sincere and overall a very nice guy.

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