Nina Tolins
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Nina Tolins

Nina T.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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About Nina T.

An Associate Coach & protégé of legendary multi-Grammy & Tony winners’ vocal coach, Katie Agresta, Nina holds a BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music & Voice from The New School University.

Nina studied Opera with Prof. Kathleen Blix and Jazz with Dr. Dave LaLama at Hofstra University as well as all classical and contemporary genres, songwriting & production with award-winning coach, Elisa Hale

A highly sort-after vocal coach, many of Nina’s current & former students have attained professional & academic success -NYSSMA & NAfME All County / All State Choirs, University Degrees, Professional auditions. They range from a Portugul pop
star, to Bollywood singers, a Metropolitan Opera singer, multiple Broadway cast members, Metropolitan Opera Children’s Choir singers, and many professional performing & recording jazz, rock, pop, country, blues, gospel, classical & variety, even a few rap artists.

"My main goal for you is to protect your voice while giving you the confidence to take your singing to the next level - and from there? - consistently progress. I will help you achieve control and artistry and give you the tools to reach your particular vocal goals.

I can help you with all your vocal and music needs, from beginner through professional levels and cover a wide range of technique and performance coaching :

vocal technique, performance coaching, warm-ups, sight-reading, solfege, ear training,
music theory, pitch control, breath control, phrasing, dynamics, active listening,
diaphragm support, tone creation, sound placement, blending registers, break elimination,
song interpretation, vocal performance, repertoire, medleys & mash-ups, harmonizing,
back-up singing, improv & scat, scales & runs, falsetto & head voice, range expansion,
stamina & agility, stage presence, vocal health, acting for singers, songwriting, arranging,
recording, production, overdubs & tracking, all genres - all ages

I sincerely hope you and your family have been safe and sound during these rough times of global illness. Singing is still not allowed in schools or in public but that does not mean we have to stop using our voice. In times of crisis, music helps us manage our stress and bring joy to our lives. Gives us a sense of purpose and a sense of community even when we may be alone.

Now more than ever, a singer needs to protect their voice and, expand their knowledge and technique to meet the new normal where performance includes even more virtual and visual venues and your audience is no longer contained to a small club or even large concert arena - it is now the population of the entire globe ! - I will do all I can to make sure you, as a vocalist and contributor to our planet's artistic achievements, are equipped with the tools to put your best voice forward.


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15 Reviews
Matthew Brown
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My daughter absolutely loved her first lesson with Nina! She told me that in just the one lesson it had mad ea difference in her singing and vocal control.

Posted Apr 20, 2021
Paulette K.
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She's very kind. She helps you with your range and more! I suggest you go to her to help become a better singer.

Posted Mar 10, 2021
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Wow, one lesson in, and my daughter is very pleased. She is looking forward to the next lesson. Thank you for being so professional.

Posted Mar 3, 2021
Charmyne J.
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I had my first lesson this Wednesday, she made me feel so comfortable and fun . Thank you so much God bless you ❤ 🙏

Posted Feb 18, 2021
Cliff W.
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Nina is really good. She improved my confidence and increased my range in the very first lesson. She understood my needs and things to improve on and passed on really good an impactful links on what to practice. I look forward to taking lessons with Nina for a long time.

Posted Feb 7, 2021
Kim H.
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Today was my first singing lesson with Nina, who is amazing by the way! I was nervous but Nina was able to ease my nerves by her professionalism and relatable demeanor. Her expertise is evident and she really listened to my singing past to gain an understanding. Nina is very encouraging and I’m looking forward to more lessons! Thanks Nina!

Posted Jan 31, 2021
Carly G.
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Great first lesson! Very helpful feedback and clear first goals. Looking forward to growing with her!

Posted Jan 16, 2021
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Mackenzie really enjoyed her first session

Posted Dec 30, 2020
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Rebekah loves her singing lessons. Just upgraded to ongoing.

Posted Dec 15, 2020
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Nina's great! My daughter's shy by nature but Nina really brought out her confidence.

Posted Nov 5, 2020
Sophia F.
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Nina did a full assessment if my daughter's current singing ability, and she was spot on! I was super impressed. She is great and we can't wait to work with her!

Posted Nov 5, 2020
Kate ..
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Nina is an amazing voice teacher! She has been teaching my 2 daughters for several months and I could see a huge improvement on their singing skill. Her class is fun and full of energy. She also designs the classes based on each student's strength and weakness (my two daughters are completely different). My girls love her classes and we strongly recommend her to others who want to learn singing!

Posted Oct 20, 2020
Diana L.
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Nina is a great instructor. She goes out of her way to help her clients achieve a spectacular voice and performance.

Posted Oct 4, 2020
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An update after six lessons: Nina continues to be an amazon vocal coach - she kicks off lessons with friendly warmups, she creates fun activities for me to learn how to sing and lets me go at my own pace, so I'm never drowning in technical terms but always learning. Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 26, 2020
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Nina is a wonderful teacher - very helpful and able to meet me at my (very basic) skill level.

Posted Aug 24, 2020

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Voice & Music Teacher, NYSSMA Specialist
Feb 2011 - Present

Sam Ash Music Stores

Vocal Coach (also Music & Theory) NAfME/NYSSMA Specialist training elementary, secondary, college voice students for National and Regional Conferences, Auditions, Juries and Finals Vocal Coach students range from children through teens and adults including professional performing & recording jazz, rock, contemporary, country, blues, gospel, R&B, opera, classical & variety artists.

Associate Coach & Vocal Pro
Sep 2006 - Present

Katie Agresta Studios / Magicsong Studios

Vocal Pro : performing and recording vocalist for hire: lead, background, harmonies, multiple genres, production and vocal/instrument arrangements Associate Coach: one of only three coaches certified world-wide to teach the legendary "Katie Agresta Vocal Technique" by Katie Agresta - vocal coach of numerous Grammy and Tony Award Winners such as Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Cindy Lauper, Annie Lennox, etc.

Lead Vocalist, Songwriter, Music Director
Sep 2005 - Present


Performing, Recording & Video Artist, lead & background vocalist, songwriter, music director/band leader of the bands NINA, Nina & the Rebels, Nina & the Jazz Hawks performing & recording with world famous sidemen : Nina and the Rebels: drums: Steve Holley (Paul McCartney's Wings, Elton John), John O. Reilly (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) piano/keys: Harry Whitaker (Roberta Flack, Madonna), Alan St. Jon (Billy Squier), Elisa Hale (Mink DeVille/Willy DeVille, The Montereys) guitars & bass: Bob Stander (Pete Townshend, Ricky Byrd), Benny Landa (Carol King), Keith Lentin (Stryper, Blondie Chaplin) Nina and the Jazz Hawks: piano/keys: Harry Whitaker (Roberta Flack, Blood Sweat & Tears) sax: Myron Walden ( Wynton Marsalis, Esmeralda Spalding) trumpet: Joe Magnarelli (Harry Connick, Jr, )


BFA Voice, Music, Jazz and Contemporary Music
Sep 2002 - May 2006

New School University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Voice & Music Coach
Jan 2015

NYSSMA - New York State School Music Association

certification to coach and prepare NYSSMA students for Annual NYSSMA testing and evaluation conferences
Katie Agresta Vocal Pro & Associate Coach
Sep 2010

Katie Agresta Vocal Studio

One of only three coaches certified world-wide to teach the legendary "Katie Agresta Vocal Technique" by Katie Agresta - vocal coach of numerous Grammy and Tony Award Winners such as Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Cindy Lauper, Annie Lennox, etc.


Song of the Year Award - R&B/Gospel Category
Feb 2017

Song of the Year

Best Singer on Long Island - 2011-2014
Aug 2011

Long Island Press Association

Song of the Year Award - Pop Category
Feb 2011

Song of the Year

Billboard World Songwriting Award - Honorable Mention
Sep 2008


Billboard World Songwriting Award - R&B Category
Sep 2008



National Association for Music Education
Jan 2015
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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