Nicholas Cole-Klaes

Nicholas C.

Garden City, MI

About Nicholas C.

Nicholas teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: September 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday


Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.

Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical piano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.

From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method under Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.

Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.

His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!

The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.

*** Lesson Details ***
During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.

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Music Director
Aug 2014 - Present
Unity of Farmington Hills

Conduct, rehearse and perform with amateur vocal group as well as small rock ensemble at weekly service.

Aug 2013 - Oct 2014
Karin Elizabeth & The Remedy Band

Play bass in a Top 40 Cover band situation.
200+ performances per year


Bachelors of Music
Sep 2013 - Present
Wayne State University
Bachelors of Music
Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
Bowling Green State University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Full-Tuition Scholarship
Sep 2012
Bowling Green State University

20 Reviews on Nicholas C.

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Umang G. Feb 27, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My both boys liked the first piano class with Mr. Nick. They are looking forward for their next classes.
Zoey M. Feb 21, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Awesome teacher. He is very patient, with my 11 year old daughter. Nick makes sure to mention her progress, and is always encouraging which also helps her self confidence. I highly recommend Nick.
Tom H. Feb 21, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
It was very good. I'm looking forward to my next lesson. Thanks.
Tom H. Feb 21, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
It was very good. I'm looking forward to my next lesson. Thanks.
Mario P. Dec 6, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Awesome !
Nate C. Aug 11, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Nic has been so helpful helping my son get ready for his Jazz band this fall - working with him on all the new jazz chords he needs to learn, timing and even finding the right chords on YouTube and slowing them down so he can learn them more easily.
Kevin C. May 24, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Nicholas is very well educated and a extremely patient teacher. I'm very excited to continue learning piano with him.
DAR M. Oct 12, 2015
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. ...AND PATIENT....look forward to all my remaining lessons with Nick
Holden G. Oct 5, 2015
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
My son is 6 years old without any instruction in music and yet Nick was still able to communicate with him. It was great that he could laugh with my son as much as he did. We are both looking forward to the next lesson!
Steve C. Jul 9, 2015
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Nicholas knows his stuff. More importantly, he's very patient with this old dude who is trying to get his chops back.
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