Nicholas Cole-Klaes

Nicholas C.

Garden City, MI
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Piano Lessons

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I aim to instill a love of music and of the instrument through both student guided song selections from popular genres and movie/video game soundtracks, as well as technical and music reading exercises designed to make my students well rounded and ready for any way they choose to pursue music.

About Nicholas C.

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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  • Speaks english, spanish
  • Awarded Full-Tuition Scholarship from Bowling Green State University
  • Teaches students 10 and up

Reviews (37)

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Pete Verdi Nov 10, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Rebecca C. Nov 5, 2019
Trumpet · Online

He is great

Eugenia W. Jul 19, 2019
Piano · In studio

He is professional and patient yet he meets you where you are. I had played piano many years ago and he quickly assessed where I am today and asked what I wanted to accomplish at this point. He showed me things that I was never taught all those years ago. He is kind and so easy to work with. Can't say enough about him. Wasn't sure if I could play again after so many years. I have had hand surgery and can't wait to continue my lessons. He showed me that I can. Great for this old lady, I mean elderly person.

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Pete Verdi May 5, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Isaak O. Apr 16, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Nicholas’s has Great energy and patient instruction for my son’s very first lesson. He was all smiles and excited to learn more!

Bryant W. Apr 7, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Gena Mar 29, 2019
Piano · In studio

He is very professional, cordial and knowledgeable. I played piano many years ago. He taught me helpful information that I hadn't learned at piano lessons in the past
Clear and concise.
He inspired me to enjoy playing the piano again.

Rebecca C. Mar 11, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Shutaro Feb 19, 2019
Piano · In studio

He is the best!

Pete Verdi Oct 28, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Guadalupe B. Sep 23, 2018
Guitar · Online

Panos C. Sep 16, 2018
Trumpet · Online

My son really enjoyed his first lesson and seems genuinely excited for more

Ivy D. Jun 21, 2018
Piano · In home

Helpful, patient and positive with a wide range of student ages. Highly recommend.

Peyton D. Jun 21, 2018
Guitar · In home

Very patient and positive! Will recommend.

Bryant W. Apr 15, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Kevin Jan 16, 2018
Guitar · In studio

The perfect teacher for my stage of development. He really knows jazz, knows how to make my playing better, and is a very supportive teacher.

Shane D. Mar 6, 2017
Guitar · In studio

He is great with my 9 year old son! My son is always excited to go and really enjoys his lessons.

Umang G. Feb 27, 2017
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
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
Piano · In studio

It was very good. I'm looking forward to my next lesson. Thanks.

Tom H. Feb 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

It was very good. I'm looking forward to my next lesson. Thanks.

Mario P. Dec 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

Awesome !

Nate C. Aug 11, 2016
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
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
Bass Guitar · In studio

VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. ...AND PATIENT....look forward to all my remaining lessons with Nick

Holden G. Oct 5, 2015
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
Trumpet · Online

Nicholas knows his stuff. More importantly, he's very patient with this old dude who is trying to get his chops back.

Steve C. May 11, 2015
Trumpet · Online

A good first session. I think Nicholas will prove to be a good coach for me.

Rebecca R. Apr 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio

My son is enjoying his lessons with Nicholas. Nicholas seems to always be well prepared and I love the attentiveness that he has with my son. My son always seems to learn a lot in his lessons and Nicholas helps keeps him engaged and interested to play. Nicholas is a great teacher!

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Katy D. May 24, 2014
Piano ·

I am beginner at playing the piano, and Nic is an awesome teacher because he's patient and any improvement - no matter how big or how small - Nic recognizes and compliments the achievement. He really breaks things down so it's not overwhelming for a beginner, and he allows me to learn at my own pace but he does challenge me to learn. I've learned to know which keys are which, how to place my fingers on the keys and how to relax and play with both hands. I highly recommend Nic as a piano teacher.

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NoahB Mar 6, 2014


Nicholas is such an encouraging, fun, and knowledgeable teacher. He is excellent at teaching how to play guitar-shows the techniques in a patient and fun manner. I highly recommend Nicholas for anyone wanting to learn guitar.

BetsyA Mar 6, 2014


Nic can relate to the child's ability level and instructs them as such. He is very reasonably priced; flexible which is immensely helpful if I have to chance a lesson; and comes to the house - another bonus.
I recommend him.

JeffreyC Apr 26, 2011

creative yet focused instruction

RichardM Mar 2, 2011

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Nic is teaching me a lot I am having a lot of fun he is vary knowledgeable it is fun to learn from him

HarriettaC Nov 20, 2010

Thanks for being so supportive and encouraging to the kids.

KarenG Oct 18, 2010

My 8 year old plays piano. My 10 year old plays trumpet. Neither knew anything about music when they started. Mr. Nick, as my children calls him, is wonderful with them both. They both have progressed faster than I ever thought. His teaching methods are awesome.

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PamelaJ Sep 7, 2010

I am very pleased at Austins progression.


Bassist/Band Leader
Mar 2016 - Present

Weekend ComeBack, LLC

Arrange for over 150 live performances a year Conduct music director duties, including but not limited to preparing charts and rehearsing the group

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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Full-Tuition Scholarship
Sep 2012

Bowling Green State University

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