Nicholas Heaton

Nicholas H.

Smyrna, GA
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Lesson Details

Viola

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.
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About

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Nicholas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 3+

Teaching since:
August 2009

Nicholas is a professional cellist that has studied since the age of 9. He has now been teaching the cello, viola, and violin for the past seven years for students of all ages, beginner to pre-college level.

Throughout Nicholas’s career, he has been an active member of Honors Orchestras, Youth Symphonies, Chamber ensembles, Opera Symphonies, and his university’s symphony. His music consists of mostly a classical nature with some contemporary and popular music ensembles.

Nicholas trained for three years in college under the renowned cellist Martha Gerschefski, whose accomplishments are too many to list. He also trained under Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University.

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Experience

String Instructor
Nov 2012 - Present
Dallas Cultural Arts Center

Far to the northwest of Atlanta, a small studio. Started with 2 students and they still take from me to this day!

String Instructor
Aug 2012 - Present
Lessons in Your Home

Teaching all around Atlanta areas in student's homes, an active roster of 10 or more students at near all times.

String Instructor
Aug 2008 - Present
Private Studio

My own personal studio, ranging from one cello student at the beginning to now a wide roster of cellists, violinists, and violists, some in Honors Orchestra, community Orchestras, and their own chamber ensembles.

Sectional Cellist
Aug 2009 - May 2014
Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra

My University's Symphony Orchestra rehearsed three times a week for two hours per session, and had a concert roughly every month.

Sectional Cellist
Aug 2007 - May 2009
Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra

Cellist with the top symphony in the Youth program for several years.

Education

Bachelor's in Music Performance
Aug 2009 - Jun 2014
Georgia State University
High School Diploma
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Harrison High School

Languages

English
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Gerschefski/Reader Cello Scholarship
Aug 2011
Martha Gerschefski

Photos & Videos

Photo by Nicholas H.

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30 Reviews

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Christina Nov 14, 2017
Violin · In studio

Very knowledgeable, clear instructions

Neel S. Nov 8, 2017
Cello · Online

My son had a very good experience; we had some technical issues in the beginning and Nicholas was very patient and stayed on with us to ensure that my son didn’t miss out on the class. I would definitely recommend Nicholas to my friends and on my local neighborhood Facebook page thankyou!

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Chad D. Jul 12, 2017
Cello · Online

Nicholas was very detailed in his explanations, as well as, patient.

Marcelo M. Jun 13, 2017
Violin · Online

he is very helpful and he makes me a better violinist.

Marcelo M. Jun 6, 2017
Violin · Online

thank you for the lesson and now i know what i need to practice.

Poornima N. May 21, 2017
Violin · In studio

Wonderful teacher

Monica H. Apr 28, 2017
Cello · In home

went over where i left with last teacher. He also went over some foundational lessons .

Tiffany Feb 27, 2017
Cello · Online

Hari Pramod G. Feb 26, 2017
Violin · In studio

This was my first music class and Nicholas explained all basics which is essential and looking forward

Vivian C. Jan 24, 2017
Violin · Online

Nicholas is a great violin teacher. My son likes his teaching very much. Nicholas is very knowledge for the music he is teaching, and he provides great practice notes for every class. The practice notes is very helpful for my son.

Raymond Y. Nov 8, 2016
Cello · Online

Just had one leason. Very good experience.

Ashley Jun 1, 2016
Violin · In home

FANTASTIC!!!

David May 3, 2016
Cello · In studio

He is a great instructor. He explains everything from the basic. I will continue my lessons.

unni Apr 21, 2016
Cello · Online

I was initially skeptical about taking online music lesson for my son. But Nicholas is very methodical and very attentive so that being online does not deter the lesson quality. Highly recommend him.

Maria B. Apr 21, 2016
Violin · Online

He is very professional and knowledgeable, always on time for each lesson. He was able to help me improve from the first lesson.

Saadhana K. Apr 21, 2016
Violin · Online

Nick is a very good teacher. I have been learning Violin from Nick for about 3 months now and things are progressing very well. I like the way Nick navigates through the lessons, by understanding the student's plus/minuses and progress.

Paul Apr 21, 2016
Violin · Online

Nicholas is very helpful and accommodating. I'm trying to learn this instrument while in grad school and would not be able to do so if not for Nicholas.

Sarah G. Mar 8, 2016
Violin · Online

As an adult student, Nicholas is a fantastic instructor. He corrects technique rather than focusing on small mistakes (like a flubbed note). He's very easy to work with and challenges me each lesson so that I am never bored and never feel like I am wasting time working on perfecting a two note exercise because he pushes me to play further and further in the practice book. Absolutely the best experience for an adult student (any student, really).

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jayden C. Feb 19, 2016
Violin · In home

Nicholas seems like a really nice person. This was our first lesson with my 11 year old son and I like how he interacts when giving instructions. He seems very patient and understanding. I will give update as lessons continue

Jinhee Feb 18, 2016
Violin · Online

a lot attention to detail and technique when playing violin. Great for daughter because until now she has been all about rushing and getting it over with.. Now it will be more about taking time with each piece and aim for perfection. Even tho she is going over pieces she already played she's not complaining.

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Bente Basmajian Feb 6, 2016
Cello · Online

Nick is an awesome instructor!

Andrew D. Feb 3, 2016
Violin · Online

Great experience!

Melissa L. Feb 3, 2016
Cello · In studio

Nicholas is such an amazing teacher! He is very thorough and makes sure that you understand and learn everything properly. He goes at a pace that is perfect for me and tailors to your specific needs. I look forward continuing my lessons and highly recommend him!

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Rose H. Feb 3, 2016
Violin · Online

Very friendly, knowledgably, easy going. I enjoyed the class and felt at ease. Can't wait for next weeks class.

Patrick Jan 31, 2016
Cello · Online

Excellent first class.

Sarah Jan 25, 2016
Violin · Online

SO happy with my first class - instead of treating me like a beginning 8 year old (I'm almost 30), he willingly focused on technique and accepted my word that I have read music before (I played piano for several years) instead of forcing me to read a treble clef to him. He also immediately addressed my most pressing concerns (such as bow hold) as I am trying to partially self teach in the interest of time and money using online lessons, etc. Focusing on technique instead of how to pizzicato a quarter note allows me to practice and his teaching style, telling me what mistakes I may be making and why I am making them as a beginner (too much pressure, too little, etc) really allows me to try and improve before the next lesson. I am INCREDIBLY happy with his flexibility and teaching style and will gladly continue taking lessons from him. Highly recommend, at least for the adult beginners like myself!

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Dianna Jan 18, 2016
Violin · In studio

Nicholas is a wonderful teacher. He is very knowledgeable and patient. I have taken two lessons and look forward to many more.

Victoria G. Jan 16, 2016
Cello · In home

Nicholas is an excellent teacher. He made our daughter feel at ease almost immediately and that's not always the simplest thing to do. After one class, we are already seeing an improvement and she's a more confident cellist.

Betsy Jan 11, 2016
Cello · In home

Nicholas is an inspiring teacher who strives for excellence while focusing on the student's individual situation and needs. Beginning lessons as an adult with some musical experience with other instruments as a child and early teen, he has been able to build quickly on what I already knew, and "undo" improper technique which could have caused physical harm if continued. He is able to encourage and motivate in the difficult and frustrating moments common to all students.

I highly recommend Nicholas for any age or level student.

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Alicia Jan 7, 2016
Cello · Online

Nicholas began as my son's cello instructor when he was 10, and we are now beginning our third year under Nicholas' instruction. He has a very patient, quiet manner while teaching, though it is common to hear chuckles coming from the room during the lesson. Nicholas is himself an excellent musician, but he has very realistic expectations for his students. My son has made tremendous progress on the cello in a short time. Originally, we were in the same city with Nicholas, so the lessons occurred in our home. Recently, we moved out of state, and are thrilled that we can continue lessons with him online. Some of the things I have especially appreciated about him are his punctuality, being prompt and timely in his communications with us, and his willingness to work out scheduling details with us. Highly recommend Nicholas!

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