Nicholas Heaton
Smyrna, GA
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Nicholas Heaton

Nicholas H.

Smyrna, GA
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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.

About Nicholas H.

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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Papo R.
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Nicholas was very professional. I've been playing cello for 13 years and have played in many community symphonies. I've never had a private lesson and just learned what I was taught in grad school. Although I was skeptical on online lessons, Nicholas has already shown me some bad habits i have and how to break them and we're already moving on to some hard stuff. I'm excited to where my next 9 lessons will take me. Perhaps even with more lessons on the way. Thanks Nicholas!

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Ava M.
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Nicholas is amazing! He knows how to really explain the viola so that my 10 year-old understands. He’s also very kind.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Micah C.
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I am an adult contemplating learning cello as a new hobby. Nicholas was very nice and answered all of my questions. I am looking forward to starting regular lessons with Nicholas.

Posted Mar 31, 2020
Lydia "Dia"
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I learned all kinds of things I never knew about my posture, bow hold, and bowing. I am further excited to continue to practice and learn more from Nicholas. I am an adult learner returning to cello after 20 years.

Posted Mar 31, 2020
K.C. H.
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Posted Jan 13, 2020
Renee
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Posted Dec 17, 2019
Evelyn

Very patient with my 7 year old.

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Kevin

Nicholas was very patient with my daughter and very thorough. We had two lessons at his apartment then moved online.

Posted Oct 21, 2019
Melynda
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We love Mr. Heaton. My son is 13 and on the autism spectrum and so focus can be hard for him, he was really struggling in school based orchestra because they couldn't give him one on one attention. He also struggles with fine motor delays (which is why we chose a string instrument). We've been doing lessons with Nicholas for almost a year now. Nicholas always takes his time with my child and is extremely patient. My son has gained SO much confidence since we began taking these private lessons. They work on not just learning to play cello but learning how to really understand/read the music and making sure that the techniques he's learning (hand positions, ways of sitting and moving) are all exactly what he needs to progress successfully in his orchestra and going forward. My son enjoys his lessons and I feel like we always get our money's worth. I can't wait to see where he will be another year from now working so closely with such an amazing musician and teacher.

Posted Sep 3, 2019
Brooke M.
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Nicholas, was great! He made sure my daughter understood everything and was easy to understand.

Posted Aug 1, 2019
Kat
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Nicholas has been a great guide to my revisiting the cello. It had been almost 30 years since my last lesson, and he has reminded and coached many skills I had forgotten, and has taught me new ways thinking and playing.

Posted Jul 8, 2019
K.C. H.
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THREE THUMBS UP

Posted Jul 1, 2019
K.C. H.
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He's really helpful

Posted Apr 8, 2019
James B.
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Posted Mar 18, 2019
Leigh N.
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Fantastic teacher!!

Posted Mar 12, 2019
K.C. H.
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way better than my current teacher

Posted Feb 11, 2019
Eric
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Great

Posted Jan 15, 2019
Eric
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Posted Jan 1, 2019
Cortney
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Posted Dec 10, 2018
James B.
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Posted Sep 10, 2018
Kassandra
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Posted Sep 10, 2018
Suman M.
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This is my fourth lesson with Nicholas. He is patient, explains each concept, and corrects me when I am making a mistake. Learning with him till now had been a very good experience. I hope to make good progress in the coming months. Thanks.

Posted Jul 19, 2018
Alexander H.
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Fantastic instructor, extremely patient and knowledgeable, highly recommend him.

Posted Jul 13, 2018
Henry
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Posted May 14, 2018
Kelli
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Nicholas is professional, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I am excited about future lessons!

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Euna
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Nicholas is a very professional and experienced teacher. I've learning cello from him about 4months for now and I found myself I enjoy the process a lot.

Posted Mar 26, 2018
Ya Z.
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Posted Feb 16, 2018
Hayden G.
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Excellent experience for my son. Nicholas is filling in many gaps for him and laying a foundation for his future. Highly recommended!

Posted Jan 5, 2018
Gabriel G.
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Posted Jan 5, 2018
Elaina S.
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This was just our first lesson but Nicholas was great and the online format was easy and workable. There really is no need to be physically in the same room!

Posted Jan 3, 2018
Nikki W.
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I’ve taken lessons from Nicholas for about a month now, and he’s a fantastic instructor. As an adult beginner, I appreciate how patient he is and he explains technique/fundamentals in a way I can understan. I definitely feel challenged, and I leave each lesson wanting to practice for the next lesson. He’s also provided a lot of guidance for purchasing a cello and bow. Awesome experience so far.

Posted Jan 2, 2018
Christina
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Very knowledgeable, clear instructions

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Neel S.
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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!

Posted Nov 8, 2017
Chad D.
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Nicholas was very detailed in his explanations, as well as, patient.

Posted Jul 12, 2017
Marcelo M.
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he is very helpful and he makes me a better violinist.

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Marcelo M.
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thank you for the lesson and now i know what i need to practice.

Posted Jun 6, 2017
Poornima N.
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Wonderful teacher

Posted May 21, 2017
Monica H.
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went over where i left with last teacher. He also went over some foundational lessons .

Posted Apr 28, 2017
Tiffany
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Posted Feb 27, 2017
Hari Pramod G.
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This was my first music class and Nicholas explained all basics which is essential and looking forward

Posted Feb 26, 2017
Vivian C.
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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.

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Raymond Y.
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Just had one leason. Very good experience.

Posted Nov 8, 2016
Ashley
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FANTASTIC!!!

Posted Jun 1, 2016
David
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He is a great instructor. He explains everything from the basic. I will continue my lessons.

Posted May 3, 2016
unni
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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.

Posted Apr 21, 2016
Maria B.
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He is very professional and knowledgeable, always on time for each lesson. He was able to help me improve from the first lesson.

Posted Apr 21, 2016
Saadhana K.
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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.

Posted Apr 21, 2016
Paul
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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.

Posted Apr 21, 2016
Sarah G.
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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).

Posted Mar 8, 2016
jayden C.
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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

Posted Feb 19, 2016
Jinhee
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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.

Posted Feb 18, 2016
Bente Basmajian
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Nick is an awesome instructor!

Posted Feb 6, 2016
Andrew D.
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Great experience!

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Melissa L.
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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!

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Rose H.
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Very friendly, knowledgably, easy going. I enjoyed the class and felt at ease. Can't wait for next weeks class.

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Patrick
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Excellent first class.

Posted Jan 31, 2016
Sarah
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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!

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Dianna T.
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Nicholas is a wonderful teacher. He is very knowledgeable and patient. I have taken two lessons and look forward to many more.

Posted Jan 18, 2016
Victoria G.
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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.

Posted Jan 16, 2016
Betsy
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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.

Posted Jan 11, 2016
Alicia
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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!

Posted Jan 7, 2016

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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

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