Nick Rattray

Nick R.

Oakland, CA

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Nick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2005

I've been teaching voice, piano and guitar lessons for over ten years, and I love it! It's an enormous joy and privilege to be asked to help others in their musical journeys. I take my work seriously, but it's a pretty great job.

I am easy going and friendly, and when people come to me I try to understand exactly what their goals are. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most do best with a mix of the two. I welcome students of all ages and levels.

I have a bachelor's degree in music from UC Santa Cruz, I've released two full albums of original music, and am currently working on my third. I've performed professionally in NY, LA, and all over the Bay Area. My students have performed at clubs and concert venues, studied at schools such as the Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Arts, Oakland School of the Arts, and UC Santa Cruz. And some have made beautiful, original recordings of their own. I enjoy working with children and adults alike.

​My Priorities as a Music Teacher:

To facilitate an experience of music that is gratifying, challenging, or some combination of the two (depending on the student).

To discover what styles of music most interest a student, and to help them to cultivate the tools necessary to sing/play in that style.

To work with the student to figure out a practice routine that makes the most sense for their lifestyle and their musical development.

To encourage students, when they're ready, to bring their skills out into the world (through performing groups, choirs, open mics, recordings, videos, etc.)

To continue to learn about the student every lesson, in order that my instruction may be most effective to his/her progress!

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Independent Voice, Piano, and Guitar Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present
Nick Rattray

I teach all levels of singing, beginning to intermediate guitar and piano, songwriting, and recording

Voice & Piano Teacher, Choir Director
Sep 2010 - Jun 2015
Music Land

Manage private studio and group classes
Director of children's choir

Voice Teacher
Sep 2008 - Sep 2009
Mind Builders

Non-profit music education in the Bronx, NYC

Voice Teacher
Jun 2005 - Aug 2009
Young Singers Club

Kids and young adults ages 5-18


Bachelor of Music
Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
UC Santa Cruz


Limited Proficiency

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9 Reviews

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Nathaniel E. Oct 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Nick is awesome! He has been working with our two young sons, ages 9 & 7, for close to a year now and they have made tremendous progress. He is especially skilled in meeting them where they are at, whether they are tired or unfocused, or have too much energy, he is always willing to listen to them and find an access point into their world of child-like creativity. He also asks them what songs they are into and even has transcribed the songs for them so they can learn their favorites. A real good mix of formal training and teaching to the individual child. Nick is, above all, patient and kind. The two best qualities any teacher can possess. I can not recommend him enough to parents of children, or anyone for that matter. I might even sign myself up in the near future!

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Eric Mar 23, 2017
Singing · In studio

Very comfortable and nice. Will update after a few more classes!

Resnum G. Nov 30, 2016
Piano · In home

My kids really look forward forward to Nick's class. Nick seems to be so at ease and natural at helping kids with music.

Mara C. Aug 18, 2016
Piano · In home

Very nice start for a "get to know each other lesson. Nick was very positive and encouraging with my daughter, 14 years old. 30 minutes was short, so we may increase to 45 down the road.

Eleanor W. Apr 13, 2015
Piano · In home

Nick is teaching beginner piano to my 3 children in the comfort of their
home. They absolutely enjoy it. He is patient & gives great direction. His
calm & encouraging demeanor allows them to focus on the music. Each of them
have made wonderful progress & look forward to their lessons each week.
Thank you Nick for your continued instruction! I highly recommend him.

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Kara N. Apr 9, 2015
Piano · In home

Nick has been teaching my daughter (age 10) piano for the past 7 months and I could not be more pleased! I'll start by saying that my daughter had never before taken lessons and, to be certain, was a reluctant student at the onset. That said, she is progressing at an incredible pace under Nick's weekly instruction, and is genuinely loving the experience. In fact, I no longer have to remind her to practice each day, as she sits to play piano whenever she has free time!

Nick comes to our home every week, is punctual, flexible in scheduling, and always brings a warm smile, lots of encouragement, and a captivating variety of songs for my daughter to learn. He is truly wonderful with children (that magical balance of supportive and challenging), and is able to adeptly incorporate my daughter's individual learning style into his lessons.

I highly recommend Nick as an instructor and feel so grateful to have him supporting my daughter's musical education.

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Kara N. Oct 29, 2014
Piano · In home

Nick is amazing with my 9 year old daughter. He is the perfect mix of directive, playful, and motivating. My daughter is a beginning student and looks forward to his visits each week. I highly recommend Nick for kids!

MichaelP1 Nov 2, 2010

How Lessons Going!

Again I must say that Nick R. is the best teacher I have had in the past thirty years of taking lessons from different teacher.He is the best!!!

RebeccaO Jul 16, 2010


Greetings,Our experince with Mr. Nick was awesome. We had been trying to get our Student to sing for a few years, has he had done in his younger years. After just two lessons he stood in front of us did the breathing techinque he learned and began to belt out some notes. We were so amazed that it brought tears to my eyes. Great Job! Mr. Nick.

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