Dr. Nick Stow

Dr. Nick S.

Albemarle, NC
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn your way with an instructor who puts student needs first. I have a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and 6 years of teaching experience working with beginners in 5th/6th grade through college music majors. As a performer, I play classical recitals, big band swing dance gigs, festivals, and more. As a teacher, I focus on what the student wants to learn - anything from basic foundation skills; scales and technique; theory; improvisation; and relevant repertoire. I place an emphasis on relaxation and removal of tension from the body which will dramatically improve the student's playing abilities.

About Dr. Nick S.

Hello! If you would like to learn music, challenge your abilities, and express yourself by connecting with your inner artist, I can be your guide. If you want to get over the anxiety of playing music in front of others, I can help you transform that tension into confidence.
Dr. Nick S. is a native of Landrum, SC and has earned music degrees from Clemson University, Appalachian State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nick is a student of Dr. John Bleuel, Dr. Stephen Fischer, Dr. Scott Kallestad, and Dr. Paul Haar. Nick promotes the pedagogy of Joe Allard which focuses on embellishing one’s unique sound through a reduction of tension. Nick began his career at East Tennessee State University in 2015 where he taught applied saxophone and directed the saxophone chamber ensemble. Nick also served as professor of saxophone on the faculty of Creighton University in 2017. As a woodwind specialist, Nick has performed with the Newton-Conover Community Band, Johnny Manhattan Orchestra, Lonny Lynn Orchestra, and has appeared in the pit orchestra for Guys & Dolls, Far From Heaven, Bonnie & Clyde, and Lewis & Clark Part One: Manifest Destiny musical productions. Nick collaborates with pianist Zoey Brouthers in the chamber ensemble The Uwharrie Duo which formed in 2020 to offer a blend of traditional and contemporary chamber music performances and educational artistic-development workshops to residents of Stanly County and surrounding communities through recitals, lectures, and masterclasses. Currently on the faculty of Pfeiffer University, Nick teaches applied saxophone and other music courses, and actively works with the Stanly County Concert Band, the Rowan Big Band All Stars, and conducts chamber ensembles in the Stanly County community as both performer and clinician.
Nick also has experience working with young students ages 12-14, teaching them the basics of beginning saxophone and reading music.

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Chris
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Nick is very knowledgeable and proficient on saxophone, and a dedicated and patient teacher. No matter your level, there’s always more to learn, and I highly recommend Nick for your private instruction.

Posted Feb 23, 2020
Eric
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Nick Stow! I learned a great deal from his private lessons. He understands how to gradually work into good and exceptional habits for practicing as well as performing. I only wish to have had more of an opportunity to perform with and learn from these lessons. As I said, it takes time and patience to come to the skill level Nick is at, but he'll work with you to grow a level you can start to excel at.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Sid
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I have been playing the saxophone for over 50 years without a long term period between active playing. Nick has been very effective in my playing ability and I have learned a great deal from him.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Spencer
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Very helpful, and always was able to teach me aspects of music I hadn't considered before. Very knowledgeable and professional!

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Andrea
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Nick is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable, and takes pride in what he does. I learned a lot from him, and I can't wait for my son to begin lessons with Nick.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Seth
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Dr. Stow was knowledgable in all aspects of the saxophone. As an undergrad there were struggles that all students go through, but Dr. Stow had exemplary answers whenever I needed them. He was an extremely relatable professor and always had several solutions to any playing inquiries I had. I would reccommend him as a private instructor.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Carly
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Wonderful lessons experience overall! Teaching style helped me improve my skills without losing the desire to play, and during lessons, there was a good balance between teaching me and then letting me apply those skills. Gave me the opportunity to play what I wanted to play but also exposed me to different styles of music and different music experiences. Helped me get out of my comfort zone while still letting me enjoy what I was doing.

Posted Feb 11, 2020

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Experience

Musician/Proprieter
Jan 2020 - Present

Uwharrie Duo

The Uwharrie Duo formed in 2020 to offer a blend of traditional and contemporary chamber music performances and educational artistic-development workshops to residents of Stanly County and surrounding communities through recitals, lectures, and masterclasses. Its members include saxophonist Nick and pianist Zoey Brouthers. Nick and Zoey both currently serve on the faculty of Pfeiffer University located in Misenheimer, North Carolina.

Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
Aug 2019 - Present

Pfeiffer University

Teaching applied saxophone to undergraduate music majors, music minors, and non-majors. Topics range from foundational skills, scales and technique, etudes and duets, selected classical repertoire, jazz improvisation, and pedagogy.

Musician
Mar 2019 - Present

Rowan Big Band All Stars

Playing saxophone in a big band ensemble. Description courtesy of the Rowan Big Band website: "The Rowan Big Band All Stars is an 18-piece community big band in the tradition of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other early twentieth-century great bandleaders, home-based in Landis, North Carolina and specializing in Great American Songbook favorites and big band swing."

Musician/Chamber Ensemble Director
Feb 2019 - Present

Stanly County Concert Band

Playing saxophone in a concert band ensemble of local musicians volunteering their time and talent. Also contributes as the Director of Chamber Ensembles for the organization. Description courtesy of the SCCB website: "The mission of the Stanly County Concert Band is to provide lifelong participation in music and to enhance the cultural life of Stanly County and the region through free or low cost performances."

Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
Aug 2017 - Dec 2018

Creighton University

Teaching applied saxophone to music majors, music minors, and non-majors. Topics range from foundational skills, scales and technique, etudes and duets, selected classical repertoire, jazz improvisation, and pedagogy.

Musician
Aug 2017 - May 2018

Johnny Manhattan Orchestra

Playing saxophone in a dance band ensemble. Description courtesy of the Johnny Manhattan Facebook page: "The Johnny Manhattan Orchestra is the premier BIG BAND orchestra in Lincoln, Nebraska. We are a 19 piece professional band with unmatched vocalists performing the BEST of the swing era tunes you know and love!"

Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
Aug 2015 - May 2016

East Tennessee State University

Teaching applied saxophone to music majors, music minors, and non-majors. Topics range from foundational skills, scales and technique, etudes and duets, selected classical repertoire, jazz improvisation, and pedagogy. Also coordinated the saxophone quartet chamber ensemble and taught the saxophone portion of the woodwind methods course for music education majors.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts
Aug 2016 - Dec 2019

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Master of Music
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015

Appalachian State University

Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2008 - Aug 2013

Clemson University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

College Music Society, The
Aug 2016
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Aug 2016
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.
Pi Kappa Lambda
Dec 2015
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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