UC Santa Barbara Grad.
I am a singer that took on the ukulele 8 years ago. Over the past 3 years I have played throughout Santa Barbara performing local gigs & busking on State Street.
I like to challenge the preconception that the ukulele is a "toy" and expose people to what can be achieved on a small, 4-stringed instrument. I am constantly thinking of new ways to add life to the instrument and show how capable the ukulele truly is.
My goal is to make all of my students reach the point where they are comfortable with their own voice. My teaching draws from my experience in formal concert/chamber choirs, musical theatre, collegiate a cappella, and solo performances.
In addition to teaching, I create videos as an outlet for performing and sharing my true enjoyment for music.
Speaks English, Spanish
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching since 2018
Nico was recommended to me two months ago and I am very glad I reached out. I already feel more confident knowing what to listen out for when singing. He also taught me a couple songs on ukulele so I can accompany myself. Cool teacher & fun jam sessions!Show More
I thought Nico was very nice and professional. He worked well with Gaby.
Very fun lessons. Started singing two months ago and I feel like I already know all the fundamentals. Really nice guy and I appreciate that he brings over the ukulele. Super talented teacher & performer.
We have had Nico as our instructor for almost a year. He's an amazing musician that can actually teach. He brings sheet music & his own tabs to each lesson. Overall a fun, knowledgeable teacher who knows how to work with kids.
If your looking for a ukulele teacher I highly recommend Nico! He’s been coming to our home once a week for 4 months now to teach my 9year ukulele. Since then she has learned to play various songs. When not taking a lesson, she knows what to work on till next lesson. Nico is friendly, patient, and a very talented musician.Show More
Nico is truly terrific! I highly recommend him. Nico has been my singing coach for the past couple months and I look forward to many more months with him. He is full of encouraging positive energy. He creates a comfortable learning environment. Nico provides friendly constructive feedback. He’s fun and relaxed, yet structured and on time. He plans his sessions in advance and is prepared for each lesson. He’s open to input from the student to ensure he’s delivering what the student wants. Nico sends a follow-up email after each lesson, which includes helpful tips. Nico himself is very talented at singing and he knows how to teach! Nico is dependable — he’s never missed a scheduled session with me. And he is flexible if there is a need for me to reschedule. I feel like he truly cares about his student and he has a passion for sharing his deep joy and life-long experience and knowledge with music. I feel fortunate to have found Nico and to have him as my teacher and I think you would be glad to have him be your teacher too.Show More
Awesome teacher! Gave great criticism and support for a beginner like me.
Polite, punctual and helpful. My daughter is loving her lessons. Thanks Nico!
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
"Showing the world there are more songs to play on the uke besides Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I'm Yours, & Riptide."
I have played ukulele for 9 years and spent 3 years in college singing & playing on State Street in Santa Barbara. My teaching style focuses on using tab notation. I think it allows players to be more creative in altering chords & progressions, instead of defaulting to basic ones like "G, D, Am, C."
I still start with basics (depending on experience level) but eventually I move on to unique chords, strumming/percussive patterns, & embellishments that turn the ukulele from a "toy" into a powerful instrument.
Fluent / Native Proficiency
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