Nicole Collins

Nicole C.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Voice lessons are an opportunity to hone the most unique instrument in the world, our voice. Not only will we study proper vocal techniques with classical training to strengthen our voices, learn or grow our reading abilities, develop ear training, and study diverse genres, we will develop confidence through self discovery and our voices.

About Nicole C.

Nicole C.Is available for online lessons. Nicole has been singing for over 25 years and teaching music since 2012. Her latest project, Vox Medusa, has performed the last 4 years at the MN Fringe Festival, winning them Audience Choice. Nicole teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Nicole is the Music Director at MN Valley UU Fellowship.

Nicole developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, confidence, ear-training, memorization and techniques by creating a safe space for expression. Her positive and approachable personality sets the tone for a good singing experience.

In Beginning lessons, we discuss goals of the student to establish the skill level, beginning with vocalizes. Reading music isn't mandatory. Nicole sometimes incorporates classical technique as she believes it is rooted as a foundation for good breath support and quality of tone. After initial lessons, student's continue to explore other styles including jazz, musical theater, world, improvisation, rock, and contemporary, depending on the student's goals.

Nicole attended McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN. She also continues to perform nationally and Internationally with various local, while teaching at performing arts schools in the Twin Cities.

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Kaizen
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“If you’re wondering if this person is an excellent music coach, she is. If you are wondering if she can help you improve your singing skills, she can. If you are wondering if she is gentle, intuitive, patient, funny, engaging and honest, she is. If you are wondering if she loves her work, I believe she does. I cannot say enough glowing and positive things about Nicole. I feel very lucky to have met her in my lifetime and lucky to have had her as a teacher and friend.
I met Nicole through my church. I remember watching her work with the children’s choir after a service one Sunday. She was amazing to watch. She was teaching them a song from the movie Moana. The song was in a different language and very difficult to learn in my opinion. It was “Foa’i-We Know The Way”. This is when I first saw Nicole’s gift. She was engaging, funny, clear, and happy, and I could just feel the love that the children had for her and that she had for them. She brought her whole wonderful self to that moment in time with them and she was amazing. They eventually performed that song for the church during a service and it was beautiful.
I have, since that time, joined the church choir where Nicole is now the music director and I have taken private voice lessons from her. She is the biggest reason that I have begun experiencing music again in a deep and meaningful way. I hadn’t sung for anyone in more than 30 years. That moment of seeing Nicole in her element, with the kids and with the music, gave me the courage to try something that I used to love to do, sing. I am grateful to her for all her talent and patience, and compassion, and caring and sensitivity as well as her kind honesty and her magical way of bringing her unique self to what she loves. She gives so much in her lessons and directing and it is clear that she loves doing what she does. She is gifted with an ability to gently bring out the hidden tender insides of people with humor and fun and love and music.
So, if you are wondering if she is worth the price of a lesson, I’d have to say, no. She is worth much more than that, but a lesson is a good place to start.”
Kaizen Joseph Hummer
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Posted Jul 7, 2020
Allison
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“My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Nicole for years now. Our experience has been only positive one in so many ways. From a professional standpoint, Nicole is friendly and energetic towards her students, responsive and organized with parents in addition to being flexible with schedules and the needs to each family. Nicole’s experience and expertise in vocal training is also apparent through the notable progress we have seen over the course of our daughter’s lessons. It is important to note that not only has our daughter’s signing quality improved, but her confidence as a whole has also been elevated. Thank you Nicole for all of you bring to your lessons! There is so much more happening than just signing J - Thank you Allison W. (Parent)”

Posted Jul 7, 2020
Emily D.
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The reviews for Nicole do not do her justice. She is extremely talented and has a charming personality. Her teaching methods adjust to the singer's level. She brings out the most out of my daughters shy personality. I am very glad we chose her for singing lesson.

Posted Jun 24, 2018
Teagan G.
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Nicole is great!

Posted Dec 9, 2016
Sonja
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Nicole is musically knowledgeable, enthusiastic, open and joyful. She is most pleasant and competent.

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Jeanne

Nicole is extremely gifted in music all aspects of music, reading, writing, recording and teaching.
She has been involved in music all her life. She started at St. Edwards Catholic church singing in the choir at the age of 9. After that she joined Angelica Youth Choir, at this time started piano and voice lessons. She received several awards in voice. She added guitar to her lessons as well. In her senior year at Thomas Jefferson High school she was selected after her audition to the Show Choir “Connection”. Her participation leads “Connection” to win in their competitions. She stared in Thomas Jefferson’s Musical “Anything Goes”. After High School Nicole went to a music school “Music Tech” in Minneapolis. She developed many long lasting relations which continue to this day. Her performances moved to different types of Bands original and cover bands. She has recorded CD’s with their Bands Mad Love and Wookie foot. She composed two cover songs for Mad Love. Nicole went back to Angelica participating in the Alumni Choir.
Music is a part of Nicole it is her expression, compassion it encompasses her spiritual understanding, creates her courage and develops her knowledge. It is her language it is her compass as it guilds her through her life. She embraces all of it and shares all that it is to her. It is an honor to her to teach what she has learned and been given. She does not see Music as a single expression by as one that needs to be of many.

Posted Oct 2, 2016
Alyssa

I have worked with Nicole for many years, and she is a very talented and inspirational vocalist! She also has a lot of knowledge about music theory and vocal techniques. I highly recommend voice lessons from Nicole!

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Sonja
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Nicole has a glowing personality, positive attitude and warm, welcoming smile that encourages everyone to want to learn and to do their best.

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Shannon
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Nicole is so fantastic with my daughter and her voice is amazing! My daughter looks forward to every lesson since Nicole is so positive and enthusiastic. She has taught my daughter so much, we are lucky to have her as a teacher!

Posted Sep 28, 2016

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Experience

Music Director
Mar 2019 - Present

Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

Runs the music program at MN Valley UU Fellowship.

Vocal Director
Sep 2017 - Present

Minneapolis Public School Community Education

The vocal director for 3 public schools community education program, for full musicals, mulitcultural singing classes, and creative cabaret's.

Singer for Medusa, MN Fringe
Aug 2017 - Present

Vox Medusa

In August, 2017, the multi-media performing arts group Vox Medusa, performed an original adaptation of Medusa. It was a success and is in the works to be remounted. I played the part of Goddess Athena.

Children's Choir Director
Sep 2016 - Present

Private Church

Organizing and directing the children's choir, while communicating all needs to families and members. Rehearsing and performing with children from September through June.

Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

Minneapple Performing Arts

Head vocal instructor for performing arts school.

Education

Associates of Arts
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016

Inver Hills Community College

Vocal performance
Sep 2000 - Jun 2002

McNally Smith College of Music

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

MN Fringe Audience Choice
Aug 2015

MN Finge Festival

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