Nicole Collins

Nicole C.

Minneapolis, MN
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Lesson Details

Singing

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.
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About

Nicole delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

Nicole C. is available for in-home, in-studio, and 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 developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, confidence, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her positive and approachable personality sets the tone for a good singing experience.

Beginning lessons are used to discuss goals of the student and to establish the students skills level, beginning with vocalizes. Reading music isn't mandatory. She continues on to explore some classical technique rooted as a foundation for good breath support and quality of tone. After, 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 groups locally, while teaching at local performing arts schools in the Twin Cities.

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Experience

Children's Choir Director
Sep 2016 - Present
Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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 - Present
Miineapple Performing Arts

Head vocal instructor for performing arts school.

Singer for Medusa, MN Fringe
Aug 2017 - Aug 2017
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.

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

Photos & Videos

This year's Vox Medusa performance of Medusa at the MN Fringe.
An ensemble I sing with specializing in multicultural genres.
An ensemble I work with specializing in world music that performs every year at the fringe festival.
Singers of Vox Medusa's latest production of Rune.

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Photo by Nicole C.

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The Ages; an ensemble specializing in world music sung acapella.
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6 Reviews

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Teagan G. Dec 9, 2016
Singing · In home

Nicole is great!

Sonja Nov 1, 2016
Singing · In studio

Nicole is musically knowledgeable, enthusiastic, open and joyful. She is most pleasant and competent.

Jeanne Oct 2, 2016
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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.

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Alyssa Sep 28, 2016
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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!

Sonja Sep 28, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

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

Shannon Sep 28, 2016
Classical Voice · In home

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!

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