Nicole Omat

Nicole O.

Winter Park, FL

About Nicole O.

Nicole teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2008
Last sign in: Last week


"To play wrong notes is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven

I was five years old when I discovered my singing voice. My youthful curiosity soon blossomed into a passion for musical expression through voice, violin, piano, and guitar. My mission is to share the musical exploration that has enriched my life by fostering my students' desires to express themselves through music.

As a teacher, I focus equally on formal technique and artistic expression. Mastering correct form provides the foundation upon which a student’s capacity for the latter may grow. Techniques used during lessons are designed to develop a holistic understanding of music through aural, visual, and tactile cues. These include ear training, sight-reading, improvisation and using visualization to navigate the instrument. Progress is evaluated by developing a set of goals specific to each student. I find that allowing students input in originating goals facilitates a cooperative learning environment and allows me to tailor lessons to a student's interests, strengths and learning preferences. Providing students with a plan to succeed inspires a drive to learn and sense of achievement. I encourage students to play their instruments daily. Through consistent practice, students will benefit from increased discipline, patience, creativity and self-esteem. Students are rewarded with the chance to share what they've learned at recitals held biannually. For the duration of our lesson, my students are in a private, nurturing zone of free expression. Join me in an exploration of personal talent and creativity!

Nicole has performed with the Rollins College Bach Festival Society Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She has also performed with the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic under the direction of Dr. Candler Schaffer. She is experienced as a session musician, recording vocals and violin at Wright Entertainment Group Studios (Justin Timberlake) with producer Will Baker (India Arie, Pink). She has performed as a soloist at the White House, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Amway Arena, and Hard Rock Live.

Nicole Omat holds Bachelor of Arts degrees (with honors) in Music and Anthropology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College. A member of the Honors Program (top 2%), and one of nine Cornell Scholars in her graduating class, she is very grateful to have been awarded a full academic scholarship. Nicole pursued concentrations in Violin and Vocal Performance, as well as Ethnomusicology. Nicole served as co-concertmaster of the Rollins College Orchestra and String Ensemble for three, consecutive years, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She was featured at Christmas Vesper services in a solo performance of Winter (The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi, at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Nicole has studied violin with Joni Roos and Alvaro Gomez, protege of David Oistrakh. She has performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Gospel and Concert Choirs and studied vocal pedagogy and performance with Dr. Edmund Leroy and Dr. Lori Lovell. At Rollins, Nicole studied piano with Dr. Gloria Cook and enjoys playing classical, jazz, and Latin styles. Nicole has studied classical guitar for seven years and especially enjoys playing Latin American folk music and flamenco. Nicole pursued her love of world music in publishing her senior honors thesis, “Cultural Fusion of Music Constructs: A Look at Hybrid World Styles,” analyzing the effects of globalization on traditional, ethnic musics. She has published research in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal, where she also served as Music and Anthropology Editor for three years.

Photos and Videos

Performing "Nature Boy" at a recital held for my students


Voice, Violin, Piano and Guitar Instructor

Jul 2009 - Present
Concordia Arts

Nicole instructs over 30 students at her studio. She delights in sharing her love of music!

Piano and Guitar Instructor

Aug 2011 - May 2013
Music After School

Nicole has experience instructing elementary and middle school students in piano and guitar ensemble classes at Lakemont Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary and Orlando Science Middle School.

Piano and Violin Instructor

Aug 2009 - May 2010
The Christ School

Nicole provided private music lessons to elementary and middle school students after school.

Music Instructor

Jun 2009 - Jul 2009
Rollins College Summer Day Camp

Nicole instructed elementary school children (ages 5-11) in fundamentals of music, relating to melody, harmony, rhythm, etc. She organized activities and developed curriculum, including musical petting zoo, make your own instrument, sounds of nature jam band and musical mindfulness.


Bachelor of Arts in Music with Honors

Aug 2005 - May 2009
Rollins College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Grand Prize Scholarship Winner

Jul 2003
Hard Rock Academy


American Federation of Musicians

May 2012

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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49 Reviews on Nicole O.

Joshua Jun 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
awesome - challenging yet perfect for my sons ability level - he learned so much and had fun. Nicole was encouraging and still appropriately corrected. Great techniques. Picking a song of his interest was great. Nicole knows what she is doing. Sings and plays the piano really well too! I was impressed.
Colleen Loomis Mar 22, 2016
Jazz Voice · In home
Verified Student
Nicole O. is a great teacher! I am a mature woman and would recommend her to anyone. I have learned a lot and enjoyed every note of it. She fosters love of music as well has a talent for making it blossom in others. She's one of the best instructors I've met.
Anouska J. Feb 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is absolutely fantastic and we have enjoyed her lessons thoroughly.
Monty M. Feb 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is a wonderful teacher and talented musician. She's very patient with our 9 year old daughter and encourages her every step of the way.
Camila P. Nov 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
It is not easy to find such a talented and accomplish performer that also has an incredible talent, patience and desire for teaching especially young kids. We are very glad we found Nicole and very excited having our granddaughter is learning from one of the best.
Marisa B. Nov 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We have had a wonderful experience with Nicole as my daughters guitar and voice teacher. She is very enthusiastic about her work and Ava has learned a lot from her. She brings her passion for music through to her students. Ava looks forward to her lesson every week. :)
Nikki B. Oct 5, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My 6 year old has been taking lessons with Nicole for 5 weeks and she looks forward to it every week! Nicole is so positive, patient, and encouraging - exactly what I was looking for in a first teacher. We leave every lesson having learned something new and my daughter is so proud to show it off and practice when we get home. I highly recommend her!
Yasmin P. Sep 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
It's been an honor working with Nicole. My daughter absolutely loves her. Nicole is soft spoken and great to get along with. My daughter is always excited for the lessons. Recommend!
Dawn P. Aug 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 6 year old daughter took piano lessons for the first time for about a year with Ms. Nicole. She is positive, energetic and did a great job! My daughter could be rather demanding and she handled it well and shifted gears to make it a positive experience. We are sad to leave these lessons and hope to come back to Ms. Nicole in the future. We are cancelling for personal reasons not related to Ms. Nicole and her teaching. I highly recommend her!
Michael M. Aug 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was fantastic! Recommend!
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