Nicole Schommer

Nicole S.

Miami, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
During my undergraduate degree, I majored in Spanish and spent a semester studying abroad in Ecuador. Since then, my graduate education has been in musicology with a focus on Latin American music and culture. As a result, I've been reading, writing, and speaking Spanish for over 10 years. Within the first few weeks of study, you'll be speaking simple sentences, and in time, you'll be conjugating like a pro. If you want to learn another language, I would love to help you out!

About Nicole S.

I am a professional musician who has been performing and studying for over 10 years. I received my BM in Vocal Performance and Spanish from St. Norbert College in 2014 and my MM in Musicology from Florida State University in 2016. I am currently working on my PhD in Musicology where I am focusing my research on Cuban music.

Though my graduate education was centered primarily on research, I continued studying voice and began focusing on world music styles. I learned Portuguese, in addition to Spanish, and picked up several other world music instruments as well. During this time, I also began to focus more on teaching and pedagogy. I discovered that I had a passion for teaching and mentoring aside from my own performing and music making.

Since I have a degree in voice performance, I primarily teach voice to all levels of students. However, I also studied classical piano and can teach beginner-intermediate piano as well. I teach these in my home studio and online. I also have a passion for education and music education in general and can teach/tutor/mentor in music theory, musicology, general education, and languages including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

My teaching philosophy is based on a student-centered approach. I tailor each lesson to the individual student, taking into account their needs, experience, skill levels, and personal goals. My aim is to help you improve and have a good and fun experience doing so!

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Terrance H.
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Nicole was professional, friendly and able to begin the lesson with much appreciated exercises. Not all work. Ended lesson singing. One song hers, one song mine. Good

Posted Jan 15, 2020
Sarah G.
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Nicole was a wonderful teacher for my daughter. She's excellent at assessing my daughter's abilities and adjusting each individual lesson accordingly. She goes out of her way to learn about my daughter's interests to make the lessons even more enjoyable. Highly recommend!

Posted Nov 19, 2019
Kate
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Nicole is amazing. She really helps people find their voice and provides a comfortable space in which to musically grow. She demonstrates her own expertise as a vocalist through her teaching and technical approach. She is also able to work within a variety of musical styles and languages and provides effective and constructive feedback in which to further develop.

Posted Nov 18, 2019
Jason

Nikki genuinely cares about her students and their success and will do everything she can to help them achieve her goals. She is patient and understanding, and strives to adapt her teaching methods to best fit the needs and learning styles of her students. I would reccomend her to anyone.

Posted Oct 15, 2019
Harrisen
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Nicole was my instructor in an American Roots Music class at Florida State University this past spring semester. While I'm not a student that is studying music performance or education in any form, I can confidently speak to the passion and dedication that she brings to the work that she does. She was always more than willing to work with me around my other obligations as an involved college student while still pushing me to pursue learning and engaging in ethnomusicology. Beyond her skill in her areas of focus, any student would be lucky to work with Nicole if only for how much she cares for the students she works with.

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Zachary

Nicole is a wonderful teacher who is passionate, patient, and encouraging to students. She is not only very knowledgeable about the voice and vocal technique, but also has a thorough understanding of music theory and experience performing various types of musical genres.

Posted Oct 3, 2019
Drew

Nicole is a knowledgeable, passionate, and caring teacher. As a colleague and fellow voice instructor, I am consistently impressed by her commitment to informed pedagogy and willingness to go out of her way to make sure her students have the best possible experience.

Posted Oct 2, 2019

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Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2014 - Aug 2019

Florida State University

Instructor of record for various sections of American Roots Music, Modern Popular Music, and Music in World Cultures

Tutorial Assistant
Aug 2014 - Dec 2017

Student Athletic Academic Services, Florida State University

Served as a tutorial assistant for numerous undergraduate courses within the fields of anthropology, humanities, literature, music, sports management, Spanish, English and writing.

Music Minister
Aug 2011 - Aug 2014

St. Norbert Abbey

Professional vocalist for the St. Norbert Abbey

Handbell Choir Director
Sep 2013 - May 2014

First United Presbyterian Parish

Education

PhD in Musicology
Aug 2016 - Present

Florida State University

Master of Music in Ethnomusicology
Aug 2014 - May 2016

Florida State University

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Spanish
Aug 2010 - May 2014

St. Norbert College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Portuguese

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

Society for Ethnomusicology
Aug 2015
SEM is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of approximately 1,750 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. We examine music as central to human experience throughout space and time, and explore its profound relationship to cognition, emotion, language, dance, visual arts, spiritual belief, social organization, collective identity, politics, conflict and peace, economics, the physical body, and mental health. Through SEM programs and the work of our individual members, we seek to advance academic and public understanding and appreciation of music as a cultural phenomenon of unlimited variety and as a resource that is fundamental to the well being of individuals and communities.
Phi Beta Delta
Apr 2014
Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. As of December of 2012, 192 chapters have been chartered.
Phi Sigma Iota
Apr 2014
Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 250 chapters of Phi Sigma Iota at institutions of higher learning in the US, Mexico and France.
Phi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2014
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.

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