Nicole Cognato

Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL

About Nicole C.

Background check: Last verified 06/07/2016
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Nicole teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday


Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole continued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State School Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€™s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Clearwater, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the drummer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays piano, and drums (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 61 key Casio Keyboard for household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Can also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.

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Music Instructor

Jan 2009 - Present

Providing music instruction for Piano, Drums, Guitar, and Vocal lessons for ages 5-99. All levels in-studio and traveling to students homes.

Music Instructor

Jan 2012 - Dec 2012
Tampa Veterans Recovery Center

Provided group music Instruction for piano, guitar, and percussion.

Owner/Music Instructor

Jan 2008 - Jan 2009
Nicolex Inc. Music Island

Music Island began as a retail Music Store in Holbrook, NY. Music Island was a comfortable and engaging music education facility. We provided music lessons for piano, drums, guitar, and vocal lessons as well as after school care and summer music programs.



Sep 2003 - Jan 2007
Dowling College


Sep 2000 - May 2003
SUNY Old Westbury

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Infant and Adult CPR Certified

Nov 2014
Largo Fire Rescue/LifeTech

Successfully completed the objectives and skills evaluations in accordance with the curriculum of the AHA Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Program.


Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Jan 2016

The non-profit Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA) believes appropriate, purposeful music and movement experiences enhance early childhood development and seeks to support early childhood music and movement practitioners by providing resources, advocacy, professional development, and collaboration opportunities.

American Federation of Teachers

Sep 2010

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

National Association for Music Education

Jan 2010

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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30 Reviews on Nicole C.

Angel W. Jul 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Angel enjoyed her first lesson. Is excited for more
gaberille Jun 16, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicole is absolutely amazing! My voice and my confidence has improved. Very knowledgeable and she will get you to your goal! I will continue to have her as my vocal instructor.
Janina Jun 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very professional, got right into it.
Monica Jenniges Mar 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Nicole all week! She loves her and has gained so much confidence with her singing!
Lori Ludick Feb 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far I have had a handful of lessons and I think Nicole is excellent. Before we started I told her that I have no vocal training or skills. After a handful of lessons I was signing without the lyrics to carry me.

She makes it fun and relaxing with good pointers for improvement.

I highly recommend her to anyone - especially a novice like myself.
MArtin Feb 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
very patient and knows a great deal about music in general. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to learn or expand their knowledge of music theory and playing abilities.
Jenna F. Jan 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor !!!! So patient!
Chad Sep 11, 2015
Nicole has had 4 lessons with my 7 yr old daughter. I am amazed how much my daughter has learned in these few lessons. Nicole makes the lessons fun for her. My daughter waits by the door on her lesson days. I am even picking up a few things by listening in on lesson. Great teacher with a fun personality.
Conchita K. Aug 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She is very down to earth, you don't get pressure into the lessons. Great method of teaching. Recommend!
Conchita K. Jul 22, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicole is very down to earth friendly and not intimidating teacher. Her method of teaching is basic and easy to understand. I am looking forward to the next lesson.