- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Having had the training to sing Opera and performing in them, I understand how that is supposed to work and the amount of breath control that you need to do it well. If you are a beginner we will start off small and work our way up and if you and more of an intermediate singer, we will see how much farther we can get you to go.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- May 2009
As a voice teacher and voice coach, I strive to help the student get to where they want to be vocally. For me, singing is something that brings me joy and I hope to be able to share that with you.
It took me a while to realize how much music and singing means to me. While studying something entirely different at the University of Maryland, I began studying voice and realized that it was something that I had a gift for. I fell in love with singing art songs, jazz, and opera arias. And while studying at the University of Maryland, I had the opportunity to work as a voice teacher/ section leader with the women's section of a choir, numerous opportunities to work as a soloist and in a few jazz clubs. I was also involved in dance performances and acted as a dance tutor.
Later, when I was invited to sing in Denver I had the opportunity to sing in Little Shop of Horrors and to sing with a women's choir. While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder I began to come into my own and started to let my large sound free. (Which for me was a process. Getting your voice where you want it and to where it is capable is work. But, it is fun work and you're always happy when you have these great moments where you get to where you were hoping you could and that your teacher said you would go at some point.) It was there, at CU Boulder that I got the opportunity to start singing in operas. While in Boulder I sang in The Magic Flute, Sarah McKinnon and as a soloist or recitalist.
Also, while there I worked as an actress in a theater company called the Interactive Theater Project for three years. I thought that by getting involved in that that I would be able to act more effectively while singing. It was fun just doing something where you're just working with the spoken word. I had a wonderful time with them and learned a lot about character work and what it takes to connect to the words in an effective way.
In the past few years, I have been a soloist and recitalist in the Washington, DC area and have sung opera in Pennsylvania with Center Stage Opera. Last year, I sang with Center Stage Opera in the role of Bertha. I had the opportunity to sing and to act at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. Also during that time, I
sang in Aleko, the Die Zauberflöte as the Queen of the Night, Serena in Porgy and Bess, and
sang in Ragtime and sang the role of the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast.
I am currently working as a soloist, a children's choir director, a chorus member, the director of a recital series, a cantor, and I'm writing monologues and small plays to be performed. I was working as a co-executive producer/casting director for a show that is on Amazon Prime as well. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.
*** Lesson Details ***
If you're a beginner, I will help you to understand what you need to get through the vocal line with breath and intonation. We will begin by doing vocal exercises and learn a lot about breathing for singing. I want to help you to make more beautiful tones. I will also slowly begin teaching you how to read sheet music and to help you be a more effective listener when it comes to music. I can also help you to become a better communicator as a singer.
For acting, I will help you to learn how to develop characters and bring the writer's words to life. We will begin by seeing what sort of subjects or genres interest you and what you are doing with those words now, and how you can delve deeper into making the world of the characters something more flushed out.
For beginning piano: I will teach you to learn how the piano is set up, teaching you to read sheet music, beginning theory and to play songs. Something beyond nursery rhymes.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Inside my home studio, I have music, a music stand, chairs, WiFi, a computer, a laptop, a keyboard, a microphone, a metronome, a microphone, an amp/large speaker, and a sofa.
*** Specialties ***
For voice, I would say that my focus is on classical voice. I also sing jazz, gospel and musical theater. For acting, I have done both improvisational and regular scripted plays.
I have taught students with special needs, and as someone with a twin sister with special needs, I am open to teaching students with special needs.
I am responsible for creating special music for special holiday programs during church services.
I get students started with the piano and theory.
To choose songs for the children's choir to sing in the church, help them to prepare by conducting the rehearsals (and private sessions as needed), become better singers learning to sing as a group and then to direct them on performance days.
Helping to students to gain confidence on stage, to learn to speak well and how to carry your voice on stage, and to develop a character.
Helping students to improve their singing voices, to understand breathing for singing, how to develop characters for vocal performance, how to sight-sing and to work on their understanding of music theory.
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Nicole is fabulous! We have twins with different strengths. Nicole was able to tap into each girl's potential and tailor their initial lesson so that they both experienced success. You know it's good when they are already talking about next week!
Nicole has a tremendous amount of patience for little ones and knows just what to do to grab their attention. We truly enjoy each lesson!
An excellent teacher.
Very first time my 6 year old son. He became very comfortable by the end of class. Good instructor.
Ms. Collins technique was exceptional my first lesson was great and left me wanting more. She gave me a lot of homework there and sent me homework on line of which I am doing at this time. I am looking forward to our next session. she listen
Amazing instructor. Will be returning 🙏🏾
She was very informative and very sweet with her honesty. Due to the background she has, her words are extremely dependable.
Nicole was very personable & knowledgable. She took the time to explain (to me) what she was looking to accomplish with my son and how she made her assessments from his first lesson. I believe this experience will greatly improve his singing abilities.
Extremely personable, calm and right intended. She listened closely and provided useful instructive feedback for improvement and introduced new areas to explore. Eagerly looking forward to my next class.
I only took 2 days class. For that reason i give a 3 star. She is a great teacher.
Ms. Nicole is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. We're enjoying the lessons and my grandson is catching on quickly. Excellent Experience! 😊
Good listener and knowledgable. Thank you.
My 3 granddaughters ages 5,6,8 had a group lesson with Ms. Nicole. They thoroughly enjoyed the session, have practiced since coming home, and look forward to their next 4 lessons with her,
This was our 1st lesson. Nicole was very hands on, very attentive and adapted well to our 4 year old who was on the piano for the first time! We are looking forward to returning next week.
Had a nice time at class today
Noah enjoyed his class and looks forward to the next class.
Very knowledgeable, and thorough!! Nicole is also very good with making you get comfortable to not be as nervous!! I feel that I've come a long way just from 1 lesson so far!! I'm very pleased and impressed!! She is awesome!!! With her style, talent and expertise, I believe she can teach just about ANYONE!!Show More
Very attentive! Many of her personal experiences made us feel so at ease
Simply can’t wait for my next session
Nicole seems like a really swell lady thus far! I'm excited about the next lesson!! Time to get down to business!!
I had a great time at the singing lessons all you have to do is practice and practice and you will become better and it won't just happen over night
She was excellent-goal-driven and realistic, and very sweet:)
Nicole is thorough with her instruction, friendly, and goal oriented. She is interested in truly developing her students.
Nicole was very patient and understanding with my beginners voice. She was never critical, and she made me feel good about working with her to improve myself.
We were very impressed with Nicole's knowledge and experiences. We liked how she took notes, and was able to assess my daughters strengths and weaknesses. She supplied us with printouts and an email with various exercises and songs to practice.
We would recommend Nicole C. to anyone and everyone.
We had a great first lesson! I really think working with Nicole will build Olivia's confidence.
She was very pleasant. She made me feel comfortable and she was ready to work! She gave me homework on the first visit. :o) I am incredibly excited to work with Nicole and am looking forward to my next lesson. Thanks Nicole!!!!
Awesome first lesson.. Very knowledgeable instructor.. Can't wait till my next lesson
She is not only patient and personable, Nicole is knowledgeable on working with shy children. Thank you so much. My daughter is already excited about her next lesson
We are truly pleased with the singing lessons with Nicole. My daughter simply enjoys her sessions. I plan on purchasing more lessons.
I really enjoy performing with and learning from Nicole and I love the work that she has done with her students in their recitals.