Nicolle Atkinson

Nicolle A.

Sandy, UT

Lesson Details



Nicolle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2014

At the age of 3, I began playing the violin and was taught through the Suzuki Method. Before ever learning to read a note, I learned to play by ear- learning to listen and imitate, much as a child learns to imitate sounds and speak before learning the letters of the alphabet. This ear training, in combination with note reading and other techniques, created the groundwork for the rest of my life as a musician!

The moment that would change my life as a musician came at age 12 while performing with Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. We had the opportunity to perform with violinist Vanessa Mae. I had never seen someone that could inspire so much electric energy and, at the same time, put such tender, heartfelt emotion into every note. A new fire and zeal for music was born in me that I can never forget!

That passion for music has driven me to reach for every performance and training opportunity possible and to help others do the same. In completing my bachelor's degree in Viola Performance at the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University, I brushed shoulders with mentors who not only shaped me as a performing musician but also as a teacher. Participating in the Suzuki Pedagogy program provided the ultimate hands-on opportunity to teach, alongside other professionals, and mold beginning violinists in their first steps.

I have been teaching privately for the past 10 years, helping beginning through advanced students ranging in age from 4 to 52. It's been unbelievably rewarding watching each student's life change with music. My young beginners love the creative outlet that playing the violin and viola provides. The discipline they develop in learning to play crosses musical boundaries and can be seen in their schoolwork and other daily routines. My adult students love the opportunity to begin the musical journey they had only dreamed of in the past; or, the chance to "dust off" their instruments that they put by the wayside as a child. Equally rewarding is teaching those students with fundamentals already in place to stretch and turn their technique into expressive, musical lines!

I love the opportunity to get to know the unique personalities and styles of EACH of my students and to help them put this qualities into their playing! Let me help you discover the musician waiting to come out in you!...

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour lessons. (For students younger than 8 years of age, 30 minute or 45 minute lessons are recommended.) Each of my lessons is taught one-on-one in my in-home studio.

I teach a combination of the Suzuki Method and traditional styles. The Suzuki Method creates a strong technical foundation to build upon while also training the ear to work independently of note reading. I combine this method with a more traditional approach as I feel it important for the student's involvement and enjoyment to play recognizable tunes.

What to expect in a lesson:

- Learning to correctly hold the violin/viola and bow with proper position
- Learning the names of notes and placement of fingers
- Note and rhythm training/reading; key and time signature training
- Ear training
- Beginning level Suzuki and traditional pieces

- Ensuring that proper positioning and posture is upheld
- Scale and rhythm training; key and time signature training
- Ear training
- Intermediate level Suzuki and traditional pieces
- Learning shifting exercises and vibrato

- Scale and rhythm training exercises/etudes
- Ear training
- Advanced level Suzuki pieces and/or traditional and other classical pieces

For the first lesson:

Beginners: Please bring your violin (appropriate for your size), bow, shoulder rest, Suzuki Volume 1 with CD, notepad, and folder.

Intermediate-Advanced: Please bring your violin, bow, shoulder rest, notepad, folder, and your most recently performed/polished piece.

Parental involvement in younger students' lessons and at-home practicing is HIGHLY encouraged! (For those students 8 years of age or younger, parents are REQUIRED to be at every lesson!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin/Viola (for teacher use), music stand, metronome, recording device, laptop

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May 2004 - Present
�lan String Quartet

Performing with and coordinating performances for the Élan String Quartet for private concerts, workshops, weddings, corporate events, and other celebratory occasions.

Private Violin and Viola Instructor
Apr 2004 - Present
Nicolle A.- Private Studio

Guiding and teaching students not only the fundamentals of music and playing an instrument, but also helping each student to develop an individual sense of musicality and expression.


Bachelor of Music
Aug 2004 - May 2008
Indiana University Jacob School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Elan String Quartet performing "Jealousy" on the Millennium Celebrity Cruise ship
Photo by Nicolle A.

Photo by Nicolle A.

Photo by Nicolle A.

Photo by Nicolle A.

Photo by Nicolle A.
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7 Reviews

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Emma H. Aug 3, 2016
Violin · In home

Very knowledgeable, friendly and organized.

Jenna Jul 9, 2016
Violin · In studio

We loved it!! Jenna was captivated and relaxed. It was awesome!

Taiju H. Feb 6, 2014
Violin ·

Missing her a lot.

When She was in Toronto Canada,
my daughter started violin lesson
with Nicolle.
The way of her teaching was so attractive
and skilful and patience.She is also
great performer.
Too bad that we can't find any teacher
like her.But it was such a fortune that
my daughter had learn fundamental basic
from her.
We miss her a lot but great fortune for
people who live in Sydney UT.

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Daniel B. Jan 14, 2014
Viola ·


With such attention to detail and a natural ear for music, Nicolle's talent in playing and teaching is beyond compare. Her love and desire to share her passion with others is clear. If you are considering lessons look no further I 100% recommend her.

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J.P. L. Jan 9, 2014
Violin ·

Excellent teacher

A Salt Lake Gem! Excellent teacher and a very capable musician. Tons of enthusiasm. Great person skills!

J.P. L. Jan 9, 2014
Viola ·

Excellent teacher

A Salt Lake Gem! Highly qualified instructor and very capable musician! Tons of enthusiasm! Great person skills.

Julynne A. Jan 6, 2014
Violin ·

NIcolle is a wonderful teacher, and completely inspired my child!

I was impressed by Nicolle's playing abilities, but wondered how she would work with a young child. Let me tell you she is fabulous. She is very patient and has various teaching methods to keep students interested and motivated. It definitely goes much smoother when a parent is involved as well. I would highly recommend her for your child!!

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