Nikiya Exantus

Nikiya E.

Kent, CT

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
January 1991

I specialize in artist development and train students who want to progress to a professional level, total package performer (piano, vocals, music theory, songwriting, composing, music business, audition prep, performance). My background in psychology helps my students identify and conquer challenges. With over 20 years of experience as a pianist, singer, and songwriter, performing with artists including Anita Baker, Diana Ross, and Ne-Yo has given me the tools needed to help you reach your potential. I've learned from the best and know how to bring out the best in my students!


Sep 1997 - Present
Hands Up Entertanment

Clientele ranges from 2 years old to 65 years old
High success rate in providing private coaching in piano, vocals, music theory, composition, songwriting, improvisation and artist development
Effectively provide training/preparation for performances, auditions and recording studio work
Successfully work with recording artists inside/outside recording studios by creatively providing guidance, musical input/direction, harmony and arrangement for demos/albums

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Music Instructor
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School

Provide excellent training to students of all ages on a one on one basis
Throughly prepare students for performances during the school year
Successfully implement Progressive Learning techniques and methods
Creatively instruct students in piano, music theory, improvisation and composition
Effectively encourage freedom of expression and creativity which promotes a healthy self esteem and confidence
Develop and cultivate in students a love for music as well as for learning

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Commercial Jazz/Music Performance
Sep 2008 - Sep 2009
Five Towns College
Sep 1997 - Sep 2004
St. John's University
Insrrumental Major
Sep 1993 - Jun 1997
La Guardia High School of Performing Arts


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best New Band
May 2005
First Place Winner
Apr 1992
Carnegie Hall
Young Writer Essence Award
Jun 1991
Essence Magazine


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Oct 2015

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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Broadcast Music Inc.
Jun 2008

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

One of my students performing his hit single for Stevie Wonder
Maddie began her training with me at age 6 and is now 10. Here she is playing  "Stay" by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko.
Performance at SOB's in NYC

My piano rendition of "if I Were A Boy" by Beyoncé
Photo by Nikiya E.

Photo by Nikiya E.

Photo by Nikiya E.

10 year old Maddie learning  at a young age how be versatile by playing music from classical to pop.
Photo by Nikiya E.


3 Reviews

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Maddie H. Apr 6, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

I have been taking lessons with Nikiya since I was 6 years old. Piano with Nikiya has been super fun for me because I learn new skills and many new songs. She always makes sure I completely understand what I've ben taught. I love lessons with Nikiya!I I always look forward to my piano lesson every week!

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Kiya C. Mar 19, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

I very much loved learning the piano with Nikiya she's great with how she teaches it and also being able to see her perform at her shows was amazing. She has an truly amazing talent with music !!

claire V. Mar 17, 2015
Classical Piano · Online

I had the pleasure of watching Nikiya perform most of her masterpieces! Ranging from classical pieces such as Chopin and also her delicate and beautiful pieces that she had written and composed herself. Never before have I seen such a talent. If you have her as a professor consider yourself very fortunate. She truly cares for each student individually.

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