100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We know that starting lessons is a big step and we want you to feel confident booking with us. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll help you find a new teacher or you can receive a refund for any unused lessons within the first year from the date of purchase.

Lesson Details

Loading-circle

About

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!

Experience

CEO
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

+ Read More
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

+ Read More

Education

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

Languages

Creole
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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

Affiliations

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.

+ Read More
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.

+ Read More

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

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

View
Photo by Nikiya E.
+ 2 more

3 Reviews

Write a Review
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!

+ Read More
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.

+ Read More

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: