Nicole Rafferty

Nicole R.

Castle Rock, CO

About Nicole R.

Background check: Last verified 02/28/2016
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Nicole teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: November 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have been studying violin for 17 years and have performed all kinds of music from classical to rock. As of Spring 2016 I completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Psychology and two Graduate Certificate in the Suzuki Technique and the Alexander Technique. During my education I was fortunate enough to study violin with Jerilyn Jorgensen and Brad Watson. As well as, perform in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. I was also able to study violin, music performance, and composition with Carlo Feige, Roberto Andreoni, and Simone Fontenelli in Milan, Italy for 4 months during my junior year. During my undergraduate degree i chose to accompany my music with a psychology degree, focusing on cognition as well as social and child psychology.

Given the extensive nature of my musical training and my great passion for music, specifically the violin, I can offer a student an engaging and instructive experience, that will allow them to reach any goal.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take an all inclusive approach to teaching violin, that encourages students to proactively participate in the learning process. My lessons are geared around encouraging a student's creativity and musicality while at the same time providing them with the tools to work through each piece and each technical aspect of playing the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in the living room. There is seating for parents and plenty of parking.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin
Suzuki Pedagogy
Alexander Technique

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Student Lesson


Violin Instruction

Jun 2014 - Present
Colorado Music Quest

Violin Instructor Volunteer

Feb 2015 - Apr 2015
El Sistema

Violin Instructor

Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Mile High Academy of Music

Private Violin Teacher

Stage Hand

Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
Lamont School of Music

Worked on a variety of shows from classical to folk music.


Alexander Technique Certification

Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Alexander Technique Denver

Suzuki Graduate Certificate

Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
Lamont School of Music- University of Denver

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
University of Denver

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Suzuki Certification

May 2015
University of Denver

I'm certified by the university of Denver and Suzuki Association of America to teach Suzuki Books 1-8


Western State Honor Orchestra

Aug 2008
Rock Canyon High School

Orchestra Directors Award

May 2008
Douglas County School District


American Society for the Alexander Technique

Aug 2013

The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)  is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States.The requirements for AmSAT teacher certification are specified in AmSAT's Bylaws and include the completion of 1,600 hours of training over a minimum of three years at an AmSAT-approved Teacher Training Course. AmSAT Teacher Training Courses maintain a five-to-one student/teacher ratio.

Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Aug 2013

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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11 Reviews on Nicole R.

Kearstyn D. Jan 6, 2017
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Thank you Nicole, My daughter is a first time user with only a few minor instructions from a public school teacher, whom taught her wrong. Your advice and ability to work with her, even in her frustrated moments was wonderful. I am looking forward to next week
Heidi M. Nov 7, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She was able to meet my daughter where she is musically. She is professional, and personable.
Josh Sep 16, 2016
Violin · In studio
Nicole has been fantastic with our daughter. We have seen steady progress and our daughter is always excited to attend, learn, and grow. We highly recommend Nicole to anyone looking for lessons.
Ana O. Dec 21, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Nicole is committed to teaching a full appreciation for the violin. Despite the fact that my daughter has yet to play a note in her lesson, she has learned a tremendous amount & will be properly prepared in technique, form, tone & overall knowledge to play with confidence. Although my daughter hoped she'd be playing by now, she's become even more motivated to practice now that she understands there is so much more to the violin than playing a song. We look forward to seeing our daughter grow under Nicole's direction.
Ernest R. Nov 2, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Patient, helpful & knowledgable!
Alia M. Aug 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is patient, kind, knowlegeable and direct. Very Good Teacher.
GREG A PURYEAR Aug 12, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
4.5 Stars! - Nicole is very patient, and willing to work with a beginner, to get through all of the little hurdles that come with starting any new instrument.
Lynea C. Apr 13, 2014
Verified Student
Moving forward with an eye on a strong foundation

My daughter has had 2 other teachers. The first thing I noticed was that Nicole paid attention to technique, posture and sound quality. It took a bit, but she helped my daughter relearn some overlooked basics. The immediate difference was amazing. Then the approach Nicole takes in helping students learn to listen to and understand their own playing really increased my daughters motivation to improve. She has improved tremendously and is having fun doing it.
Mikayla I. Mar 11, 2014
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher

Nicole is an excellent teacher that understands her students and teaches them in a way that is geared toward them individually. She listens and is very patient. While not only encouraging the student, she also challenges them thus opening up creativity and a love for the violin.
Danelle K. Aug 20, 2013
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher!

Our daughter had a previous violin instructor for 3 years and had a great foundation. However, we knew it was time to take her to the next level with technique and note reading. Nicole is very knowledgeable about violin technique, its history, and about music. My daughter has grown tremendously. Her intonation, note reading confidence, and rhythm has greatly improved. She has a new found excitement for her instrument again!
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