Riley Nicholson

Riley N.

San Francisco, CA

About Riley N.

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Riley teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: August 2014
Last sign in: 4 days ago


I teach piano, percussion, and composition to a wide range of students who are passionate and excited about music! I especially love working with beginning students who are just discovering their relationship with music; that development period is so inspiring to foster!

Specifically I offer lessons in:

Music Composition
Or any combination of the above!

My teaching experience so far includes teaching beggining piano and percussion students and coaching professional and pre-professional artists on modern music.


D. Riley Nicholson has composed and performed for a wide range of ensembles and performance venues including music for contemporary ballet, theater, orchestral music, chamber music, and vocal music. Riley feels comfortable writing for electric guitar one day and string orchestra the next; his music can be described as metaphorically rich, innovative, and modern, but never inaccessible or overly intellectual.

Fascinated and committed to working with artists outside of music as well as within, past collaborations include original music for Ballet Memphis's Cecily Khuner, Three Penny Theater, Cello Street Quartet, SFCM New Music ensemble, Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Roar, Hot Air Music Festival, Switchboard Music, SFCM Percussion Ensemble, University of Memphis Percussion Ensemble and many other talented artists and organizations.

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OPEN written by D. Riley Nicholson Performed by D. Riley Nicholson and the SFCM New Music Ensemble


Production Manager

Aug 2016 - Present
Center for New Music

Modern Music Coach

Aug 2014 - Present
Self Employed

Instrumental Music Teacher

Feb 2009 - Present
Self Employed

Composer, Pianist, Percussionist

Jan 2009 - Present
Self Employed


Masters in Music Composition

Aug 2014 - May 2016
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

B.A. in Psychology

Aug 2009 - May 2014
University of Memphis

B.M. in Music Performance

Aug 2009 - May 2014
University of Memphis

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


New Music Grant

Jan 2016
Horizons Foundation
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