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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance (Magna Cum Laude) - Florida International University
Masters of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Music (Incomplete) - Longy School of Music of Bard College
Masters of Music in Jazz Studies (In pursuit) - New York University
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship - 2013-2017
Longy School of Music Merit Scholarship - 2018-2019
New York University Adjunct Instructor - Non degree jazz guitar lessons - 2019-2021
Nick is a guitarist and composer who seeks to bring thought provoking and emotionally compelling music to whomever he gets the pleasure of sharing with. Influenced by musicians from Wayne Shorter to Shai Maestro, The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters to Circa Survive, he attempts to utilize every part of his musical upbringing and style into his compositions and improvisations. He attempts to fuse simple lyrical melodies above intricate harmonies with subtlety shifting rhythms. His ultimate goal is to make the intellectually sophisticated sound simple and accessible while still having an explorative, reaching nature. And on top of it all, making the listener feel something.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Nicholas is a young guitarist and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2017, he acquired a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He currently is attending New York University, where he is pursuing his Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of non-degree jazz guitar lessons at NYU. He spent one year in Boston, Massachusetts studying at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he got to study the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization under Ben Schwendener.
I have many years of teaching experience and can discuss a wide range of topics. While I am predominantly a guitar player, I have experience with and have often enjoyed teaching musical/compositional concepts as well as improvisational tools and music theory to other instruments. Here are a few topics I can discuss with students:
- Beginning to advanced Music Theory
- Patterns and ideas for creative scale practicing
- Individualized approaches to learning and improvisation
- Transcription and analysis
- Compositional/Songwriting techniques
- Counterpoint and Guitar Polyphony
- Harmony, the study of creating interesting voicings with moving lines
- Guitarist left and right hand technique (with or without a pick)
- Hybrid picking, alternate picking, economy picking, legato technique
- Time metronome exercises
- George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization
In addition to many other topics upon request!
My main philosophy as a teacher is that everyone has a unique and distinct voice, and as an educator I serve merely as a facilitator helping the student finding and exposing that voice without imposing my own personal style. Coming from a self taught background and entering academia as a student as well as educator, I fully realize the multitudes of learning styles so I feel acknowledging a student's style and targeting that leads to ultimate growth as a musician and a person. I work with students to find what they like, ultimately attempting to help them find what they're passionate about.
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