Nicole is a classically trained violist and violinist, and an active Suzuki Method and Alexander Technique teacher.
She holds a M.M in String Performance on viola from Boston University, has completed teacher training in Suzuki Violin Books 1-4, and recently finished a three-year training course for Alexander Technique Certification with an additional year of post-graduate study. Before pursing additional training, she hopes to organize and read through a large accumulation of books at home.
Her interests in working with children, and pursuing Alexander Technique, began while completing her bachelors degree at the University of South Florida in 2012. A first time, awkward, and tearful substitute teaching experience led her to seek out Suzuki Method to better understand how to support young children and their learning process. Shortly after, a workshop with violinist, violist, and Alexander Technique teacher Matthew Jones allowed her to see that high level performance did not need to include pain.
She holds a special place in her heart for all of her teachers, including Kathie Aaggard, J.T. Posadas, Karen Ritscher, and Tommy Thompson. When not in the studio, Nicole loves being outdoors with her horse Mikey, and beachcombing for seashells.
Building Bright Strings Studio began in 2017 with a handful of students. It has since blossomed to a full-time studio based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Students from the studio have completed multiple levels of the American String Teacher’s Association Certificate Achievement Program, have secured spots in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Rivers Youth Orchestras.