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I began playing piano under the instruction of accomplished and award-winning pianist Vera Watson. While studying at the two time Grammy Award winning high school, Douglas Anderson School of the Performing Arts, I began to teach privately while also teaching group lessons at Pine Forest Elementary School of the Arts.

After high school, I went on to gain a degree in Piano Performance at the University of Florida under Steinway artist and acclaimed concert pianist Dr. Kevin Orr.

Upon entering the “real world,” I put my second degree to work and began a career in advertising. In 2009, uninspired by the desk job and feeling a strong pull back to music, I decided to pursue teaching piano full time. Thus, Nikki’s Piano Studio was born.

I have experience teaching both children and adults methods in classical piano. We work on sight reading, music theory and ear training. Once the basics of music are understood I am very open to learning music that is popular or of particular interest to each student.

My goal is to make my students feel comfortable. Only once we have established a good and comfortable relationship can each student truly grow as a musician. I am open to what works for each individual with regards to practice schedules, methods of perfecting pieces and how the actual lesson is conducted. I will try everything until I feel like I have discovered the best method for that particular student.

I think my students would say my biggest strength is my flexibility; my willingness to work with whatever obstacles they are overcoming. Many students have told me they enjoy our lessons because they are not afraid I will react negatively and they are not afraid to tell me what’s on their minds.

I am a proud member of and active participant in the JMTA (Jacksonville Music Teachers Association), a chapter of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), having served as their historian. I have also served as secretary and treasurer for other local MTNA organizations.

I am lucky to have found my passion and hope to inspire and influence my students to foster a lifelong love of music and the piano.

Studio Location
Lessons are offered in the teacher's home studio in Jacksonville, FL off of San Jose Blvd near The Bolles School.
(904) 703-9991