Nicholette is a professionally-trained musician and music teacher with a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) from the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
She can most often be found playing soulful renditions of well-loved tunes as a solo artist at Perth’s most luxurious venues, such as at The Waiting Room’s grand piano (Crown Towers Perth) or at COMO The Treasury’s Bar & Lounge. She can also be found playing keys and singing in bands in tribute to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and D’Angelo at the Ellington Jazz Club, and most recently Alicia Keys at the Forrest Centre’s Glass Atrium in Perth CBD. Her passion for Gospel music has also led her to be a part of the WAAPA Gospel Choir, collaborating and performing with Melonie Daniels-Walker (US), Perth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Australian hip-hop legends Drapht and Coin Banks.
Nicholette has trained in the Yamaha style of teaching, adapted to Australian children’s style of learning, through Forte School of Music where she worked for 4 years from 2012 – 2016. She has also been trained in AMEB/ABRSM and can teach up to Grade 8.
Her teaching philosophy is not solely to learn how to play certain pieces, but to teach musicality and learn to listen and understand what you are playing aurally. We will be incorporating aural (ear) training in lessons, unless specifically requested otherwise. Her priority is always having fun and enjoying your lessons, not simply learning an instrument to pass an exam!
For beginners piano (specifically children aged 4-11), there will be lots of Solfa singing and listening via VAK Learning styles (Visual, Audio, Kinesthetic) – making our lessons FUN and engaging for all your little ones!
Each student is unique, and so we will work together (including parents of young children) to tailor a specific program to reach your musical goals while continuing to harness the technical requirements at each level. This means we could be working through a program or a grade, but spend some time during lessons on fun songs on the radio, beginners jazz, blues etc.
Completing 4 years of intensive vocal training in Contemporary music at WAAPA has provided for a strong foundation in vocal technique in various genres, namely Blues, Acid Jazz, Jazz, Neo-Soul, Soul, R&B, Pop. Nicholette’s biggest musical influences are Alicia Keys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, Hiatus Kaiyote, Beyonce. Your lessons are all about YOU, learning songs that you dream of singing and working on vocal tips and tricks to help you control your voice in the way YOU want! During your lessons, you will work on vocal techniques such as breathing, placement, resonance, vowel modification, blending of different registers, belting, microphone technique and much more!
Nicholette also teaches Piano for Special Needs, and has had (and currently has) a few parents who have replaced their child’s weekly OT and other therapy for special needs with piano/music lessons.
- Valid Working With Children’s Check.
- Nicholette is a professional gigging musician and you will be able to find her at various venues around Perth during the week. If you’re interested in checking her out before committing to lessons, please head over to her facebook or website for more info on where to find her!