Nicole is a great teacher! She took me on halfway through my senior year and helped me grow musically and see things in my music I'd never seen before. She also gave me really interesting and fun music to play so that I enjoyed learning.
Nicole was very supportive of everything I did for school; she guided and supported me through my solo concerto performance, as well as helped me work out my solos for school orchestra and all-state band music. She is very knowledgeable about music and how to teach it, and I really enjoyed studying under her. She rocks!"
Emma - 18 years old
Nicole is an excellent teacher! I started taking flute lessons from her after years of not playing my flute much. But Nicole helped me pick up where I left off and even improve through only a semester of lessons! I can tell she truly cares about the progress of each of her students.
Alex - College Student
Our son has been taking lessons from Nicole for a year now. We have been impressed with his overall progress and his continued interest. We appreciate Nicole's professionalism; she clearly communicates expectations for the students and the parents and is very good about keeping lessons and punctuality. The style of the lesson has also been very good for our son--there are lesson pieces, performance pieces, and sight reading. Nicole has also helped our son with music theory. We have had a very positive experience working with Nicole, and are happy that through her style our son continues to enjoy playing the flute.
Mother of a Student
Nicole has proven to be a very effective teacher while maintaining sensitivity to the student's individual needs and personality. My daughter tried learning flute in her Junior High band class throughout 7th grade and was never able to even make a sound. She was discouraged and I was surprised when she asked to take band the next year. I decided to enroll her in lessons with Nicole Elkins after my daughter began 8th grade. Within just two weeks, my daughter had a noticeable improvement in her sound. After a couple of months, my daughter was able to meet the demands of her band class at an acceptable level and her band teacher has commented on her constant improvement.
I have witnessed Nicole's attention to all technical aspects of flute performance and her ability to explain technique in a way youth can understand and apply. She describes effective practice activities in her lessons to help the student maximize individual practice time and is attentive to following up with all assignments and goals. My daughter's enjoyment in playing the flute has increased dramatically as a result. It is clear to me by observing my daughter's lessons with Nicole, that her success in teaching is a result of her solid knowledge and proficiency with flute performance coupled with her ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and sensitive manner.
Mother of a Student