Director of River Music School London
Tutor of Singing, Piano, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Music Theory
Nicol is a professional singer and multi-instrumentalist who has a great enthusiasm for helping her students to discover and nourish their gifts and talents. She has been teaching for over 8 years now. She completed all grades in classical piano, and up until now has performed in 10 different countries as a jazz vocalist at prestigious venues with recognised international musicians. She has recorded an album of jazz standards and has released two music videos which have received an overwhelmingly positive response by her audience, as well as attracting sponsors for her future releases.
Nicol brings her broad experience and knowledge of music to the table and caters to the abilities of the student, making lessons an enjoyable self-discovery of the world of music within us! She has taught students as young as 3 years old to 65+ years old, so is very adaptable to the student's level and needs. In her lessons she incorporates performance, theory, and technique: knowledge she has acquired from the multiple instruments she knows. Nicol teaches singing (pop, rock, contemporary, jazz, folk, world), piano (classical, contemporary), bass guitar (contemporary, pop, rock), guitar (acoustic) and music theory.
In August 2020, Nicol founded River Music School London to bring together London's finest music tutors who share the same passion for music and vision for education as she does. To date, Nicol and her team are proud to have collectively achieved hundreds of success stories and happy sprouting musicians.
"Nicol is simply an exceptional teacher, bringing a unique blend of professionalism, brilliance and fun to lessons. My 7 year old now loves playing the piano, he enjoys lessons and has gained a distinction in his recent exam thanks to her fabulous tutorage. Nicol is a jewel of a find for us and I could not recommend more highly." - Clair C
"I loved my lessons with Nicol, she is fun, encouraging and full of energy. I improved so much with Nicol! I enjoy music and playing the piano thanks to her ability to make you feel as passionate as she is for music! A really positive and super inspirational teacher!" - Alex, age 10
"Lucy was an extremely shy girl who had selective mutism. Our last resort was to try singing lessons. We tried with one teacher but Lucy didn't seem to click with her. Then we contacted Nicol, and in the first lesson Lucy began to speak. In the second lesson she began to sing quietly, and in the third lesson she started to sing her heart out! We discovered that Lucy had a talent for singing, as Nicol helped her to discover her absolute pitch. We are proud to say that Lucy passed her singing exam for secondary school!!! Without Nicol we don't know where our daughter would be now, she has inspired her to enter the beautiful world of music and expression. NICOL DOES WONDERS!" - Juliet and Matthew K
"Nicol taught our son when he was in year 5 and year 6. He was a beginner and she had a lot of patience with him and made it a fun lesson with not just playing, but the theory too. She has given him a love of piano which is great to watch and listen. When Nicol went on to pastures new and moved out of the area we tried a few teachers, but no one has quite matched up to her teaching."
- Deena T
"I've been having singing lessons with Nicol for three years now. She has taught me breathing techniques, techniques that are tailored for the individual, presentation, music theory and performance skills. I highly recommend Nicol's specialist lessons for advanced students like myself, as she delves deep into the material you didn't know you need, and makes it understandable and practical. I regularly perform concerts around London and my specialist lessons with her have allowed me to develop not only musically but personality wise on the stage, which I am extremely grateful for. I've also started guitar lessons with her to develop my knowledge with her. Thank you Nicol!" - Selina G
"My daughter started bass guitar lessons with Nicol over Zoom due to Covid-19. I was initially nervous about starting music lessons with a teacher you haven’t built a relationship with in real life and who can’t work with you in person to correct hand positions etc. But I’ve been delighted. My daughter is not only learning a lot in Nicol’s lessons but is inspired and motivated to practise too — and that’s been such an unexpected benefit. Even though Nicol’s presence in our home is via a small phone screen, she’s overcome that obstacle to build an easy working relationship with my daughter, to help her progress quickly and to inspire her to do more!" - Katie M
"Nicol is an amazing teacher. I decided to get a singing teacher to help me improve my vocal technique and family members have said they've notice the difference. Singing is an art and it's been really insightful having a teacher who knows the craft and who is able to help me get to the next level." - Carlene L
"My daughters are really excited every day that they have piano lessons. I can see their progress. They are settled down well with Nicol and adore their teacher as she is kind and patient. The most important thing is that they enjoy practicing and know what the next step is." - Rosa K
“Nicol has been our son’s piano teacher since January 2021 and she has given him live lessons via zoom 5 times per week for the last 8 weeks. Our son has greatly enjoyed learning the piano with Nicol and he has progressed immensely in a short period of time. Nicol has quickly connected with our son and personalised the online class to him. She is an exceptional teacher, dedicated, very able, patient and pleasant. She has helped our son develop his piano skills, and has taught him the theory as well. As a consequence, our son absolutely adores playing piano and the lessons have become such a pleasure for him. The piano has impacted him positively and we are grateful to Nicol for all her teaching and guidance.” - Laila and Eduardo M-S
"Nicol has ben an outstanding guitar teacher and she has helped me greatly understand scales and chords which has improved my playing dramatically. Not only she has explained like no other teacher before how to navigate chords on the fretboard, but also she taught me a lot about theory, without which is very difficult to progress. I would full heartedly recommend Nicol to everyone who wants to dramatically improve his/her playing on the guitar." - Nash J
"I really enjoy the piano lessons. Nicol is patient as well as insightful; she helps me improve and develop my skills. I have progressed much further with her than with my previous teacher." - Ariana C
"My piano lessons are very good and I feel the pacing is just right for me. Nicol's methods are simple and easy to understand." - Diogo C
"My son has been taken piano lessons with Nicol once a week since November, she has been fantastic, very engaging and keeps my son motivated! Thank you Nicol for your patience and professionalism." - S G
"Nicol is an inspiring and encouraging teacher with the right balance between pushing me to achieve more and supporting my progress. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using my time to develop my basic piano skills from childhood - the experience is so satisfying and worth while. I feel very glad to have found her via these lockdown restrictions and wholeheartedly recommend her." - Sharon Y
"Can we just say a huge thank you to Nicol and the way she is conducting our remote piano lessons with our youngest son. He is only 7 and had never played piano before. Nicol’s style is so encouraging and positive which really helps him get the most out of his lessons. He has only had a few lessons but is really enjoying it and coming on really well and that is all thanks to Nicol. I would not hesitate to recommend Nicol and all at River Music school to anyone. 5 stars all round 👍" - Dominic M
"My 8 year old really enjoys the online piano lessons with Nicol who teaches in a friendly and confident manner!" - Eva G
"Nicol is very good with my children. They are thoroughly enjoying having lessons with her." - Sandra C
"My daughter can't wait for her Thursday lessons with Nicol! She loves singing with Nicol and has learnt so much from her, from technique to performance skills. For several years now, since my daughter was a child, and now is a teenager, Nicol has led her in the right direction. My daughter's voice has evolved, I am so proud of the lessons with Nicol: she has an amazing personality and can inspire absolutely anyone to sing! My younger son was so interested in the lessons that his sister had, he has started singing lessons and guitar lessons with Nicol." - Adriana G
"Nicol is energetic, dynamic and positive. She gives so much to my son’s lessons. Always full of energy. Keeping his attention throughout. Moving at a speed right for my son, yet to keep him focused and engaged. My son is always so excited to have his music lesson with Nicol each week. So pleased to have found her. Just outstanding. Everything you would wish for in a child’s teacher." - Melissa S
"My son (11 years old) attends Bass lessons and my daughter (9 years old) electric guitar lessons and both love it. Nicol is a very talented musician and a very good teacher." - Soraya F
"I’m having a wonderful experience with the service, is everything I was expecting, good professor and the classes are very clear and easy for understand.
I highly recommend River Music School London, for anyone who wants to learn music." - Milton G
"Our son started piano lessons at the beginning of February with the River Music School, and during this short period he has made significant progress and is enjoying playing the piano again! The lessons are undertaken via zoom which works well, and specific thanks to Nicol who is an excellent teacher." - Claire and Malcolm P
"Mia started Zoom piano lessons with Nicol a couple of months ago and during the Easter break, she completed a Booster Course. Nicol is an excellent and inspiring teacher and has managed to encourage Mia to practice more and she is now enjoying the whole experience." - Eva K
"I have been working with Nicol for a couple of months now and what I like about her is that she listened and understood what I was expecting from our piano lessons and I am really enjoying them. Nicol is very patient, friendly and a really good teacher. Highly recommended!" - Hannah B
"Nicol is a fantastic piano teacher to my daughter (11yo), they have bonded well and Nicol is an excellent communicator. She makes the piano easy to learn for my daughter and also gives me feedback about the lessons so I can stay up to date with her education. We're so grateful to have found Nicol, we're now aiming for Grade 3 thanks to her! I highly recommend River Music School London and all the tutors there." - Brenda H
"I have piano lessons at River Music School. I'm a beginner and a mature student (I'm 65), which is surely the most difficult combination to teach. My teacher is Nicol, and in the few weeks I've been attending, she has helped me learn faster than I'd thought possible. She's very patient and knows just how hard to push me so that I always leave the lesson with a sense of achievement and enthusiasm to go and practise. I now believe I will soon be able to call myself a pianist. I can't wait." - Clifford H
"I have started to take piano lessons with Nicol and I am very happy with the decision I made. She is for sure an experienced musician who knows what she is doing. She motivates me, challenges me, and has many different ways to help me understand. She also has great patience and great customer care. Very happy will continue with her after my 10 classes." - Dubrazka R
"Nicol is lovely and a very gifted guitar teacher. She has great patience with young children and adapts her lesson to suit my child’s pace of learning. She is always calm and happy to answer any question. I’m amazed to see how far my 6 year old has come in only a few months." - Elisabeth D S
"Really enjoying my current experience with River Music School. My 7 year old daughter is having lessons with Nicol and she is absolutely great with her. We are in our second month, and already she has learnt so much and looks forward to every lesson. Would highly recommend!" - Dyonne B
"Nicol is a brilliant piano teacher for young children. My daughter enjoys her lessons once a week and has advanced a lot since practicing with Nicol. She is very child friendly and nurturing which is really inviting for my daughter." - Olivia O
"Nicol is very encouraging to my son and has been able to tailor the lessons to my son's needs. He's already made a lot of progress since she started teaching him." - Resina C
"Nicol is a very patient and dedicated teacher." - Dr. Nick F
"Nicol is a brilliant piano teacher for my daughter. My daughter enjoys her lessons once a week and has advanced a lot since practicing with Nicol.
She is exceptional teacher, very talented, dedicated, patient and very friendly which motivates my daughter to learn.
Nicol’s way of teaching is very clear and easy to understand. She has amazing personality and can inspire absolutely anyone.
I highly recommend River Music School to anyone wanted to learn piano." - Noli B
"Nicol is an excellent teacher. My 6 year old daughter really enjoys her lessons and has already learned so much. Nicol has a patient and calm yet fun manner which really helps my daughter to engage and learn." - Emily L
"Nicol has been delivering singing lessons to me now for over a month. Patient and assured, she tailors a lesson to the individual's needs. She obviously knows her subject matter inside out and is worth every penny she charges. I'm now looking forward to receiving keyboard lessons too! I recommend Nicol to anyone." - Jon S
"Nicol has been an inspiring teacher. She makes the lessons enjoyable and sets realistic and achievable goals. I look forward to every lesson and am progressing well on the guitar." - Viveen G
"Nicol is an amazing Piano Teacher!! She is calm, patient and ensures that my son understands the notes. My son just started to learn to play the piano and already he has done exceptionally well. I highly recommend Nicol from River Music School!!" - Sharon D
"Nicol is an excellent teacher, she’s very friendly, patient and professional. My 7 year old is very happy, she’s really enjoying her lessons. I’m so glad how much my daughter has progressed. I really recommend Nicol!!" - Patricia S
"Both my daughters have recently started having music lessons at the River Music School. They absolutely love it and after each lesson are inspired to show the new songs they have learned! I would absolutely recommend the school to anyone with young children interested in learning the piano."
- Nicholas C
"My 7 year old daughter has been having weekly online piano lessons for a few months and is now enjoying playing the piano everyday. It’s great to see how much she is learning and how much she has progressed. Her teacher Nicol is so patient, kind and also flexible with availability. Would highly recommend!" - Jenny E
"My teenage daughter is thoroughly enjoying her piano lessons with River Music School. I am amazed just how quickly she has begun to start playing small pieces. This is testimony to the patient and inspirational teaching by Nicol at River Music." - Sapphire R
"Nicol is an amazing teacher. She is patient, kind and always very calm. My son absolutely loves her and her lessons. He started to practise at home without needing a major push which is a huge achievement. Would highly recommend!" - Jaga S
"I’ve been taking my daughter here for over a year she has made so much progress and really enjoys playing the piano! Nicol is very good at what she does and very patient and takes her time to explain and always supportive. I recommend her to anyone who is interested in playing piano she is a brilliant teacher." - KIM&KK
"I would highly recommend the River Music School, I've been having Piano lessons with Nicol for a few months and it's brilliant. A very structured and rewarding way of learning. I've noticed lots of improvement in my ability." - Joe B
"Nicol is a wonderful teacher and has a great way with children in encouraging them to learn an instrument. Our children love their lessons and are progressing very well at a pace that suits them. I really recommend Nicol." - Geoff C
"Nicol is the best teacher when it comes to piano. My 11 year old son recently passed the ABRSM Grade 1 Piano exam and would have been extremely hard, if not unachievable, without Nicol's supportive encouragement and brilliant help. My son's progress in piano has improved dramatically over the course of the 7 months that we've been with Nicol. Would highly recommend her!" - Dinusha F
"Really great piano lessons! I love learning the theory and then putting it into practice. Nicol is super patience and has great knowledge and skill." - Harley G
- Ken Tamplin
(on Nicol's rendition of Jethro Tull - Bouree)
- Suzie Collier
(on Nicol - Euphoric)
"I was attracted by the way Nicol conveys emotions with her voice. Nicol is passionate about her art, with an uncompromising vision."
- Martial Petit, Jazz Kaleidoscope New York
(on Nicol - Nature Boy)
"A perfect mix between Sade and Chris Rea."
- Borce Trajkovski
(on Nicol - Euphoric)