Using the inspiration she got from her pedagogical training at the University of Victoria, Nicole uses the piano and guitar as a essential teaching tools to accompany and teach theory.
Influenced by the classical repertoire of her youth and by her affinity for improvising, Ms. Scoffield shares her passion for music to students of all ages. She is delighted to be a faculty member of New Westminster’s Music Box where she also teaches piano and voice.
Want to learn music but not sure where to start?
Sign up for the introductory group lesson special:
General music concepts of rhythm and pitch.
Learn to hold the violin bow.
Guitar string basics.
Introduction to piano note identification and basic fingering.
"Over the last 12 years, I have watched Nicole teach my son with the utmost patience and kindness. She shared with him her love and her depth of knowledge for music…
…As my son grew older, his relationship with Nicole was full of respect and admiration. The chemistry they share cannot be expressed with words. There was never a day he dreaded going to her lessons. Nicole was a very dedicated teacher, she was also on the lookout to host recitals or performance opportunities for him. Her flawless teaching style has helped my son develop into a talented musician. He proudly became the concert master in his school’s orchestra this year and was the recipient of his school’s strings award.
All in all, Nicole has been an amazing teacher. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have her taught my son all these years." Michelle Robinson, parent
"Nicole showed a high level of competence, creativity and dedication to developing the potential of each individual student in her work at the Academy. She was able to instruct and inspire group classes and private lessons. I recommend her most highly as a teacher and as a musician."
Rosalind O'Keefe, Head of Suzuki Violin, Vancouver Academy of Music
"We have found Ms. Scoffield to be a consummate professional, an excellent teacher, and a musician of the highest quality. She also has a natural affinity for working with young children, both in individual lessons and in a group setting." Stephen Broscoe, parent
"Nicole has an ability to relate well to students of all ages and levels. She is a versatile teacher of private and group violin lessons. Nicole can effectively communicate concepts to very young students and ESL students."
Sam Beckford, director, Guildford School of music
"My son's love of fiddle music, brought him to lessons, and Nicole has been able to present him with a program which has not only addressed his interests, but also expanded it into many other musical genres." Louise McLaren, parent
"Thanks to Nicole I have a new musical awareness in my playing and I always look forward to our next exciting violin lesson." Larry-Pierre Davids, student
"Thank you for being such a wonderful violin teacher. Your encouragement and patience over the many years is much appreciated." Melissa Wong, student
What do I need to get started with violin lessons?
You will need a functioning violin that is appropriate for your size that you or someone close to you can tune; a bow that has enough hair and rosin to make your strings sound; a sponge or shoulder pad to support your instrument; a notebook (preferably with blank pages and staff paper;) a pencil, your beginner's music book or music sheets corresponding to the material.
What do I need to get started with piano lessons?
A piano that is in tune or a keyboard preferably with weighted keys; an adjustable bench or seat; a notebook and pencil; your music books.
What do I need to get started on guitar?
You will need a guitar that is appropriate for your size. I suggest starting on a classical guitar because the nylon strings are easier for beginners to play than steel strings. After you develop your basic skills then you can change up to the guitar of your choice, keeping in mind an electric guitar requires additional hardware and it will have a very different feel than an acoustic.
Always remember your notebook, pencil and music sheets/books.
Finally, a music stand is always helpful.
Its never too late to get started. You can have a lesson online, or in person, taking care to wear masks and stay physically distanced.
Free free send an email to sign up for a class and get a zoom room link.
You can meet the instructor and ask questions.
Learn the repertoire you desire.
With twenty years of teaching experience, learn the skills to take you from a novice player to a skilled and refined musician.
Learn to read and write music...even transpose.
Listen & play along link.
Nic's Violin Tips Videos
Link to You Tube mini-lesson listening examples.
I have posted some free music lesson content for you to view under the more tab of this site.
The first set of exercises may seem boring, but they are designed to help you get started reading music and playing along.
Time to be announced.
In the mean time check out some free examples on You tube I posted for you to get started.
Find the sheet music under the "more"tab of this site.