David Allen Nichols is a passionate and dedicated teacher, recognized for his creative approach to private instruction and his innovative master classes for students of all ages and levels. Both In-home and studio lessons are available. Studio lessons are offered at the David Allen Nichols Piano Studio. The popular “Fierce Fingers” piano intensive offers a pathway to the achievement of technical proficiency, guiding young students to the enjoyment of disciplined technical work in a fun and encouraging setting. The success of Mr. Nichols' students is based upon a process of challenge, self-discovery and personal fulfillment.
DAVID ALLEN NICHOLS PIANO STUDIO
The David Allen Nichols Piano Studio offers lessons to students of all ages at our studio in Bronxville NY. Lessons include the study of repertoire and technique, as well as composition, improvisation, theoretical concepts, rhythm training, ear training. counterpoint and harmony. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and introductory lesson.
Two recitals are held each year, giving students the opportunity to perform on the nine-foot Steinway concert grand at Bronxville’s West Center Church. Additionally students are invited to participate in Mr. Nichols' master classes and lecture demonstrations as well as the annual auditions, competitions and assessments of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, NYSMTA, NYSSMA, and the RCM Achievement Program.
Mr. Nichols is an artist/composer member of BMI, and a teacher member of the Carnegie Hall/ Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program, the American College of Musicians National Guild of Piano Teachers, The Music Teachers National Association, The New York State Music Teachers Association, and the Westhester-Rockland-Putnam Music Teachers Association.
Workshops and Seminars
“Kids under age 12 have a special advantage when it comes to developing piano technique---precisely because their hands are so small. Their small hands are an asset---because in order for the small hand to reach the larger intervals, the fingers must be in a fully extended position. This extended position stresses the extensor muscles of the hand (the lifting muscles) making it harder to lift all of the fingers. When a muscle is stressed over and over again it gradually develops strength. Because a tiny or small hand works harder than a medium or large hand when playing the piano---a huge amount of technical development can occur in just a short amount of time if the work is done systematically. It has been said that the main ingredient separating a musical prodigy from an extremely talented child of the same age is the ability to practice systematically.”
The Fierce Fingers piano intensive offers students a systematic way of building the extensor and interossi muscles by playing scales, chords, and exercises as part of a physical work-out regimen for the hands and wrists to build strength and endurance. The goal is to develop the lifting muscles of the fingers, which in combination with a relaxed, flexible arm and wrist are crucial to playing smoothly, evenly and fast.
The workshop takes place in an encouraging yet challenging setting. Students learn a disciplined technical work-out regimen that can be used later on at home. Students learn how to practice slowly in order to go fast; and how to practice even slower to go even faster---and faster still. Students also learn synchronization as a way of further strengthening the lifting muscles as they attempt to control the descent of the fingers.