About Nikki Ty-Tomkins


Nikki Ty-Tomkins


B. Mus. Juilliard

Canada Council Scholar

A.R.C.T. Royal Conservatory of Music

Diplome Solfege Quebec Conservatoire de Musique

6 Responses to About Nikki Ty-Tomkins

  1. Suzy says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve enjoyed exploring your blog — so many great resources! In fact, I linked to one of your articles in a round-up post I just published for TakeLessons.com. Here’s a link, if you’d like to take a look: http://takelessons.com/blog/helping-kids-learn-piano-z06.

    If you’d like to republish the infographic, I’m happy to write up an introduction to help you save time. Let me know!

  2. Mary Davis says:

    Dear Nikki,


    One thing I would like to say about recitals (I call them “playing times”) is that we don’t have to follow the traditional structure. I choose a theme each year — this year it’s Shakespeare. I am fortunate to have many parents who are musical, and the focus of my teaching is that families will have music together. Therefore, the first playing time is for duets. This year we had it on a Saturday morning and we all came in our pjs. Our last playing time featured more contemporary music, so I hired a percussionist to play along. And so it goes…

    Thank you for your voice of love in this increasingly hectic world!

  3. nmcp99@gmail.com says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. nikkitytom says:

    Thank you so very much! For your kind words and for some wonderful ideas for exciting alternatives to the deadly and boring traditional recitals. With a theme you’ve transformed the recital…Shakespeare gives an opportunity to sneak in a little bit of fine literature, while adding a percussionist for a contemporary theme adds spice and excitement to music which may be unfamiliar to young ears. ..These “tweaks” are almost guaranteed to take away the pressure of performance and substitute something fun and special. I love your ideas.

  5. Joni says:

    I haven’t even begun to read your offerings yet and I just had to write a note. I have my masters degree in music and for years have been thinking surely there are more creative ways to teach piano…to instill joy and love rather than fear and dread. Thank you! Can’t wait to “drink it all in”! My best from North Carolina.

  6. nikkitytom says:

    Thanks so much Joni. Sometimes a few words make a huge difference in the path one takes. And I have a feeling today that yours might just be some of those words. I have long pondered over the lack of courses in pedagogy in virtually every program I have studied, From the A.R.C.T. (ostensibly a teaching certificate in Canada and Great Britain) to the advanced degrees from Juilliard. The Quebec Conservatoire required a huge array of courses but nary a one of them dealt with teaching. We ended up reading notes in seven clefs, hearing a whole symphony in our heads and being able to perform a two hour recital from memory … but NO courses in transmitting those skills to a student.
    Your comments have reminded me of a question which has bothered me for years. But only subliminally. Now I am feeling it viscerally. And maybe it’s time to do something about it.

    Thank YOU ! ….

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