Nicole Wright is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Pre-Teacher Certification. She aspires to teach music privately and in schools in America or possibly around the world. Nicole has studied piano for 15 years and had the privilege of studying under Crystal Rivette at APU. She had the opportunity to teach music with the Azusa Conservatory, the Grand Theatre, Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Music and Arts Center. Other teaching endeavors include volunteering with the Nogales High School choral program, tutoring with the Lights On Learning Center, and assisting in the establishment of a world music drumming class at Powell Elementary School. It is very important to her that each lesson consists of hard work, fun, and creativity. Nicole teaches primarily classical and modern piano.
Cody Weinmann is a composer and pianist who’s originally from Reno Nevada. He moved to California with his family in 1998.
Cody plays and writes for many genres including solo pieces, band and orchestral works, choral works and sacred and church music. He is a big lover of big sound textures, especially piano concertos or orchestral pieces with a piano feature. He has perfect pitch and synesthesia—the ability to see colors with pitches.
Cody has degrees in Piano Performance, Music Composition and Music Technology with honors from California State San Bernardino. He was an Honorable Mention in the 2010 BMI Student Composer Competition for his work entitled “Mary—Prelude for Band in D Minor.” Since then, he has been feverishly writing pieces in many different instrumentations for different competitions over the years. This has culminated in the brilliant reading of one of his sacred SATB choral works entitled “Come Near to God.”
Cody’s goals for teaching include teaching people of all abilities the power and fun in music. He tailors lessons to the student’s individual needs. He teaches them note and sight reading along with improvisation. He also has five years teaching students with disabilities as well and nurtures the student’s strengths to keep them going.
John started playing the piano the summer before his seventh birthday, continuing a tradition of music that was passed down from his guitarist father and vocalist mother.
The following thirty years would bring experiences in concert performance, musical theatre (where he would meet his future wife), vocal accompaniment, Big Band Swing Orchestra, and an opportunity to
play Mozart on the Fibonacci Steinway Grand Piano.
His training includes fifteen years’ piano instruction in the Orf and Suzuki methods, ten years of musical theatre performance, five years of Dalcroze education culminating in a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and over thirty years of playing the piano.
John’s teaching experience includes private vocal and piano lessons, The Imagination Machine creative writing program and, as an Alzheimer's Caregiver for six years, John has witnessed therapeutic qualities
of music. He believes that it is never too early to teach music, and it is never too late to learn.