My teaching philosophy is rooted in individualizing lessons based on each student’s current and overarching musical desires while validating the struggles, triumphs, and intrinsic humanity of learning to play a musical instrument. I foster technical and artistic excellence by actively including my students’ favorite pieces and styles in their lessons. I believe people who study and learn to perform music become well-rounded individuals and professionals who bring high levels of discipline, perseverance, and creativity to any environment. My goal is for each student I teach to experience the magic of making music that I have felt across my career.
Nick Allion (He/Him/His) is a 27 year old professional cellist. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nick began his musical career at the age of 11. He fell in love with the cello after hearing a cello solo in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, and began studying the instrument directly afterwards. Nick attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music. While earning his undergraduate degree he played in multiple symphonic orchestras, performed with numerous small string ensembles, and had a successful career as a freelance event performer. Nick has been playing cello for 15 years. He has studied under Dr. Kenneth Lurie at Appalachian State University, Dr. Ellie Wee at Appalachian State University, and Dr. Mira Frisch at UNCC. He has 5 years of education experience. His most cherished performance was as part of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, where he performed in the pit orchestra as one of three cellists chosen for a large and ambitious production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Nick has been a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) for 6 years, and has attended the ASTA National Conference multiple times to further his teaching skills.