"Nick Maclean stands out for me as one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years. His combination of raw creativity and a well studied grasp of the technical and theoretical aspects of music makes for a powerful musical statement." (Adrean Farrugia, Juno winning jazz pianist)
I'm Nick Maclean and I am a multi award-winning jazz musician, composer, performer, band leader, and piano teacher. I teach students of all ages and levels of proficiency. I've been teaching privately for many years. I also teach at several lesson studios around the city and hold jazz improvisation masterclasses in various high schools around the GTA and in the wider Ontario region.
Each of my students gets a personally tailored curriculum designed to target their weaknesses and allow them to pursue music that they find fun and interesting. I teach all styles and genres although I personally specialize in jazz.
Here's what parents/students are saying about my teaching:
“Nick is a fantastic piano teacher with a keen eye for flexibility. He works with spontaneity and intuition, these are assets we look for in a jazz instructor.”
- Delilah Russel (Parent)
"Nick's instruction combines a deep musical knowledge with some very effective pedagogy. As a teacher, he is great at quickly identifying the student's core areas that need improvement and finding the effective methods for addressing those needs. In just a few classes he has already helped me address musical issues I've carried with me for years and has also answered theoretical questions I've always had trouble understanding. Whatever your musical goals may be, Nick will do an amazing job helping you to achieve them!"
- Stephen Keller (Student)
“Nick’s lessons have been great! I have improved far faster than ever before and his willingness to tailor lesson plans to my needs has made the experience all that much better!”
- Daniel Tabet (Student)
"Nick is a phenomenal teacher. He is able to accurately asses his students' wants and needs. He also has the unique talent to deliver lessons and exercises which push the boundaries of the students' abilities and knowledge without being overwhelming. For me, the result of taking lessons with Nick has been a steady and palpable increase in my piano playing proficiency. I've greatly enjoyed my lessons with Nick and look forward to continuing working with him."
- Justin Tanas (Student)
“Nick is a very good piano teacher. Over the years I've had three others before him, and he is by far the most helpful. He is knowledgable, supportive, and has a great sense of humour. Learning piano as an adult, I recommend him!”
- John Montague (Student)
“Never too slow nor too fast. If you want more, he’ll feed you with more, he goes with the flow, play it by ear. This is extremely important to younger musicians, they need the extra care and sensitivity to enjoy the journey.”
- Irene Tam (Parent)
“Nick is dedicated to his trade but he knows how to bring himself to align with the student’s level. He knows when a push is needed, when to slow down, he works with speed you can keep up with.”
- Frank Passage (Parent)
About Nick Maclean
Born in Ottawa, NICK MACLEAN is “one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years ” (Adrean Farrugia, Juno winning jazz pianist) and has quickly become one of the most in demand 20-something piano players in that city’s bustling jazz scene. Nick received his Bachelors of Music from Humber College in 2013, having studied with David Restivo, Bernie Senensky and Nancy Walker. He then went on to do a Masters in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto researching synthesizer pedagogy while studying under David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, Chris Donnelly and David Braid. Braid in particular had an enormous influence on how Maclean approaches playing and composing. From Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock to Weather Report & Snarky Puppy, Maclean’s musical influences are diverse.
Nick leads the hard-swinging NYC-style jazz ensemble the NICK MACLEAN QUARTET. Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history. The group released their debut album RITES OF ASCENSION in November 2017 which was featured as on of the Global Music Award's 'Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018', was nominated for CJSF's 'Julian Award of Excellence' and won a 'Gold' Global Music Award in the 'Jazz' category.
Maclean also leads the multi award-winning, groove-based, electric jazz project SNAGGLE, a group with a fearlessly muscular yet introspective sound likened to a cross between 'electric-era Miles Davis' and 'Rage Against The Machine'. SNAGGLE's uniquely brash and infectious brand of jazz-funk is a melodically driven sound which incorporates primal groove qualities more commonly associated with pop and rock, swinging their live show from quietly contemplative all the way to explosively fierce - sometimes all within the same tune. Their latest release THE LONG SLOG was awarded a 'Gold' Global Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award and a nomination in the international Independent Music Awards for 'Best jazz/funk/fusion Album of the Year'.
Both of Maclean’s groups feature the internationally acclaimed jazz-trumpet iconoclast BROWNMAN ALI and are signed to BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS, a Toronto-based independent record label widely regarded as a vanguard for Canadian, forward-thinking jazz, and where Maclean works as a label manager.
Snaggle - https://snaggle.bandcamp.com/
Nick Maclean Quartet - https://nickmacleanquartet.bandcamp.com/releases
Nick Maclean Quartet performs the Herbie Hancock classis 'One Finger Snap'
Nick Maclean Quartet performs 'Elasticity of Time and Space'
Currently Accepting Beginner and Advanced Level Students
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