Nik received a Bachelors in piano performance from Florida State University, a Masters in piano performance from the University of Georgia, and a Masters in music theory at Indiana.University. Now he is currently preparing to defend his thesis at IU for a Doctorate in music theory. While working on his PhD, Nik had the opportunity to teach many undergraduate music theory courses. He also taught sight-singing, ear training, and keyboard skills. Initially self-taught, Nik strives to create an enjoyable learning environment where students can self-discover and cultivate independent thinking skills. In addition to fostering technical ability and listening skills, Nik promotes the development of musical understanding: knowledge of the rules, grammars, and conventions that underlie the music. Recognizing the individuality of each learner, he also adopts a flexible approach, tailoring the lessons to meet the needs, goals, and learning style of each student. Whether you want to become a concert pianist or simply want to play for your own enjoyment, Nik can help guide you down the right path.