"No two students learn in the same way, or are drawn to the same music. A split focus between appropriate repertoire and trombone basics leads to the greatest success."
Born and raised in Rochester, NY Nick Finzer began playing the trombone in the 4th grade. “I was always drawn towards brass instruments, and when it came time to pick an instrument I wanted either trumpet or trombone. After playing both, me and the band director settled on the Trombone!” Nick moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue his Master of Music degree in Jazz Trombone at The Juilliard School.
“My teaching approach has always been geared towards each individual student. No two students learn in the same way, or are drawn to the same music. A split focus between appropriate repertoire and trombone basics leads to the greatest success.” He is open to teaching adults on trombone and jazz.
Nick enjoys playing in small jazz groups. “They allow for great written content with enough space to feature extended improvisations. My favorite musical style of music is jazz and composer is Duke Ellington. He was a composer ahead of his contemporaries and experimented with form, harmonies, orchestration, and melody. Most anything that you might hear in jazz music today - comes from Duke!” Although he most enjoys performing his own original music, he is largely influenced by Chick Corea, JJ Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheney, and Herbie Hancock to name a few.
In addition to his pursuits in trombone and jazz, Nick enjoys graphic design, web design, and entrepreneurial opportunities.