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'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 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)

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.

Currently Accepting Beginner and Advanced Level Students
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