Education

EDUCATION

Alongside Nikki’s performance schedule she has developed a parallel career as a widely respected teacher – having been nominated for the JAZZ EDUCATION AWARD at the 2007 and 2009 PARLIAMENTARY JAZZ AWARDS. 
She has acted as a tutor at numerous workshops and Summer Schools around the world, as well as maintaining active links with most of the London music colleges.


PRESENT POSTS

The Royal Academy of Music, London – Piano Professor and ensemble coach 2000 –

Middlesex University, London – Senior Lecturer Jazz Program 1998-

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Piano Professor 1998-

Trinity Laban – Visiting ensemble-coaching 2005 –

Bedford school – Jazz piano and ensemble coach   2013-


OTHER EXPERIENCE

Leeds College of Music – Part time Senior Lecturer 1991 – 98

Bretton Hall College, Leeds University – Part time jazz piano teacher 1991 – 96

York University – Part time jazz piano teacher 1994 – 98

York University – Ensemble in Residence – Julian Arguelles Octet 2004-

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester – Visiting Lecturer/ performer between 2001-2015

Trinity College, London – Part time jazz piano teacher 2002-2005

Leeds College of Music – Emeritus Professor 2015-2017


SELECTED FREELANCE WORK

Glamorgan University Jazz Summer School 1993 – 2017

The Music Institute, Plovdiv, Bulgaria – Visiting Lecturer 1996

Music Conservatoire, Jyvaskyla, Finland – Visiting Lecturer 1997

Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), London. Commissioning Editor, Editor and Creative Consultant for the Jazz Syllabus – Horns, Flute and Piano, Grades 1 to 5. Now developing Grades 6-8 in the same capacity. Also involved as a Composer, Arranger and Performer.

The Mediterranean Jazz Summer School, Roujan, France 1995-2005

Burnley Jazz Summer School, Burnley 2000-2008

Perth, Woolongong and Melbourne, Australia – Three four-day courses training teachers, set up by the Professional Development Department of the ABRSM. 2005

Escuela de Musica Seminario de Jazz, La Curuna, Spain 2004-2013

Pete Churchill’s Choral Project, Roujan, France 2005-2010

The Loire Vocal Jazz Summer School, France 2006

Global Music Foundation Summer School, Certaldo, Italy 2007-2009

Trinity College of Music, London, Jazz summer school 2007-2011

Renga (contemporary ensemble from the London Philharmonic Orchestra) Leading Improvisation Workshops with Rufus Ried and Tim Garland 2006 -2010
Featured composer with Renga with Kenny Wheeler, Tim Garland, Stan Sulzmann 2007-2010

International Association of Jazz Educators, Performer – Long Beach, California (2002), and Toronto (2008)

Leading regional workshops as part of the National Youth Jazz Collective, teaching young musicians as well as training teachers 2008-2017

Presenting and mentoring as part of the National Festival for Music for Youth .The Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, 2009

Tutor Chethams School of Music, Manchester International Piano Summer School 2010-2017

Sound Thinking Summer School Brisbane 2012-2013

The Dordogne Jazz Summer school, France (2015- 2016)


EXAMINING

1997 – 2000  External Examiner – Royal Scottish Academy

1998 – 1999   External Examiner – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

2006 – 2011 External Examiner (piano) – Trinity College of Music

2007             External Examiner – Exeter University

2008 -2011   External Examiner – Birmingham Conservatoire

2011             External Examiner – Royal Welsh college of Music

2013-2017       External Examiner   Leeds College of Music


EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Featured in “JAZZ WORKS” for Octet Ensemble ABRSM

Numerous pieces in the Jazz Syllabus for Piano and Horns at all grades ABRSM

Featured in “FINGERPRINTS” – 19 contemporary pieces for piano Faber Music

Featured in “FINGERPRINTS” – contemporary pieces for Alto sax and piano Faber Music

Featured in “FINGERPRINTS” – contemporary pieces for flute and piano Faber Music.

Featured in “FINGERPRINTS” – contemporary pieces for cello and piano Faber Music

Featured in “CONTEMPORARY PIANO DUETS – for four hands” Oxford University Press

“Grooves for two” Jazz Piano Duets Oxford University Press

Jazz on a winter’s Night Jazz arrangements of Christmas music for solo piano – Oxford University Press

Jazz on a Summer’s Day Jazz arrangements for solo piano (standards and originals ) Oxford University Press

Jazz in Springtime Jazz arrangements for solo piano (standards and originals ) Oxford University Press

Jazz in Autumn Jazz arrangements for solo piano (standards and originals ) Oxford University Press

Jazz on a Winter’s Night arrangements of Christmas music for violin and piano – Oxford University Press

Jazz in Autumn Jazz arrangements for violin and piano (standards and originals) – Oxford University Press

Featured in Piano Mix books 1,2 and 3 contemporary pieces ABRSM

Featured in the ABRSM classical exam syllabus for flute and piano (Originals and arrangements)

 

A New “More Jazz on a Winter’s Night “ for solo piano coming out in Autumn 2017