Nicholls Music Academy

The Program

Would you like to learn to sing or to play an instrument? If so, join the newly created Nicholls Music Academy, and receive high quality instruction from outstanding music majors and Nicholls State faculty.

This program is open to all levels of study. Students will receive 12 weekly lessons throughout the semester and will be able to participate in a final recital on the stage of Talbot Theater.

The Instructors

Nicholls State University Music Majors will participate as interns in the Academy. The students’ instruction and progress will be overseen by a member of the Nicholls Music Faculty. This will include selection of the student’s repertoire as well as diagnosing and finding solutions for individual student’s problems.

Instruction by members of the Nicholls State University Faculty is available in Piano and Violin:

Pianist Luciana Soares has received many awards in national competitions in her native Brazil and appears frequently as both soloist and collaborative pianist at concert halls throughout Brazil and the United States. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at Nicholls State University.

James Alexander is a former principal of the Southwest German and St. Gallen, Switzerland Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as soloist and given masterclasses throughout Europe, the US and in Brazil. For the past 10 years, he has been teaching violin at LSU as Artist in Residence and is now starting and leading the new string program at Nicholls.

Private Lessons

Strings: Violin, Viola

Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

Brass: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Percussion: Snare, Marimba



Each twelve-week session consists of one weekly lesson and the end of semester recital.

Intern-led 45-minute weekly lessons: $180 plus $65 administrative fee $245 total
Intern-led 1-hour weekly lessons: $240 plus $65 administrative fee $305 total
Faculty 1-hour weekly lessons: $420 plus $65 administrative fee $485 total

Each student must pay an additional $65 administrative fee (included in cost above).