Ian Nicholas


Ian Nicholas

Cornet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

Classical, popular, jazz

NZ Dip Bus, AT


Ian has played brass instruments for over 45 years. Brass bands, orchestras, swing bands and small jazz combos are all familiar territory, but mainly on trombone, EEb bass (tuba) and other valve operated brass instruments.

Ian conducted the Motueka District Brass from 2005-09 and has continued to do relief conducting as required.
Currently he is a member of the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band and 6-piece jazz band Bourbon Street Beat.

Skills and expertise

Ian believes that music should be enjoyable and relaxing, an escape from the pressures of everyday life. Accordingly, he tries to tailor the music style and tune choices to the student so they enjoy the process and feel good about the progress they make.

Most students learn to read music at the same time as learning to play, so Ian sources simple tunes. Once they have learnt to play 4 or 5 notes they can start playing recognisable melodies.

He places equal emphasis on accurately playing a musical arrangement alongside personal interpretation of a piece.

Most brass instrument parts are written in treble clef, however trombone is usually in bass clef. Ian is happy to teach in either clef (for trombone players it can be useful to know both).