Academy of Strings and More
Academy of Strings and More

Academy of Strings and More

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Introduction: I teach violin and viola from beginning up to an advanced level and cello and piano to an intermediate level. I love helping music students of all ages improve their skills and techniques, with patience and flexibility, so that they can produce beautiful music and feel proud and confident. I have a Music Education degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and I have Teacher Certification in PA and NJ. I have also had teacher training in the Suzuki method at Ithaca College and incorporate a lot of ideas from that training and use the Suzuki repertoire when it seems appropriate for the student's age, experience, and interest. I have decades of experience, so I know how to help students avoid or correct some of the bad habits that hinder good sound quality. I also encourage (but don't require) a parent or caregiver to observe the student's lesson, particularly when the student is younger than 10 years old. I teach at home in Washington Township (Gloucester County) about a mile from the intersection of Route 42 and Sicklerville Road (Exit 7). I teach generally on weekday afternoons and evenings. Weekend days may be occasionally used for a makeup lesson. I can travel to you, if necessary, but there will be an additional fee for doing so. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music and seeing and hearing the improvement in the student's playing skills as they progress, especially when the student shows enthusiasm for what they are learning.

Hired 5 times

Serves Blackwood, NJ

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10 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Great 4.8

5 reviews


Karin B.

Violin Lessons (for adults)

Pearl is an excellent teacher she is patient, polite, and she works with the student to accommodate the student's musical level. I am so glad that I have found a professional that affords me the opportunity to learn the violin and enjoy my instructors teaching.
Dec 7, 2017
Vilma R.

My son has been taking lessons in the Academy for approximately 3 years. The lessons are very productive and Mrs. Nickel teaches him many particular skills not offered in other places...he has learn so much! Her flexibily is also a plus, for busy parents like me!
Jul 31, 2017
Julie M.

At 57 I decided to take up the violin. I had no experience with any instrument and did not know how to read music. Pearl is very patient with me.Every time I’m with Pearl I learned something new. I have come to love and appreciate reading Music and playing violin due to Pearl’s style of teaching . I will be her student for as long as she will have me.
Jan 18, 2019
Elizabeth J.

Cello Lessons

Definitely has been a great experience
Sep 30, 2019
Angelee D.

Piano Lessons

Nov 10, 2017
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Pearl Nickel


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Lessons are paid for at the beginning of each month for the whole month. A month of half hour lessons is $120 OR a month of 45-minute lessons is $180 OR a month of hour-long lessons is $240. I am open to the possibility, mostly for adults, of two hour-long lessons per month at $120 for the month. Twice a year, if there are five lessons (30 or 45 minute length) in the month, the fifth lesson will be at no extra charge. Hour-long students may receive one free lesson per year. If you refer a student to me, you will receive a $20 discount to one lesson after the referred student pays for their fourth month of lessons.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to spend time at the first lesson getting to know the student, learn about their previous musical knowledge and experience, and find out what their goals are for their lessons. It is also a time to evaluate the student's instrument (violin and viola students) and assess their playing skills, if not a beginner. This "lesson" is at no charge to the student.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a music education degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Violin was my major instrument, but I have also played viola since 10th grade (that was a long time ago) and I now play viola in a string quartet. I also took as much piano instruction as possible while at WCU.

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