Daniel Nix is more than a bass teacher. He is a mentor, friend, and champion for his students. I started lessons with him as an unconfident musician and average bass player, yet after taking lessons with him throughout high school, I am now confident about my skills, achieved more than I could’ve imagined, and I have even decided to pursue a music major at SMU. Where I am now as a musician can be directly linked to the time and effort he put into me as a person and musician, which is a testimony to the dedication he has to his students.
Not only that, but Daniel also takes the time to understand his students’ goals and does his best to make sure those goals are attained while the student is also pushed to reach above and beyond their potential. Early in my lessons, I let him know that I wanted to do pre-med in college while also somehow continuing my music, whether it was with a local orchestra or within the college. Not once did he let my goal deter him from pushing me to be a top musician in North Texas even though, at the time, I was not seriously considering continuing music after high school. Now, thanks to his persistence for pushing me as a musician, my musical achievements as a three-year All Stater, five-year GDYO musician, and more have actually made me eligible for a large amount of scholarships, and I will be majoring in Music Therapy with a pre-med track thanks to the advice and musical focus he shared with me.
Even though I’m a little sad at our lessons ending as I transition to college, I’m very thankful for the wonderful experience and growth I’ve had with him as my teacher. I have full confidence that his students will excel, which has been proved repeatedly. Anyone who takes with him will see that his patience and determination for his students’ success is second to none and will definitely achieve more than imagined.