Mrs. Nicole Ballinger

Violin, Viola Teacher

Nicole Ballinger

SAA Member


Vero Beach, FL
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Nicole has been performing strings for the past 25+ years and started her musical journey learning the violin with Suzuki and traditional methods at six years old.  She studied under the direction of Ed Edwards, Cindy Nordstrum and other teachers in Rhode Island.  After her move to Florida she returned to music performance alongside her husband Richard.  She has performed with several chamber groups and community orchestras among them the Indian River Pops and the Treasure Coast Symphony and now currently the Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra.  She has also co-founded and is the event coordinator for the ensembles Ocean Strings- a quartet and duo ensemble that has performed for many special events on the Treasure Coast for the past 15+ years.  She enjoys teaching multi-genre strings to beginning-intermediate students at their Vero Beach studio.  She’s a current member of ASTA ( American String Teacher’s Association) and SAA ( Suzuki Association of the America’s).  

In addition she has passionate interests in community volunteering both with the public school orchestra program and in the Haitian/ French community.

​In 2016, Nicole became licensed in early childhood education to begin integrating the highly successful international music and movement Kindermusik program as part of her new studio classes for infants to age five and their caretakers.

In 2020-21, Nicole completed her mentorship practicum with the cutting edge pre twinkle curriculum: Kaleidoscopes, which engages young children in Solfege, piano literacy and Montessori guided education in violin/viola pedagogy.