Mrs. Nicole L. Fainsan

Violin, Viola Teacher

Nicole Fainsan

SAA Member


Sterling, VA
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My physical therapy and music careers have been intertwining themselves all my life.  Sterling Music for All aims to fully realize the potential of this novel combination.

In Gaithersburg, MD, I grew up singing, listening to jazz and banging on my father’s drum set. I chose to play the violin in the 4th grade and later was a member of the Maryland All State Orchestra.  I considered studying music after high school but instead chose to study physical therapy.  As an avid runner and fitness lover, it was a good match.  I received my master of physical therapy degree in 2001 from Ithaca College where I remained deeply entrenched in music. I did research regarding vocalists’ knowledge of the use of the diaphragm in singing, sang in an a cappella group, held violin recitals and played in the Ithaca College and University of Rochester Symphony Orchestras.  I went on to specialize in pediatric physical therapy honing my skills in a school for children with disabilities, as a home care PT and most recently at a wonderful out patient facility called Good Beginnings in Herndon, VA.  During this time, I gave violin lessons to adult students and studied vocal jazz at the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival and with vocalist Nancy Morano. 

After some intense soul searching, I realized I would always regret not having studied music.  I received my bachelors in music education with a focus in instrumental strings from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2012. While at CU Boulder, I used my PT knowledge to aid my fellow musicians by teaching stretches and nerve glides and taping their back muscles during grueling opera rehearsals. I studied the Alexander Technique, often used by musicians, which teaches a way to get rid of harmful tension in the body.  I achieved a beginner to intermediate level of playing on all band and orchestra instruments, as well as piano.   With my primary instrument being the violin, I studied under the esteemed Professor Oswald Lehnert and Professor Lina Bahn and performed in the CU Symphony Orchestra.  As a vocalist, I sang with the CU jazz combo.  

Also while at CU, I taught violin to at risk youth in Denver and taught elementary, middle and high school orchestra. Finally, I also maintained a private violin, viola and beginning piano studio in Boulder, CO and more in Sterling, VA. 

I live with my husband and two sons. I’ve enjoyed a thriving studio in Virginia since 2014. Helping ALL aspiring students to reach their highest potential is my passion!