About Nicole


Nicole Ouwenga-Scott is an Advanced Simply Music Piano Teacher with 37 years of piano experience.   Starting her musical journey at the age of 7 and continuing her education through college, she unexpectedly discovered the Simply Music Piano Method in 2007.  After years of taking classical lessons and teaching traditional piano lessons, Nicole was impressed by the results that Simply Music students are able to achieve in a very short period of time.  She became a Licensed Simply Music Teacher in May of 2007 and opened the Rhythm ‘n You Piano Studio.  

Because of Simply Music, Nicole’s relationship to the piano and her own musicianship has expanded into areas she had never tried in her classical training:  Blues and Jazz, improvising and composing her own songs and arrangements.

Nicole’s passion is to give students an experience that redefines who they are and what they believe they’re capable of.  And to discover that we are all immensely and creatively musical!


I met Nicole almost 10 years ago when a neurologist recommended her for my husband, John. He was 86 years old and had suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a fall. The doctor believed piano playing would improve his brain functioning. That was the beginning of a beautiful relationship for all of us.

Nicole is an open, friendly person and John took to her immediately She was endlessly patient with him and always cheerful; they always had a good time, laughing and enjoying the lesson. They played so many hauntingly beautiful and sometimes joyful duets together. She brightened his last years so much.

After John’s passing I began taking lessons from Nicole and the experience is absolutely delightful. I do so appreciate her patience with my 83 year old brain. I have trouble retaining the information and she goes over it with me until I get it. Over the years she has always been on time, always cheerful, always very clear with her instruction. She is professional, and even more important to me, always friendly. I so much enjoy our relationship.

So, I know firsthand how good she is with seniors, but I have often seen her with her two charming and delightful little girls and I know that she is outstanding with the little ones as well.

I whole-heartedly recommend Nicole to anyone who would like to learn piano!
— E. Hanson