Nichole Boaz is a pianist, music teacher, and composer located in the South Bay Area. She received both her B.M. and M.A. in Jazz Studies from San Jose State University. While attending SJSU, Nichole studied piano with Frank Sumares and Dahveed Behroozi.

In a pre-COVID world, Nichole taught private piano lessons at studios in Los Gatos and San Jose. Currently, she teaches lessons remotely over Zoom.

Nichole teaches jazz piano and group piano classes at West Valley College. Her past teaching experience includes work at San Jose State University, the Harker School, and at the San Jose Jazz Camp.

Nichole is a founding member of 7th Street Big Band. Their first album, Off Cinderella Lane, is available on Bandcamp


I teach students of all ages and abilities, from young beginners just starting out, to adults returning to piano after some time away. While I studied jazz in college, and many of my students come to me specifically to study jazz piano, I also have many students who prefer to focus on classical piano, or to incorporate popular music into their studies. My goal is to be flexible in my approach, and I strive to adapt my lesson plans and teaching style to fit the interests and needs of each of my students. 

If you're interested in signing up for lessons, please let me know!

San Jose State University

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, 2012

San Jose State University

Master of Arts in Jazz Studies, 2015