Nick Costa is a Music Educator for the School District of Philadelphia, a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts, and a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) candidate. He is also an independent drummer, clinician, and drum technician with both national and international touring experience. As an educator, Nick has focused on providing ways to integrate drum set studies into k-12 music curriculum to bridge the gap between general and instrumental music studies. He has also played a pivotal role in integrating œModern Band curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia by creating relationships with Conn-Selmer, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Heads, The Recording Academy (Grammys), and Little Kids Rock to outsource all 220 schools with drum sets. Nick has also written and recorded lessons for Modern Drummer Magazine.
University of the Arts | School District of Philadelphia
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceAuditioning for National Broadway Tours. I was fresh out of college, and went out on a limb. Seeing the MD nodding along to a group that you never played with before is an eye opener, and confirmed I could be a professional drummer
What Drives Your Creativity?My students - they're my #1. They're the reason I'm in the classroom, and the reason why I push myself to continue to get better. I enjoy learning from them as much as I do teaching them, which helps me keep an open mind!
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I know when I see that VF logo I know I have tools that are durable, consistent, and of the highest quality. There's no 2nd guessing if it will work, because it will!