Nicole Chopp is an educator and percussionist with a promising future of teaching and performing. She recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with her second Bachelor of Music degree, this one with an emphasis in Music Education. In May of 2017, Nicole graduated with her first Bachelor of Music degree, with an emphasis in Percussion Performance.

At Northern Illinois University, Nicole performed in several different ensembles. She has performed in Percussion Ensemble and World Steel Band for 4 years, was timpanist of the Philharmonic Orchestra 1.5 years, and section leader of Wind Symphony for 1.5 yeas. In addition, she has performed in New Music Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and a student lead Bata ensemble. Nicole has represented the School of Music as a Northern Lights Ambassador for 2 years, has held leadership positions in Percussion Club including President and Treasurer, and graduated this past December Summa Cum Laude with Full University Honors.

Nicole has been teaching private lessons for 4 years, with student ages ranging from 9 to adult. Her student teaching experience included 8 weeks at the Chicago International Charter School West Belden location in Chicago, where she enjoyed teaching general music to students K-6, and a combined 7-8th grade World Drumming class. In addition, Nicole student taught at Gombert Elementary School in Aurora for 8 weeks, where she worked with students K-5 in general music, as well as a combined 4-5th grade choir.

Nicole is currently working a long-term substitute position at Liberty Elementary School in Orland Park. There, she teaches general music to grades 3-5, general music to 7-8th grade self-contained special education students, and after-school choir to grades 4 and 5.