Consulting Session


Consulting Session

Consulting Sessions

If you're feeling a little bit stuck with your career as a musician, or just need some advice on what might be a few next steps, or just want an audit of what you've been up to from the outside; you might want to invest in a few sessions for us to chat!

These sessions can be one off, or bought in a package. We should always plan to first start with an on-boarding session, and then you can purchase ala carte sessions, or a consulting sessions package.

So what will we talk about?

  • Your online presence

  • personal goals

  • professional goals

  • ideas of how to execute your projects

  • goal setting

  • developing new projects that will help you to establish or move forward your career.

The Packages!

Single Session - A single session to chat (45 Mins) and for Nick to answer any specific questions you might have. (Additional single sessions can be purchased after this one for follow up)

Basic Package - Looking for some actionable steps to revamp your online presence? Or figure out the next steps? This package happens in three parts. A get to know you call (30 mins), I will assess your online strategies and send you a video or voice memo with some suggestions, and then we'll follow up with a second call to answer any questions.

Bronze Package - an initial get to know you session, where we'll set goals and make plans for you to get on track with your career path, as well as a quick online audit of your social channels and website. Includes one follow up session within 60 days to reassess, and make any additional tweaks/suggestions!

Silver Package - the above, plus defining your audiences, and creating a content strategy to activate all of those audiences. In depth content strategy for all of your online/offline project. Includes initial session, full web audit, plus 3 follow up/continuations to facilitate your growing brand.

Gold Package - all of the above plus developing pillar content strategies, and helping you to execute and distribute your work! The best package for those already in motion who need some help getting over the hump! Includes the getting to know you session, the full web audit, content and audience development, plus five 45 minute check in calls.

Platinum Package - (absolute best value!) All of the above plus MONTHLY checkins and unlimited text access. Feel free to text me anytime for advice, help making decisions, etc. This is a 12 month plan, the initial session plus one 45 minute call per month. 


New Diminished Course 1.0!


New Diminished Course 1.0!

Hi All!

Hope you’re having a great weekend! I’ve launched a new educational product today, and wanted to share!

A brand new Diminished Course! Want to get to know your diminished arpeggios, diminished scales, and how to use them? This course should get you up to speed!

Check out the Course through the Institute for Creative Music’s Studio




This week I published a new collection of warm up exercises, and shared them with a few people at the international trombone festival called GET READY - it’s about a 15/20 minute routine that hits on the main points that I think are important to hit on in a warmup routine. 1 - SOUND, 2 - Flexibility 3 - Articulation. (Yes, number on is obviously the most important, to me 🤣). Both the PDF and Hard Copy versions come with a download of a play-along for the exercises to help push you, and provide some entertainment during your warmup. (We’re still working on these and you’ll see them popping up around the Internet the rest of this summer 😊).

International Trombone Festival 2019!

Use Code ITF2019 at Check Out for 20% PDF Books! (At ITF 2019 only!!!)

Major Mode Scale Workout 1.0!

Major Mode Scale Workout 1.0!

Skype Session Signup

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Are you HUNGRY? Create Connect Repeat.

Are you HUNGRY? Create Connect Repeat.

How do I build a career in music? How do I achieve my goals in the music industry? How do I have overnight success? You have to have the HUNGER. The PASSION and the DRIVE to want to be great.

Building Brand in Jazz...

Building Brand in Jazz...

Today I'm sharing some clips from a talk I gave about building and creating a brand as a jazz musician. Sometimes it seems like a mystery how we do this, and that it somehow "cheapens" or music. But we're always making choices (or not making choices - which is still a choice!)

Shape of the Week! Learn and MASTER Jazz Chord Symbols One Shape at a time!

Shape of the Week! Learn and MASTER Jazz Chord Symbols One Shape at a time!

Hey all! Glad you could check out the latest shapes of the week, I’ll be posting them all here as a repository for all the different shapes :)!

Have a great time shedding these, and feel free to stay in touch with questions, happy practicing!





C Half Diminished 7


C Diminished 7

it is time to think of PRIORITIZATION! | Create Connect Repeat

Today I want to talk a little bit about how I think about prioritization. Not only projects, but personally. Like when you get overwhelmed and you're doing a million different things, and you have a million expectations on you. What can we do to try to mitigate some of that and how can we figure out how to make the best out of a situation where we're feeling this stress and sense of being overwhelmed?

Maybe you're not even to the point where you're overwhelmed yet, but you just have so many things going on and you're not sure where to put your attention. This happens to me pretty frequently…

Something that I've been trying to do recently (that I am borrowing from a lot of other people that have talked about this) is trying to think about which of all the things/ all the projects/all the places where your energy is being put - if you focus on one of them, will allow you to knock down the rest of them? And by "knock down the rest of them," I mean, which one will affect the rest in a positive way? Which one will allow you to take the next steps the fastest?

For example, if you are an instrumentalist and you're working on your own music… you're working on music for other people….and you're trying to organize a whole bunch of different projects… the thing is, if you don't take care of your business (meaning yourself!), if you don't take care of your instrument, you don't take care of the basics, the fundamentals, getting better all the time, it's not going to matter, because if you don't take care of what the number one thing is (YOU) you’re going to fall behind. Whatever your major is, whatever your most important thing is - if it's your company, your business, your band, your ensemble, your chamber group, if you don't take care of that one thing, the thing you care about the most, all the rest of the stuff is going to fall away.

I'm not saying to abandon everything else, but to prioritize the things that matter to you. To prioritize the things that are going to allow you to get all the things done, by focusing your energy.

If I take care of what I need to take care of in a day to feel good, to feel like I crossed everything off my list, or at least to feel good about the things that I did (practice, take care of business at home, etc), it sets me up to be able to work on all of the external things that pop up. Taking care of yourself and thinking about yourself first can be a challenge, because a lot of people I know think about all the external expectations and get caught in a constant cycle of not be able to take care of themselves, but it really is so important. If you don’t, it leads to not being able to get done things for other people, which makes you feel even more stressed, and still not take care of the things that they need to take care of for themselves! It proliferates this downward spiral, if you will. And we don't want anyone to get there! We want everyone to break the pattern, and start to focus on what they want out of their situation.

Whatever your situation is, whatever you're working on, think about prioritizing the tasks that get you the furthest (i.e.80% of the way there) the fastest. Whatever the things are you need to do for yourself that are going to allow you to take care of everything (and everyone) else.

For me, those things are right now, working out; making sure to practice my instrument (that being the trombone); and writing music every day. If I don't take care of the basics on those fronts, there's no chance for me to be energetic enough to get all of the other projects I'm doing, all of the nonprofit stuff, all the Outside in Music stuff, all the teaching stuff that I do. There's no way, if I don't take care of myself, for me to do all that.

So, I encourage you, in this very hectic time of year, to start to think about how you're going to take care of yourself, and how you can balance everything, by prioritizing your projects.

Thanks for being here. Have an amazing Holiday Season!

- Nick Finzer

Hear & Now He Sings Now He Sobs

Hear & Now He Sings Now He Sobs

The newest project from my band Hear & Now!

Steps | What Was

50 years ago this month (December 2018), one of the most iconic exploratory jazz piano trio albums hit the scene. Chick Corea's album "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" featuring his trio of Miroslov Vitous and Roy Haynes was released in December of 1968 and highlighted a plethora of interesting releases that were released in that year. Chick was just 26 years of age in this recording, and it truly is a remarkable work of art.

For me, this album is and was one of the most intriguing musical statements that seamlessly connects improvisation and composition together, blurring the lines between what is and is not, composed. It has followed me throughout my career, popping up in bits and pieces, from a fascination as an undergraduate, to playing "Matrix" on a Juilliard degree recital. During this latest encounter, earlier in 2018, I realized this year marked the albums fiftieth anniversary!  

Earlier this year, my band Hear & Now recorded brand new arrangements of the tunes from Herbie Hancock's "Speak Like a Child" album, a special project for YouTube. And when I learned both "Speak Like a Child" and "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs"  were released in the same year, it seemed fitting for me to delve deeper into this music and present new versions of Chick's tunes as well!

I'm very excited to share these new videos that feature:

Lucas Pino - Tenor Saxophone & Bass Clarinet

Alex Wintz - Guitar

Miki Yamanaka - Piano

Dave Baron - Bass

Jimmy Macbride - Drums

I hope these videos will serve has an inspiration for you to rediscover Chick Corea's original work, and to appreciate the fact that the sign of truly great composition is their longevity and ability to be reinterpreted again and again. 

Please enjoy,

Nick Finzer



2019 Update for Goal Setting Course!

Hi All!

The new updates are here for the 2019 Goal Setting Course (specifically, a new and updated workbook, the course CONTENT is the same)

If you want to, just grab the workbook here:

Until the end of 2018 use the code GOALS2019 to get 50% off!


Cyber Monday 2018!

University of North Texas Jazz Trombone Studio Merch Now Available!

Here’s some of what we have to offer…