The Niagara Institute of Music & Arts opened its doors in 2002 when Founder & CEO Rick Rose and his wife decided to bring to their hometown a teaching facility that encompasses all the aspects of music training.
They set up their Music training centre in the Historic Educational Building in Niagara known as NFCVI (Niagara Falls Collegiate Vocational Institute) located on Epworth Circle.
Located on the 2nd floor with 4 classrooms and 12 students they started their journey of preparing the visionaries and dreamers and aspirations of your musicians.
Rick applied a unique theory that was inspired by his younger days of working at learning a musical instrument and becoming a professional musician for over 40 years. Rick confesses to being on the shy side as well and his guitar was a crutch to overcome his insecurities.
Rick knew at a young age it takes practice, self-motivation, courage, focus and the 3 most important parts known such as tenacity, perseverance and resilience to get positive results and yes you still need to have fun with it all.
Rick designed a Musical course and brought in Music Instructors that thought like him.
They rolled up their sleeves and went to work, they trained the students, got them ready for stage performance within one year of lessons even at limited levels cause he believed the importance of the social element of getting in front of a crowd, overcoming inhibitions, shyness, insecurities. The best way for this is to get up on stage with your teachers that are right beside every step of the way.
They can be introduced to the sound of applause, the sound of amplification and the personal joy of performing live in front of people.
For 20 years they have stuck to this plan.
We train them, we encourage them, we prep them for RCM Exams and we get them on stage.
NIOMA now has moved to downtown Niagara Falls to 4609 Crysler Avenue. They have expanded into a few more facets of the Music world, as the needs for new modern have to come into play with the ever rapidly growing society that we live in.
We offer instruction in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Violin, Ukulele, and Piano & Vocals Music Theory Specialty Courses are Radio Broadcasting, Recording Studio Sound Engineering and Songwriting.
Our Group Classes are Music Theory, Teen Rock Band Camp and Adult Rock Start Course.
FOUNDER RICK ROSE BIO
Rick has been awarded both the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame and Barbra Frum Awards for his musical contribution in his hometown of Niagara Falls and also is a Part Time Music Instructor at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario.
Ricks’ experience in the Music Business runs a wide array of knowledge that has been in Rick’s world with hands on experience in the fields of live performance, songwriting, Music Production Arrangements, Recording Studio sessions, Record Company Signings, Music Publishing and Artist Development.
Various original Compositions of Rick have been recorded by Artists that have garnished Grammy Nominations, Juno Nominations, Top charting Songs, Silver Screen Movie Theme Songs, and Radio Commercials and on may Recordings CD Releases.
Rick has had Recording and Songwriting Contracts with major labels such as Sony Music Nashville, Polygram Canada, Warner Tamerlane NYC, Warner Chappell Music Publishing Toronto, Elektra/Warner Bros Los Angeles.
Ricks’ Songs have been recorded by International Artists such as Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers Louis Vanaria (Actor in A Bronx Tale, A Wolf On Wall Street) Doc Walker (Universal Canada) Dave Gibson (Gibson Miller Band) Robert Plant Tribute Album, Perfect Affair (Polygram Can).
Rick has written songs with top songwriter/producers such as Desmond Child (Bonjovi, Kiss) Jim Steinman (Meatloaf, Celine Dion) Paul A. Rothschild (The Doors, Janis Joplin) Mick Ronson (David Bowie, John Mellencamp) Monty Powell (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw).
Rick has performed in Canada, USA, Japan, China, France, Belgium, England, Germany, Holland and has performed at prestigious venues such as the El Mocambo in Toronto, Blue Bird Café in Nashville, Beggars Opera in NYC and has shared the stage with Billy Ray Cyrus, Eddie Money, BTO, Rick Emmitt, The Band, Joe Perry of Aerosmith to name a few.
Rick has released of his own CD’s and is on 35 releases as a Songwriter, Producer, and Executive Producer & Musical Supervisor.
Rick and his wife has been invited by global notables such as Former USA President Bill Clinton to join them for dinner at the Governors Mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas while Rick was writing songs with Roger Clinton, Bill’s Brother.
Drummer Anton Fig of the David Letterman Show invited Rick to the Letterman Show after they completed writing a song at Anton’s Condo in New York so they can spend some time to work on their composition before the show started.
When Rick got signed to Sony Music Nashville Music publishing in Nashville he was invited to reside at Neil Diamond’s Nashville Temporary residence while he was in town to write songs for Sony.