Nick Costa is a Music Educator for the School District of Philadelphia, a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts, a percussion consultant for Villanova University, 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.
Nick studied at the University of the Arts where he received his Undergraduate in Music Performance, and Masters in Education. During his time at UArts Nick studied privately with Clinician/Educator Marc Dicciani, and Philadelphia Jazz great Jim Paxson Sr.
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 “Modern Band” curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia by creating relationships with Conn-Selmer, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Heads, The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), and Little Kids Rock to outsource all 220 schools with drum sets. Nick has also written and recorded lessons for Modern Drummer Magazine.
As a performer, Nick is actively performing around the Philadelphia region with various groups ranging from rock, to jazz trios and big bands, to being a first call musician for local theater groups and schools for their annual musicals. Nick was also a candidate for the Mamma Mia and Green Day’s American Idiot National Broadway Tours in 2014.
Along with performing and teaching, Nick also has been a drum tech for numerous drummers including Steve Smith, Dafnus Prieto, Brian Blade, Jason McGerr, Bobby Sanabria, Mike Clarke, Marcus Baylor, and Bernie Dresel, just to name a few.
Besides performing throughout the greater Philadelphia area, Nick is also teaching privately, has facilitated workshops teaching underprivileged kids music, and has been praised by numerous producers including Mike Watts (The Dear Hunger, Adelita’s Way, Story of the Year) Steve Haigler (Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Fuel’s Sunburn, The Pixies), Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Terrible Things), Fred Mascherino (Ex Taking Back Sunday), John Naclerio (Brand New, My Chemical Romance, The Audition) and Eric Plesha (Cobra Starship, Valencia) for his consistency and energy while recording.