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String Program Manager
North Central College, Bachelor’s Degree in Music & Philosophy
Nicole Hernandez is the String Program Manager at Merit School of Music.
Originally from Joliet, IL, she graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in music and philosophy. Her degree led her to a short teaching career as a homeschool teacher in a classroom of four Pre-K students.
Teaching these young kids about the importance of musical expression and self-exploration led her to Merit where she’s able to fuel musical expression and self-exploration in children on a daily basis.
Twenty One Pilots