Dr. Nicole Ruggiero is a passionate teacher, trumpeter, and researcher. She is an active musician and private lessons instructor in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. As a performer, Nicole Ruggiero has appeared in notable performances playing a variety of music ranging from large orchestral works to chamber music, wind band, and opera. She provides masterclasses on performance health and continues to research on topics related to wellness for musicians. Her alma maters include the University of North Texas (DMA), New York University (MM), and the State University of New York at Potsdam (BM).