We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicolás Miranda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicolás, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business, Ocarina Owl, is meant to help and train others to develop a lifelong relationship with music through high quality music lessons and educational materials. When I started my business my goal was to help others learn the niche instrument called ocarina. Since then it has expanded to a big success on social media and lots of different performances, concerts, recording sessions and community events, which have helped Ocarina Owl become a music learning community.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My first instrument and introduction to music was cello. I finished a bachelor in music with a Texas State teaching certification in 2014 at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since then I’ve become a certified Kodaly music teacher and I’m working on my Orff & Suzuki certifications. In order to become the music educator & multi-instrumentalist performer I am today, I had to overcome two biggest challenges:

1. My financial background. I had to work to earn everything I had. I am originally from Tlalnepantla, MX. My family came to the US with the bare minimum. There was no money for me to go to University, so I had to earn funding and scholarships by myself while working to afford living expenses.

2. Once I finished school, was around the time I discovered the ocarina, which is now one of the biggest things that set me apart from other educators. I am one of less than 30 people in the United States who can be considered Ocarina Teachers. I will say I am probably the most widely known due to my YouTube channel. When I started my channel I faced the challenge that people did not take me seriously. I faced people in academia who refused to acknowledge ocarina as a real instrument. One of my teaching certifications refused to allow me to complete my levels on an ocarina, insisting that I needed to complete the levels on recorder, despite me telling them I never planned on teaching recorder.

As of today, I am standing at 10,000 YouTube subscribers from all over the world. I am the founder of a group called Global Ocarina Community, which hosts virtual and in person events and concerts centered around ocarina, and ocarina advocacy. The Mansfield Philharmonic will be doing a world premiere of one of my orchestral compositions (Omeyocan Suite) in October of 2022 which features Ocarinas scored for Symphony Orchestra for the first time in many decades. They are scored as serious musical instruments, not as a textured effect. I teach a successful studio of music students from all over the area, and enjoy posting videos online to help others learn ocarina. I’ve overcome people who told me I’d amount to nothing teaching and making a living playing ocarina, and cannot wait to continue innovating in this niche musical instrument.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the DFW area. I’ve lived here since I finished University in 2014. I love the nature, so if it is Spring or Fall I would take them to River Legacy Park in Arlington, Lake Ray Roberts and Cedar Hill State Park. We have some gorgeous woods and forests here in North Texas. Those are typically my top places to visit with a friend.

I am a vegetarian and love Indian food, so one of my favorite places in DFW for that is the temple in Dallas called Khalachandjis.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my success to my cello teacher Mrs. Erin Tovar who taught me cello during my formative years in high school. My family didn’t have a financially sound upbringing, but despite that she taught me cello. Without Mrs. Tovar I would never be where I am today. I have had many mentors and friends, but she was the person who helped start my career in music and inspired me to become a music educator.

Website: https://ocarinaowlmusic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ocarinaowl11/?hl=en&__coig_restricted=1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/284155633176204

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OcarinaOwl11

Other: OcarinaFest 2022 (Virtual Event in Celebration of Ocarina) – https://youtu.be/d24w-O97mVk Mansfield Philharmonic Concert Season 2022 – http://www.mansphil.org/ (will be updated soon) TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@ocarinaowl?lang=en

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