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Popular Music Teachers Near Atlanta

Alex J.

Indianapolis, IN
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Ben B.

Indianapolis, IN
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James H.

Sheridan, IN
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Alex J. Indianapolis, IN

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Alex was born May 31, 1987. Since both of his parents were band directors, he grew up in a very musically inclined family. When he was 15 years old, during his freshman year of high school, he started studying percussion. A year later he began studying under Chad Kohler and continued to do so until 2009. During spring semester of 2009 he studied briefly under Richard Walker at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In the fall of that year he then transferred to Butler University for an academic year and studied under Craig Hetrick and Jon Crabiel.

Beginning in 2011 Alex began studying attending University of Indianapolis and is currently studying under Paul Berns as well as Art Reiner. In addition to studying with them he has also went back to continue to study with his mentor Chad Kohler. In the time since Alex graduated high school, he has been continuously presented with teaching opportunities. At the time, though, music was not looking like the best course of action for him. With the aid of Chad Kohler, Alex then began getting more involved with teaching percussion. Alex eventually went on to arranging his own parts for his students, as well as composing original percussion ensemble pieces. In the time since he has been out of high school, he has taught at a number of schools including the Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, North Putnam Jr./Sr. High School, Broad Ripple Magnet School for the Arts & Humanities, and Lawrence Central. He is currently the percussion director at Arlington High School.

When it comes to teaching music, what is known to be as the “Holy Trinity” comes to mind. While teaching I personally believe that it is important to challenge students just enough so that they are not discouraged and are still able to have fun.

The Holy Trinity plays a big role in this. What it consists of is embracing your students from all angles. This would be from ensembles and private lessons, which in turn then encourage them to practice. Ensemble, private lessons, and practicing are the three main categories that make up the “Holy Trinity.” And in using this, you can also be more involved with your students as well. It is always a good idea be friend your students as well and not just be the “teacher.” There is a great quote that goes like this, “They will never care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.” In which case has been proven to be very true time and time again.

It is important as a teacher to be able to inspire your students and to encourage them. Which is why I think it is important to be a good friend as well to your students. This way a kind of trust is formed and in turn can easily lead to the success of a music program. Also I do believe that it is important to expose students to as many forms of music as possible. This way they are not just stuck in one kind of mind set and if they choose to go into music for their career, then they have many different experiences they can pull and relate from. Plus they will also have some more knowledge of different cultures and music genres that can help not only create better music but also be more overall worldly in their personal life out side of music. Being able to learn about music is very important, and can easily impact a student’s life in many different ways that most subjects just do not have the capability to. This is what I believe about learning music and why I also love to teach it. I want my students to be able to have all the same great experiences I have had and more. Which is why I personally believe so heavily in a good music education.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although the approach to teaching that I use comes across as being pretty laid back, I do expect what some might consider to be a lot out of my students. This is because I want to make sure that my students will be successful as musicians.

While a student is studying with me; they will learn about percussion from multiple angles. They will learn and be able to understand many basic music theory terms and principles. They will also learn how each percussion instrument is tied to one another in technique and how to easily transition from instrument to instrument.

Depending on the age of the student, after about three months of studying with me, the student will know a few major scales, most of the standard American rudiments, and some basic drum set concepts. After 6 months, the student will know all 12 major scales, be familiar with all 40 snare drum rudiments, and know a good portion of basic drum set.

Please keep in mind that results may vary depending on the age of the student and the amount of practicing they do on their own. Results also depend upon whether or not they are practicing correctly, which is something they will also learn how to do with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-studio lessons in basement with acoustic drum set. Street parking or drive way. Seating available for parents.

Lessons at the High School will be in the band room with their equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I mostly specialize in marching percussion as well as 2 and 4 mallet percussion.

Ben B. Indianapolis, IN

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

I am a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While at IWU, I served as the principal saxophonist of the Wind Ensemble, the leader of the Saxophone Quartet, and the principal alto saxophonist of the Jazz Ensemble. I have also performed with the Indiana Music Education Association's Intercollegiate Honor Band as the principal 2nd alto saxophonist, and have performed the back up band with the Indiana All-State Honor Choir. I have performed pieces by: Jascha Gurewick, Henri Eccles, Eugene Bozza, Robert Muczynski, Bernhard Heiden, Paul Creston, Jacques Ibert, Mozart, and David Maslanka. I currently perform at various churches and with the Indianapolis Symphonic Band as the band's baritone saxophonist.

I currently teach music at Horizon Christian School. At Horizon, I teach music to students in PreK-5th grade, direct the school choir, beginning band, middle school band, and high school band. I also have taught private lessons with saxophone and clarinet students. My students have received gold metals at the Indiana Music Education Association's Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Lessons will focus on improving tone production, technique, artist, musicianship, and confidence! Whether you wish to move up in your instrument section, improve at your instrument, have fun performing music, or all three. Private lessons are for you!

James H. Sheridan, IN

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, French Horn, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Trumpet

About Me

I have been performing and teaching music for over 25 years. After having piano lessons as a young child, I began studying both French Horn and Classical Guitar at the age of 12. At that time I had two great mentors, John Miller of the Indianapolis Symphony and Joylyn Hague at University of Indianapolis. I hold a Bachelor™s degree in Music Performance in French Horn and a Master™s degree in Music Education from the Indiana University School of Music. At Indiana University I studied with celebrated horn players Philip Farkas and Michael Hatfield and received certification in K-12 instrumental music as well as Kodaly Method certification while continuing to study classical guitar with Joylyn Hague at University of Indianapolis and Brent Terrell at Butler University.

My first teaching job after college was with a company called Music on the Move, where I traveled once a week to 12 different private (mostly Catholic and Christian) k-8 schools and I taught individual and small group lessons in brass, winds, strings, piano, and guitar, as well as general music. From there I went on to teach band and orchestra for several years at Brebeuf Preparatory School in Indianapolis. At this time I was also performing frequently with a classical guitar quartet, œThe Franklin Quartet. After 6 years of teaching at Brebeuf, I owned a tutoring service, Head of the Class Educational Services, where I traveled to students'™ homes for academic tutoring and help with home school instruction. With Head of the Class I gained a lot of valuable experience helping students with learning disabilities and worked particularly with many students struggling with Asperger™s Syndrome. During this time I worked with many home schools and gained much appreciation for the achievements and challenges that home schools face.

I took a few years off from music and teaching and worked in some different sales positions. I wasn't happy in that role, missing the music and missing the students. I have now returned to teaching music and currently focus my energy on playing guitar and teaching private music lessons.

Over the years of working with students of all ages and various backgrounds, my greatest strength has been building excellent relationships with my students. Experience has taught me that is first and foremost important requirement for students' success. I have been fortunate to study with several great teachers and perform with many great musicians. It is my greatest joy in life to be able to pass that down to my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I hold the highest standards of accountability for my students' learning. My goal is to provide each student with individualized instruction on the techniques of their instrument beyond what may be provided through school, in order to enhance the student™s enjoyment of participation in school and community music that will, hopefully, remain with them well into adulthood. Even more than technique on their instrument, I strive to help each student find the ability to express themselves through music, to share what makes each one of them special through the vehicle of music, and to encourage their own uniqueness to come through in not only music, but in any endeavor they may pursue.

In order to assist you in your decision to study music privately, I would like to present you with some educational guidelines that I will follow in order to maximize your growth student'™s growth as a musician:

- Help you achieve a lifelong appreciation of music and the arts

- Bring about an understanding of how to learn music effectively

- Introduce guidelines for developing strong self-motivation

- Make learning fun

- Cater towards individual learning styles

- Encourage students to attend concerts and support their peers

- Enhance listening skills by increasing musical diversity and exposure to various musical styles

- Develop general musicianship

- Effectively prepare interested students for a career in music

- Promote performing opportunities to improve the learning experience

Responsibilities:

Parental Responsibilities:

Have the student available for their lessons on time
Pay tuition in regular and timely payments. Checks should be made payable to Sheridan Music.
Provide necessary materials, support, and an encouraging practice space.

Student Responsibilities:

- Sufficiently prepare for each lesson through the appropriate amount of practice (4-6 days per week):

- 30-minute students = 20-30 minutes each day of practice

- 45-minute students = 30-45 minutes each day of practice

- 60-minute students = 45-60 minutes each day of practice

- Cancel lessons with advanced notice. Standing Make up lessons are available every week with reservations required to participate. A lesson may be rescheduled only when 24-hour advanced notice is provided if your instructor has space available. Tuition is not reimbursed for missing a lesson.

- Have all materials at each lesson

- Treat your instrument and your peers with care and respect

Teacher Responsibilities:

- Utilize the best materials and teaching methods to encompass all areas of your instrument.

- Expose the student to the various components of musicianship

- Promote participation in contests, festivals, performances and summer study

- Prepare the student for auditions and competitions

- Publicize concerts and recitals related to your instrument

- Maintain a positive attitude

- Develop curriculum

Lesson Policies and Procedures

In-Home Lessons

I provide lessons in the student's home for several reasons, primarily to provide both the student and the parents with a convenient and enjoyable experience. Students are comfortable having their lesson in the same place that they do their regular practice. I as a teacher can gain valuable insight into students' practice habits. You save time not having to drive back and forth to your teacher's studio. This means parents have more time for the things they need to do and students have more time to do what they need to do, like homework, etc.

Free Consultation

If you are interested in lessons, my first step is usually to meet with the parents and student in your home. There is no fee for this consultation. At this time I can go over all the details with you and you will have an opportunity to meet me and ask any questions you may have.

Books and materials

- All students need to purchase the required books and materials for lessons. You will have an option of buying from Mr. H. directly, or purchase by yourself at the local music store or on-line.

- Hard-cover, -inch, 3 ring binder with pockets for extra copies of music and sheet activities is required.

Lesson Calendar

There will be no lessons held on the following dates:

- Labor day

- Thanksgiving Break

- Christmas Break

- Spring break

- Memorial Day

Student'™s piano

Students must have a piano in good condition or a digital piano at home, which has 88 fully weighted keys, full sized pedals, a music stand, light and a bench of the correct height prior to the piano lessons.

A digital keyboard will suffice for the first year or two of piano study, but eventually an acoustic piano is strongly recommended.

Dismissal of Students by the teacher

Mr. H. reserves the right to terminate lessons with a student for any or all of the following reasons:

- Uncooperative or repeatedly disrespectful, disruptive, or abusive behavior during lessons

- Repeated failure to prepare assigned material

- Lack of progress due to insufficient effort to practice minimally on a regular basis

- Excessive absences or missing lessons without prior notification

- Parents failing to meet payment obligations

*** Specialties ***
Private In-Home music lessons offered in piano, classical guitar, french horn, and trumpet.

Students of all ages welcome.
Homeschools welcome.

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