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Popular Music Teachers Near Indianapolis

Ben B.

Indianapolis, IN
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James H.

Sheridan, IN
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Jess M.

Fishers, IN
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Ben B. Indianapolis, IN

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

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.

Jess M. Fishers, IN

About Me

Dr. Jess M. is a dedicated and gifted teacher who has enthusiastically worked with a vast array of students- from young beginning singers to celebrity clients performing in music theatre, opera, and other varied areas of contemporary and classical commercial music. Maintaining a busy teaching studio in New York City and Indianapolis, his students have appeared in the Broadway and National companies of many shows including, Annie, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Oklahoma, On The Town, Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, White Christmas, and on major recording labels including Sony, RCA, Atlantic, and Time Life.

Dr. M. currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Indiana Wesleyan University and on the faculty of the Summer Opera Institute at the University of Central Florida. He has previously served as voice teacher and director of the undergraduate opera and music theatre workshop at The State University of New York, and on the voice faculty of the Rollins College Summer Music Academy in Florida, and Music Theatre Bavaria in Germany for musical theatre and classical singers. As a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented workshops on vocal technique and repertoire for universities and churches throughout the country. He holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, The Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Lauded by the New York Times for his "extraordinary blend of colorful voice and powerful stage presence," tenor Jess M. has appeared with The New York City Opera, The American Symphony Orchestra, The American Composers Symphony, The Utah Festival Opera, The Ohio Light Opera, The Cincinnati Opera, the highly prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival of Scotland and many more.

As an avid performer of the concert stage, Dr. Jess has been a featured soloist with the Verbier Music Festival of Switzerland, The Bard Music Festival, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, The Israel Philharmonic, The Voices of Ascension, and in churches and performance spaces across New York City, among them Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Riverside Church, Marble Collegiate, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Music Lessons in Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, Indiana has a thriving music culture. From Cole Porter to Babyface (Kenny Edmonds), the city of Indianapolis has bred a number of music legends and a steady stream of highly talented musicians who have helped put Indianapolis on the map. Downtown Indy boasts a solid music scene where local talent thrives with avid followers.

TakeLessons can arrange private music lessons with a great teacher for you or your child in the style of music, instrument and even teaching style you prefer, saving you time and trouble as you search for Indianapolis music lessons. Music is our passion, and it is a great privilege to help foster the music education for the next Indianapolis legend.

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