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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Indianapolis

Jamey F.

Indianapolis, IN
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Randal P.

Indianapolis, IN
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Robert C.

Indianapolis, IN
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Jamey F. Indianapolis, IN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I teach all styles and levels of guitar. I have taught for over 20 years including college courses, Montessori primary, and with special needs clients. Though I have a degree in Classic Guitar from CSU, Northridge, I consider myself primarily a songwriter and improviser. I released a finger-style record, 12 stone row, in 1999. I also played bass in The Language for 2 years in Indianapolis. In the last few years, I've been mastering pick-style and developing guitar learning systems.

*** Lesson Details ***
To me, that you want to play guitar is proof you can do it. Drive is central to your success, and it really is relatively simple with precise learning systems. I customize a curriculum for every student. I consider your musical interests, views, cultural and social factors when building a course of study.

The curriculum includes basics, chords, scales, arpeggios, music theory, songwriting, improvising, and more. In the first lesson, you will play melodies and strum chords. Within the first month, you will be able to strum and change chords [play songs]. Within a year, you will have solid rhythm guitar skills, be able to solo, play your favorite songs, understand music theory basics, and be able to jam with friends.

*** Specialties ***
I mostly use my own methods which are a blend of traditional and modern methods. I also specialize in fingerstyle and tap-touch guitar.

Randal P. Indianapolis, IN

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

I have taught Guitar for over 20 years. Played Guitar and Bass in my church's Praise Band for even longer. Well versed in Music Theory and have taught numerous songs. I have had one Top 10 and five Top 40 songs on

*** Lesson Details ***
With me, you will learn not only your favorite songs, but the Music Theory involved in it. This will help you memorize the song quicker and know how to write your own songs. In 3 to 6 months, you will know many songs, chords and scales.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Room: amp, music stand and chairs, computer, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
No equipment provided when traveling.

*** Specialties ***
Begining Students, Rock, Music Theory, Blues, Jazz , Songwriting, Improvisation, Progressive Rock

Robert C. Indianapolis, IN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Doctor of Musical Arts in Studio/Jazz Guitar
University of Southern California

Master of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Butler University

Performances in CA, NY, MO, IL, IN, MI, WI, OH, KY, TN, GA, NC, VA, PA

I teach beginners and advanced students, most styles.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson materials, students must have own instrument and amplifier if applicable.

*** Specialties ***
Popular Music, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, Experimental, Improvisation, World Music, Bossa Nova

Jon E. G.

Carmel, IN
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Jimmy V.

Indianapolis, IN
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James H.

Sheridan, IN
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Jon E. G. Carmel, IN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Recording, Piano, Singing

About Me

Being one of the few instructors and music coaches I have a professional resume and experience that only a few instructors in the world can say they possess. Toured or shared the national and international stage with...
John Mellencamp, Ted Nugent, Rare Earth, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Cheryl Crow just to name a few. The students I have instructed and coached and consulted with, many have gone on to teach themselves and/or become professional working musicians. I am the right instructor for you. I teach all levels and skill sets and ages... with your desire and positive attitude, I can help you achieve your musical dreams a reality.

Jimmy V. Indianapolis, IN

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele

About Me

Hi there! Im Jimmy V. I used to tour as the bassist for groups like GOVERNOR DAVIS AND THE BLUES AMBASSSADORS and THE KELLY RICHEY BAND. Now I front my own local band KING JAMES AND THE VERSES but when Im not playing music I like to teach it. You don't have to be the "best" player to be a "rock star", you just have to WANT TO and be on stage having fun doing it.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you how to bring yourself out through your instrument.

I write mainly in tablature form concentrating heavily on timing and feel.

Only lessons for Clifford Corners are set up here.
Lessons for R&R music in Avon must be set up directly through me or through the store.

*** Studio Equipment ***
the only thing you'll need to bring to a lesson is your instrument and whatever written materials we use. Everything else will be provided in my room

*** Specialties ***
I will teach you on how to communicate you inner feelings through the instrument of your choice.
As far as favorite music goes, when I am asked that I usually answer with, " Whoever is paying me.."
I am a fan and appreciative of ALL forms of music but I am very familiar with the Blues, Classic rock, Folk, and Funk.

My biggest influence (especially on bass) is Jaco Pastorius

James H. Sheridan, IN

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, 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, “The 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


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.


• Tuition is due in advance, paid monthly no later than by the first week of the month. If you will not be attending your lesson for any reason, payment is still due on time. Please pay in person, on-line, or by mail.

• Late payment fee is $10.00 per month after the 7th of each month. Returned check fee is $20.00 plus any bank charges incurred. If payment is not made within 14 days of due date, lessons will be suspended until payment is made.

Refund and Termination Policy

• 2 weeks’ notice is required for students terminating lessons for any reason. Following the termination notification the full amount of tuition you had paid will be refunded minus two weeks.

Missed lessons

Remember, a weekly lesson time for the year is a purchase of your teacher's time, prepared in advance to be free from interruptions and distractions, and reserved exclusively for students each week- that time slot remains committed to the student whether the student uses the time or not. No less than 24 hours’ notice is required for missed lessons. If the proper notice is given, a make-up lesson can be scheduled. Tuition will not be refunded for missed lessons. Mr. H. will assume financial responsibility if he becomes ill, is out of town, or cancels for any reason. In such case, credit will be given towards the following month’s tuition.

With no exceptions, a parent or guardian must be at home during the student's lesson. If a parent or guardian is not at home, it will be considered a missed lesson and the above policy will apply.

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


Students must understand and agree to abide by the policies and procedures of James H. Music Services.

Parents are responsible for the full tuition, with no deductions available for missed lessons. No bills will be sent; although you can receive email reminders.

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

Students of all ages welcome.
Homeschools welcome.

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