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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Indianapolis

Brenda I.

Carmel, IN
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Jon E. G.

Carmel, IN
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James H.

Sheridan, IN
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Brenda I. Carmel, IN

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing

About Me

As a choral and solo singer, instrumentalist, conductor, private instructor, worship music leader, parent/child class instructor, classroom music teacher, vocal coach for auditions and performances, instructor of adult learners, I have many experiences to draw from when I teach. My early childhood training has given me insight into how children learn music, which can be applied to all music students of all ages and stages. My years of singing in many different groups and many different styles, gives me the ability to guide students with practical instruction that works for each individual voice.

Growing up in a musical family, I sang in choir at church, took up guitar, recorder and later the flute. I sang church, folk and pop music, took dance lessons for many years and listen to loads of records. In college, I studied classical voice technique, instrumental technique, took piano and flute lessons. After college I took the Orff Schulwerk certification program and taught in public and private schools. I later trained in early childhood music with Music Together and have extensive knowledge of musical development in children.

I have been an active member of The American Choral Directors Association and am a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). I also have experiences in many kinds of singing and many music styles including: folk, classical, Renaissance, contemporary, Broadway, pop, jazz and foreign language. I have an excellent ear for diagnosing vocal issues and try to keep current on vocal techniques by attending workshops and master's classes. I love figuring out how you learn best (kinesthetic, aural, visual) and try to do it with a sense of humor, imagination and practicality. I ask lots of questions and use your feedback to find the best learning paths for you! I am open to learning any style of music you prefer and am really patience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons are generally 45 minutes long and begin with physical warm ups for the first few minutes. Then we do vocal exercises where the voice is stretched high and low. We work on tongue, jaw position, vowel shapes and modification, vowel unification, articulation, breath support, phrasing, word placement, dynamics, music theory as needed. This often includes sight singing using The Fundamentals of Sight Singing and Ear Training by Arnold Fish and Norman Lloyd, using the Vaccai Practical Method of Italian Singing exercises, musical and lyrical interpretation of repertoire, choosing new and contrasting styles of music to support techniques learned in the warm up.

We also analyze the music, lyrics and interpretation. Students use a recording device to record their lesson which promotes at home learning and proper practice. Students also hear their own voice and can hear when a correction is made or needed. This allows the students to become their own best instructor, which is my goal.

All levels of learning are included in my studio from beginner to adult. I also help students prepare for auditions for choirs or shows. We have a recital in the spring to share our music for our families and to see a finished product from other musicians. We often prepare a group number for the final musical selection on the program. I also prepare 2-3 pieces to sing at the recital as an example for my students and families.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, mirror, pencil & paper for note taking, seating for parent or guest. Additional seating in living room for parents not attending the lesson. Songbooks to use as reference and instruction. I can provide names of providers of songbooks available to purchase.

*** Specialties ***
Broadway, Classical, Folk, Jazz

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.

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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