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Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing
Hi! My name is Janet, and I would like to be your new music lessons teacher! As a quick biography, I have 20+ years of experience teaching both piano and voice lessons. I have taught piano students from as young as 5 years old up to a wonderful lady who was a grandmother many times over, and voice students from 10 years old up to adults. I have taught students of all ability levels, from the most basic beginner to very advanced performers. I welcome you to come to my home studio. I have both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Indianapolis. I retired in 2009 from teaching in the Indianapolis area public schools after 32 years of teaching elementary vocal/general/choral music.
As a student taking lessons with me, I will always put your desires as a musician first, and consider them to be the most important factor in guiding the progress of your lessons. While I will make basic assignments for you to practice for your next lesson, I am always open to including music that you would like to learn. If there is a particular style of music that you would like to study, or even a particular piece of music that you want to learn, please feel free to mention that to me, and I will do my best to find that music to add to your lessons. If at any time you have questions, requests, or comments, please either mention them to me at the lessons, or contact me by phone, text, or email.
I look forward to meeting you, talking with you about your desires and aspirations as a musician, and to guiding you and helping you to reach your goals.
*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with you to find the most convenient time for your lessons. Lessons are given in my home studio. While there will be basic material you will need to learn proficiently, you will be free to select the style of music you wish to study. I always tailor the lessons to suit the student's desires and aspirations as a musician.
*** Studio Equipment ***
office/studio space for lessons; spinet piano; electronic equipment available to play cassettes, CDs, videos, and DVDs either from my own library or yours to assist and/or augment the lessons
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my piano students to own either a 3-4 octave keyboard, or a piano. They are also required to purchase any necessary materials (books, flashcards, etc.). I provide supplemental materials (teaching games, etc.).
*** Specialties ***
I use a variety of methods, mostly based on the goals of the students. For piano students, I prefer the Bastien Piano Basics method books. For voice student, I use a combination of methods developed by several different voice instructors.
Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Recording, Piano, Singing
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. áToured 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. áThe 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.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing
Rafael's love of performing is accompanied with a passion for teaching. He teaches voice privately in addition to teaching at the Butler University Community Arts School. He has taken and received A's in 3 vocal pedagogy courses throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies with professors Dr. Brian Horne who is the current NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Mary Anne Scott, and Dr. Michael Sells who was a former Dean of the Jordan School of Music at Butler University. Students of Rafael have won awards at ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competition and have also been awarded talent scholarships at the undergraduate collegiate level. He has also substituted as an instructor in one of the Indianapolis Children's Choir's outreach programs.
Brazilian bass-baritone Rafael performed his IU Opera Theater debut as Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro last fall. He is honored to perform the role of Su Cu in the world premiere of The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh. As a first-year master’s student,áRafaelástudies with Tim Noble and has previously studied with Thomas Studebaker, Franšois Loup, and Mark Gilgallon in addition to receiving guidance from Mary Anne Spangler Scott. He recently sang the role of Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Norton in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Martimonio, and Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in the Montefeltro Music Festival.áRafaeláhas sung secondary roles with Indianapolis Opera including the Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly and the Messenger in La Traviata in addition to singing chorus in over four productions with the company. Previously attending Butler University, Rafael has sung roles including Gianni Schicchi, Sir Joseph Porter, Prison Warden Frank, and Grandpa Moss with Butler Opera Theater.áRafaeláhas worked with artists such as conductors Emanuele Andrizzi, Joseph Rescigno, James Caraher, Arthur Fagen, David Effron, and Raymond Leppard; stage directors Candace Evans, Chris Alexander, Carroll Freeman, Vincent Liotta, Bill Fabris, and Joachim Schamberger; as well as coaches Ubaldo Fabbri, Donatella Dorsi, Kevin Murphy, Daniela Siena, and Mark Phelps. He has won a Jacobs Artistic Excellence Award, James Q. Mulholland Choral Scholar Award, La Musica Lirica Talent Award, and a Pi Kappa Lambda Performance Award. Upcoming engagements include performing the roles of Billy Jackrabbit and Jose Castro in Indianapolis Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West and the role of Betto in Gianni Schicchi with Carol Vaness’s Opera Workshop.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Books & Music
Dozens of Music resources of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music including IPA source, Nico Castel Opera Libretti, Naxos Online Music Library, and the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Library to name a few.
*** Specialties ***
Classical Voice, Choral Music, Audition Preparation, Competition Preparation, Musical Theater, Opera
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."