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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.
Bassoon, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Music is my life, and is something that I want to share with others! Because of that, I try my best to give positive experiences to all of my students. I have a byline that says "Music is Much More than Just Learning Notes." I believe that! Anyone can learn notes, fingerings, etc. What I try to do is add that "soul" element that each person has and cultivate that into meaningful music!
So, with all that said, here's what I try to instill:
A lesson is a place to share! I listen to students as well as teach. We all have something we can learn from each other!
While I want lessons to be fun and informative, I strive for complete understanding, which means any student will gain the needed mechanics with complete knowledge of why things happen and what they do to and for music. From there, I attempt to teach the "soul" of music and how emotion and spirit play a huge part in memorable music.
I don't believe in brow-beating, but I also don't want to pass over things. I don't believe practice makes perfect, but I do believe practice increases awareness!
I really try hard to help students move beyond the notes on the page. We may listen to music and describe how it makes us feel, or paint pictures both physical and mental of what the music is showing us. That is where I see the soul stepping in.
As stated before, I started on a little Magnus Organ. My grandmother told me years later that I would listen to television jingles and then try to play them on the organ!
Once we settled in our permanant home, my parents brought home a piano and I began working first with Robert Warnick, a local music teacher in the schools. He taught scales and chords. Then, Midge Bishop took me through John Thompson Grade 3, but then had to move away. Finally, I studied under Victoria Hope, lasting 13 years until I went on to college. She taught me the fine art of piano by continually challenging me to approach each piece as an artwork. She had me use the music to paint the picture. Naturally, the element of the soul came through as I put color to music.
Throughout my elementary through high school days, I immersed myself in band, choir and drama. I played piano at church starting very young. I then began trombone in the band during 4th grade. Upon entering high school, I joined choir and participated in marching band, concert band, pep band and jazz band. During those years, I picked up the rest of the brass instruments as needed by my band director. In choir, I excelled both in voice and on piano through accompaniment. Later in high school, I joined up with the drama department where we ultimately had the opportunity to write our own musical. By the time I entered college, I had mastered all the brass instruments, piano and snare drum.
During college, I participated in the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, pep band, trombone choir, several pit orchestras, and the symphony orchestra. I also participated in the choir.
Since that time, I have mastered the woodwinds, organ, drum set guitar and bass guitar and a little violin. I have over 25 years experience teaching lessons. They occurred off and on throughout my younger days.
Private lessons on all instruments and voices, Music Theory, Music History, Art History, Architectural History, Acting, set building, lighting and sound.
Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Voice, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion
1984-89 Bachelor of Science in K-12 Music Education
(Choral, Instrumental and General)
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
1991-95 Master of Divinity in Theology and Ministry
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana
5 through 114 (I haven't seen anyone older, have you?) I believe it is a good idea that a child can read the written word. Reading music occurs in similar ways.
*** Lesson Details ***
I ask lots of questions so I can get to know you better. This is also an opportunity for you ask questions of me. At the beginning, I encourage parents to attend so they can see what these lessons entail. I give you assignments to work with and then you play them for me to receive praise and constructive suggestions. I also try to challenge my students to move beyond the normal curriculum to play other things that interest them.
Depending on the instrument and the experience you have helps me determine what curriculum I want to use. Again, I cater my lessons to the needs you have and by how you like to learn!
After 3 to 6 mos, I hope you have a good working knowledge of how music works and are now moving into intermediate level work. However, each student is different and work a different speeds. My main goal is for you to feel successful whenever you leave my studio!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, electronic Keyboard, Drum Set, Snare Drum
Linda started playing solos at the age of 11 and has accompanied many diversified singing ensembles throughout her career. She has taught general music at a public elementary school, played for church services, weddings and provided background dinner music.
Linda is knowledgeable about how students develop and allows students time and space to develop all facets of who they are. She is an expert at understanding many kinds of students.
Linda is committed to being the best teacher she can be and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. She wants to see her student excel and teaches other skills such as sight reading and ensemble playing as well as performing solos.
MUSICAL STYLES: Ballad, Baroque, Classical, Children‚¬Ä¬ôs music, Christmas music, Christian music, Gospel, Pop music, Praise music, Show music and Traditional Pop music.
TECHNOLOGY: Southport Piano Studio has 2 electronic keyboards and students get to use the Harmonic Vision software with Maestro Max for free! Apple and Android apps are used in the lessons.
METHODS TAUGHT: Faber and Faber, Alfred, Bastien and Thompson
Classical Guitar, French Horn, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Trumpet
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¬ôs degree in Music Performance in French Horn and a Master¬ôs 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, ¬úThe Franklin Quartet¬Ě. After 6 years of teaching at Brebeuf, I owned a tutoring service, Head of the Class Educational Services, where I traveled to students'¬ô 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¬ôs 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.
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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¬ôs 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'¬ôs 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
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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, Ĺ-inch, 3 ring binder with pockets for extra copies of music and sheet activities is required.
There will be no lessons held on the following dates:
- Labor day
- Thanksgiving Break
- Christmas Break
- Spring break
- Memorial Day
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.
I have been playing piano since I was 5, giving lessons since I was 16. I teach beginner to advanced piano, and beginner organ.
Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Composition, Ear Training, Language, Logic Pro Software, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Writing
Holding a PHD in music composition/theory and music history I have a vast knowledge in the subject. My education enables me to teach anything from the most basic concepts in theory to the most advanced, which one would encounter in graduate studies. I have five years of experience of teaching theory and composition at the university level and have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Whether you would like to master your theory and history classes, prepare for entrance exams, or simply learn how to compose, notate, orchestrate or arrange music - I will competently advise and tutor you.
Besides my musical education, I am a native speaker of German and have taken several German classes during my university studies in the United States, which not only makes me a highly competent German tutor, but also gave me an insight of what is demanded from American students, when trying to learn the German language.
"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."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"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."