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Acting, Piano, Singing, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
My background is diverse. I have a Bachelor of Music Education (Major voice, Minor piano & flute) and a double Master’s Degree in Music Ministry and Theology, emphasis in Voice/ Drama. I have both directed and been in plays, musicals and operas as well as directed and coached other musical performances. Through the church I have led and performed in classical and contemporary instrumental and choral music and take great pleasure in ringing and leading handbells. Having taught privately for 20 years, I look forward to helping you grow in a lifelong love of any area you want to develop.
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory
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 students from as young as 5 years old up to a wonderful lady who was a grandmother many times over. 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.
Drum, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, Bassoon, French Horn, Organ, Trombone, 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.
Piano, Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
Don grew up in Indianapolis, and began his musical interest in church as a 9 year old. "Most everyone sang the melody during the song service, and I wanted to be different. So I started picking out parts to sing by ear." His first formal music began in the fifth grade when he took up the trumpet. From there he became involved in band and choir in high school and went on to major in music at Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga. Later he earned a master's degree in music from Butler University, and studied voice and choral conducting at Pensacola Christian College for 2 summers.
He has traveled across most of the eastern United States as part of a college ensemble from 3 different colleges. He has performed in and directed numerous church musicals as well as performing in 2 college musicals.
Don has been a church music director, and has taught elementary, Jr. High and High School band and choir for 10 years. His own formal lessons have been in piano, trumpet, voice, and guitar, but Don studied all the band instruments in order to teach young band members to better play their instrument. He has also taught music on the college level for 15 years in courses such as voice, piano, trumpet, music history, music theory, etc.
Don is also a composer and arranger of numerous sacred choral pieces, and has written 4 Christmas cantatas, complete with drama.
Don and his wife have three sons, all of which followed his example and earned degrees in music, and are now active in performing or teaching music.
I graduated from Ball State University where I majored in piano with a B.S. in Music Education. I have accompanied choirs, soloists, and small ensembles most of my life. I have also played piano and organ for area churches.
Piano lessons are a time to learn how to play the piano (technique) as well as music history and theory. I use many piano methods but mainly use the Faber piano teaching method, "Piano Adventures" as well as the Hal Leonard method. I try to teach music in a way that it will be as much fun for the students as possible. I have monthly contests with prizes, too.
Learning to play piano shouldn't be a chore. It should be joyful, fulfilling and easy. It's learning a new language that can open other doors in our world.
Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn
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.
"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."