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Elizabeth E.

Indianapolis, IN

About Elizabeth

Currently teaching in Indianapolis!

I'm a member of the Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association and also work frequently as a choral and instrumental accompanist. I studied piano privately for 15 years, including as a student at the Jacobs School of Music at IU and at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado.

I structure my lessons according to students' individual interests and strengths, while building a strong foundation in piano technique and music theory. With beginning and intermediate students I typically use the Piano Adventures series of books, which I supplement with
music in a variety of styles ranging from authentic classical repertoire to jazz. Whatever your experience or goals, we'€™ll work together to come up with a plan that works for you.

I'm a patient, encouraging teacher and we have fun during lessons. I also expect my students to practice daily at home so that they can make steady progress.

PLEASE NOTE: Students need to have a piano, whether acoustic or digital, to practice on at home. This is necessary in order for students to progress and to develop good piano technique. If you prefer to purchase an electric piano, look for one with touch-sensitive, weighted keys, which will mimic the feel of an acoustic piano. If you do not have a piano, I'm happy to offer advice on finding one!
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Myles P. February 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth did a great job making my son feel comfortable and introducing him to the basic concepts of the piano. Unfortunately, he was hesitant and not willing to participate in this lesson. My husband and I look forward to the next lesson and his willingness and enthusiasm to participate with Elizabeth.
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Brian Hart January 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Elizabeth is a great piano teacher. Very patient and encouraging.
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Laura D. December 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson! Elizabeth evaluated where I was at and listened to my ideas. She gave me some great things to practice to improve my technique. She is a very nice person and a great teacher!
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Elizabeth E.

Elizabeth E.

Indianapolis, IN 46220
(20)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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James H.

Sheridan, IN

About James

My name is James Hawes. I provide weekly in-home private music lessons in piano, brass, and classical guitar. I travel quite a bit and am available to students in the greater Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. I've been teaching for many years and I love what I do. I am very patient and easy going. I love working with kids and work hard to be a positive influence in my students' lives. I am very accountable for my students' progress and happiness with what they are learning.

Below is a brief bio.

I have been performing an
d 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 Brett 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 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.

These days, and for quite a few years now, I focus all of my time and energy on playing classical 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 the 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 along to my students.
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Sarah June 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Our son has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Hawes for 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is a wonderful teacher, and we have seen our son grow and learn and get excited about lessons! Mr. Hawes has patience in working with students, and I am always amazed at his knack for getting even squirrely little boys to sit still and get engaged in a lesson! Mr. Hawes is a wonderful teacher, who is passionate about his students and loves working with them, which is apparent in each lesson. We are truly blessed to have found such a wonderful teacher for our son, and would highly recommend him.
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Sarah June 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Our son has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Hawes for 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is a wonderful teacher, and we have seen our son grow and learn and get excited about lessons! Mr. Hawes has patience in working with students, and I am always amazed at his knack for getting even squirrely little boys to sit still and get engaged in a lesson! Mr. Hawes is a wonderful teacher, who is passionate about his students and loves working with them, which is apparent in each lesson. We are truly blessed to have found such a wonderful teacher for our son, and would highly recommend him.
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Jeni June 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Mr. Hawes has been teaching my daughters piano lessons for 2 plus years. He is knowledgeable, experienced, reliable, kind patient, trustworthy, and always easy tonwork with. We appreciate his dedication to helping our daughters learn to appreciate music more & more. A truly wonderful teacher we feel blessed to work with.
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James H.

James H.

Sheridan, IN 46069
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN

About Josh

I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contempora
ry keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional recording artist I frequently take trips to Nashville for co-writing, recording, and meeting with record labels. I have written with well-known writers like Mia Fieldes from Hillsong, Tony Wood from Provident Label Group, Stu G from Delirious?, and Jon Steingard from Hawk Nelson. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Jenny June 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Had fun at my first lesson.
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Kristy Y. June 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Had good experience at first lesson.
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Jenny June 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Not too impressed by the first lesson. Expect better in the future classes.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
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$32 / 30-min
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Vandi E.

Carmel, IN

About Vandi

Credentials:
Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg
CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications
MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015
BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011
(Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor)
Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007
Cosmetology Certification and License, May 2006

Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: opera, musical theater, straight theater, film, church music, and contemporary music.
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Minerva C. July 6, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
That is the wonderful experience with Vandi! My daughter learned to play her voice today and she has so much fun!
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Cassia June 20, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've already learned so much! Including proper breathing and some tips for college! I can't wait for the next lesson!
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Taylor S. May 5, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My daughter is very shy and does not have a lot of confidence in her singing. She's had three lessons with Vandi and is already coming out of her shell. Vandi is very updbeat, comforting and motivating which has been a perfect fit.
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Vandi E.

Vandi E.

Carmel, IN 46033
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Maddi B.

Indianapolis, IN

About Maddi

I grew up loving sports and playing non-stop. In high school I was a three-sport athlete. I played volleyball, basketball, and threw discus/shot in track.
I'm currently a Junior at Butler University, where I'm studying business. I have spent the last few years coaching withing the Zionsville community. I'm currently the 7th grade coach at Zionsville West Middle School and a club coach.
I have also playing the guitar for the past four years and have an extra guitar available if needed. The Ukulele is newer to the bunch, but I have picked it up quite well and its perfect for younger children
to learn to play.
Coaching youth sports and learning to play instruments has taught me quite a bit about patience. I'm a firm believer that anyone can learn to play a sport/instrument that they are passionate about. Aside from the physical benefits of sports, I strongly believe that athletics teaches you countless life skills.
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Angela May 26, 2016
Volleyball · In home
Maddi was my daughter's 7th grade volleyball coach at Zionsville West Middle School. I must admit, sometimes watching her at games was more entertaining than watching the rally. She is full of energy and excitement, always moving, talking, and reminding the girls what to do. My daughter had never played before and could not serve over the net at tryouts. By the end of the season, she was serving 85% from behind the service line! My daughter always had positive things to say about Maddi when she came home from practice. Maddi was very dedicated to developing my daughter's skillset, which helped her gain the confidence she needed to try out again next year.
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Maddi B.

Maddi B.

Indianapolis, IN 46208
(1)
starting at
$15 / 20-min

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