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Todd L.

Cicero, IN

Help is offered on beginning music theory as taught in public and private schools. Homework help.

About Todd

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 lesso
ns 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.

My Education

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 permanent 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.

My Experience

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.

Subjects Taught

Private lessons on all instruments and voices, Music Theory, Music History, Art History, Architectural History, Acting, set building, lighting and sound.

Specialties

Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Voice, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion

Formal Education

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

Ages Taught

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.

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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
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Aaron C. December 15, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
great teacher! Easy to work with!
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Pat October 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Knowledgeable, easy to work with fun!
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Philip October 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
As the director of a local, private, Christian school I can attest to the courteous and friendly demeanor that Todd brings to his lessons. He has a wide range of music skills which allows him to teach well-rounded musicianship. But, it is his passion for music that is the most attractive feature of Todd's abilities.
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Todd L.

Todd L.

Cicero, IN 46034
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Alex J.

Indianapolis, IN

Students who study with me are taught how to read music. Although I do teach some by ear, I mostly enforce the reading of rhythms and notes on a page. I do this so that they all of my students can be as prepared as possible if they choose music an area of music as a career.

Those who study mallet percussion with me get a chance to go more in depth with music theory as I incorporate in in each lesson as the student learns either an exercise or a solo piece.

About Alex

Alex was born May 31, 1987. Since both of his parents were band directors, he grew up in a very musically inclined family. When he was 15 years old, during his freshman year of high school, he started studying percussion. A year later he began studying under Chad Kohler and continued to do so until 2009. During spring semester of 2009 he studied briefly under Richard Walker at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In the fall of that year he then transferred to Butler University for an academic year and studied under Craig Hetrick and Jon Crabiel.

Beginning in 2011 Alex
began studying attending University of Indianapolis and is currently studying under Paul Berns as well as Art Reiner. In addition to studying with them he has also went back to continue to study with his mentor Chad Kohler. In the time since Alex graduated high school, he has been continuously presented with teaching opportunities. At the time, though, music was not looking like the best course of action for him. With the aid of Chad Kohler, Alex then began getting more involved with teaching percussion. Alex eventually went on to arranging his own parts for his students, as well as composing original percussion ensemble pieces. In the time since he has been out of high school, he has taught at a number of schools including the Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, North Putnam Jr./Sr. High School, Broad Ripple Magnet School for the Arts & Humanities, and Lawrence Central. He is currently the percussion director at Arlington High School.

When it comes to teaching music, what is known to be as the “Holy Trinity” comes to mind. While teaching I personally believe that it is important to challenge students just enough so that they are not discouraged and are still able to have fun.

The Holy Trinity plays a big role in this. What it consists of is embracing your students from all angles. This would be from ensembles and private lessons, which in turn then encourage them to practice. Ensemble, private lessons, and practicing are the three main categories that make up the “Holy Trinity.” And in using this, you can also be more involved with your students as well. It is always a good idea be friend your students as well and not just be the “teacher.” There is a great quote that goes like this, “They will never care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.” In which case has been proven to be very true time and time again.

It is important as a teacher to be able to inspire your students and to encourage them. Which is why I think it is important to be a good friend as well to your students. This way a kind of trust is formed and in turn can easily lead to the success of a music program. Also I do believe that it is important to expose students to as many forms of music as possible. This way they are not just stuck in one kind of mind set and if they choose to go into music for their career, then they have many different experiences they can pull and relate from. Plus they will also have some more knowledge of different cultures and music genres that can help not only create better music but also be more overall worldly in their personal life out side of music. Being able to learn about music is very important, and can easily impact a student’s life in many different ways that most subjects just do not have the capability to. This is what I believe about learning music and why I also love to teach it. I want my students to be able to have all the same great experiences I have had and more. Which is why I personally believe so heavily in a good music education.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although the approach to teaching that I use comes across as being pretty laid back, I do expect what some might consider to be a lot out of my students. This is because I want to make sure that my students will be successful as musicians.

While a student is studying with me; they will learn about percussion from multiple angles. They will learn and be able to understand many basic music theory terms and principles. They will also learn how each percussion instrument is tied to one another in technique and how to easily transition from instrument to instrument.

Depending on the age of the student, after about three months of studying with me, the student will know a few major scales, most of the standard American rudiments, and some basic drum set concepts. After 6 months, the student will know all 12 major scales, be familiar with all 40 snare drum rudiments, and know a good portion of basic drum set.

Please keep in mind that results may vary depending on the age of the student and the amount of practicing they do on their own. Results also depend upon whether or not they are practicing correctly, which is something they will also learn how to do with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-studio lessons in basement with acoustic drum set. Street parking or drive way. Seating available for parents.

Lessons at the High School will be in the band room with their equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I mostly specialize in marching percussion as well as 2 and 4 mallet percussion.
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Reviews

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Cindy G. February 12, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great with children

Alex is great with my 7 year-old son! David has already shown improvement in concentration at school, thanks to Alex!
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MacKenzie M. May 14, 2013
Percussion
Outstanding!

Always challenging and keeps me informed about stuff that I need to know. Always relates things to other areas of percussion. Is really funny and nice. Always keeps me interested in what is going on during the lesson.
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Alex J.

Alex J.

Indianapolis, IN 46236
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$20 / 30-min
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN

I studied music theory in college. I tutored many students while taking classes myself. I teach my students not only to solve theory problems but to understand the greater concepts of music theory.

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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Annie January 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Josh is enthusiastic, knowledgable, and fun. He helped Annie be at ease right away. We are looking forward to more lessons.
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Anna B. January 19, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Anna loved it! She can't wait for her next class!
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Jerry Lee November 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was my first lesson with Josh. Josh was very accommodating, knowledgeable and very approachable. Very pleasant experience and I am looking forward to getting more lessons from him.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
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$30 / 30-min
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Dana S.

Fishers, IN

Learn the basics of music theory. The basis behind music. We'll start from the beginning or jump in at your current level. I can provide tutoring for music theory as well as a thorough introduction.

About Dana

Dana S. has been teaching private lessons since 2006. Dana is patient, compassionate and enthusiastic. She will work to develop your skills and inspire a passion for music. Dana has helped students audition for professional theatre, develop a love of music, learn to read music, increase their range, and develop a positive and confident self-image. Her day job is as the executive director of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

Dana S. holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from DePauw University and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis. She wa
s the administrator director of Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis and is currently the Executive Director of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. She has proctored auditions in New York City and adjudicated for ISSMA.

As a performer, Dana has performed a wide spectrum of productions from professional opera, ballet, and concert performances to community theatre.

Dana structures lessons into three components: vocal exercises and warm-ups, sight-reading, and repertoire.
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Hanlin C. January 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I start taking singing lesson with Dana from last may, she's kind and encouraging. In the first lesson I was always thinking of my pitch which goes really strange, and I was so scared of my own voice that for several times I could not sing properly. She encouraged me a lot and always helpful when it comes to technical difficulties. I learned a lot from her.
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Garrett November 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome!
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Brady B. November 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I enrolled my grandson for his first piano lesson with Dana and was very pleased with her. She was so professional while at the same time really setting my 10 year old grandson at ease. He loved it and can't wait to return. Thank you Dana.
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Dana S.

Dana S.

Fishers, IN 46037
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$25 / 30-min
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Vandi E.

Carmel, IN

I have studied music theory extensively throughout my undergraduate and graduate coursework. I teach basic music theory to all of my music students. Having a working knowledge of the theory of music will benefit any musician.

About Vandi

Credentials:
MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015
BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011

Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: opera, musical theater, straight theater, film, church music, and contemporary music.
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Hope February 3, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
With only one lesson my daughter has already shown improvement! Really put her at ease and was very kind and patient. Knows how to bring out best in her student. Very impressive
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Andrea R. January 25, 2016
Audition Prep · Online
Verified Student
We are extremely happy with Vandi; our 10 year old daughter has done her Audition Prep with success for Middle school and further presentations.
Vandi is very kind, professional person to work with, she has guide us from the beginning. we as parents have had a wonderful experience classes online.
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Nadia January 10, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Was a great experience! Vandi is very sweet and very good.. Would highly recommend her!!
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Vandi E.

Vandi E.

Carmel, IN 46033
(30)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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