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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
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN

I began teaching music theory in 2002. I was taught advanced theory at one of the strongest programs in the country, Lawrence University. I was a professor's teaching assistant, and also did a fair amount of private instruction to music majors.

About Jay

My musical journey began the with piano at the age of seven. I took regular lesson all the way through high school, eventually performing works such as Gershwin Etudes, Chopin Waltzes, Debussy Arabesques, and Beethoven Piano Sonatas. My trumpet performing started in 1993 and continues, having earned two degrees in trumpet performance, and performed with groups such as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Lone Star Wind Orchestra.

I have been teaching privately for 13 years, most recently having a studio of around 50 students in the Dallas area, where my students have performed at even
ts such as the state solo and ensemble contest in Austin, and it groups such as the Texas All State Band, and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra to name a few. I now continue my private lesson instruction in Indianapolis. I have learned to adjust my teaching technique to match each individual, whether it be the music difficulty, learning pace, or musical genre preference. I have taught trumpet students of all ages and abilities, as well as beginning and intermediate piano and french horn. I look forward to helping you make beautiful music on your instrument!

My teaching philosophy

Private lessons are a one on one experience that give students guidance on their specific musical needs. Rather than only working on pieces for un upcoming audition or competition, I emphasize working on a variety of repertoire that will improve all aspects of one’s musicianship. Lessons are not a weekly practice or coaching session, but rather a time for me to help students with what they have already been practicing. More specifically, I help with embouchure formation, tone production, note reading, practice technique, musical phrasing, breathing, performance anxiety, rhythm, music theory, bad habits, or anything that will help the student make better music in the long term. I also frequently provide musical examples and inspiration by playing for my students.

Lesson Policies

Students are required to practice a minimum of fifteen to forty-five minutes per day (depending on the student’s age), six days per week.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own lesson materials, such as books, valve oil, metronome, etc. Piano students must also have a well maintained piano to practice on. High quality electric keyboards with 88 keys, weighted and touch sensitive, are acceptable.

I have a 24-hour lesson rescheduling policy. If a student fails to provide notice via phone, text or email at least 24 hours prior to the starting time of the lesson, or misses a lesson unannounced, they will be charged for the full lesson cost. If adequate notification is given, the lesson will be made up at a later date. Lessons MAY NOT BE MISSED WITHOUT MAKEUP. I do, however, allow students to miss lessons without makeup during the months of December and August (up to two lessons each month) and July (no limit), and one lesson for spring break.

With rare exception, all of my students take weekly lessons. Students who keep a regular, weekly schedule improve at a far better pace than those who miss frequently.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clavinova keyboard with weighted keys

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, jazz, and commercial, having experience in all three areas. I teach a lot of ear training and music theory regardless of the instrument.
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Butch W. April 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Listened to my comments of my progress on my own and then advised ways to improve. Not over selling and understood what my goals were in playing.
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Layla T. February 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 4 year old is very happy with Mr. Jay. She looks forward to her piano lessons and lights up when it is time to start :)
He is very patient with her and that encourages her to practice and get better.
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Sophie V. January 15, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My daughter is actually excited about practicing!
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Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN 46220
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$31 / 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.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
(17)
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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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Lucia April 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I have improved a lot since I started my singing classes. Dana is very professional doing her job.
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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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Dana S.

Fishers, IN 46037
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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
(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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Kathy April 25, 2016
Piano · Online
Vandi is an awesome instructor! I was hesitant about online lessons, but it's been great. Vandi structures my lessons to meet my needs and goals. Thanks, Vandi!
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Mia H. April 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific first lesson. Vandi caught her interest and showed that she knew her business. Vocal improvement was immediately apparent. There were no complaints about the 'homework.' We look forward to continuing singing lessons with Vandi.
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Molly M. March 7, 2016
Audition Prep · Online
Verified Student
My 16-year old daughter just had her first online lesson with Vandi (to prepare for a vocal audition and a monologue audition as part of a modeling opportunity). Vandi was amazing in so many ways! She asked all the right questions to figure out and understand what my daughter was preparing for and what my daughter needed to accomplish from lessons. She immediately impressed me with her insight of "the industry" and of the process my daughter is undergoing to try to break into that industry. After talking with Vandi, it was so very apparent to me that she has the personal experience and expertise to help my daughter. Vandi was very adept at figuring out my daughter's personality, likes, strengths and weaknesses. From the plethora of songs and monologues Vandi had at her fingertips, after talking/singing with my daughter, together they arrived at suitable options and narrowed it down to a few songs and monologues, which my daughter now gets to select her audition pieces from. My daughter has only had one year of choir in school and was nervous about taking private vocal lessons; however, she enjoyed her first lesson with Vandi so much, she is no longer nervous and looks forward to more lessons...a true testament to Vandi's kindness and teaching abilities! I'm totally impressed by Vandi, can't imagine any other teacher could be better, and so glad we chose her to help our daughter prepare for auditions.
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Vandi E.

Vandi E.

Carmel, IN 46033
(35)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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