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Don C.

Indianapolis, IN

About Don

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 h
as 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that classical literature is an important basis for any music lessons. But I also want students to perform music that they enjoy. So I use a balance of both. For beginners, I use the basic methods books, but within a few weeks try to bring in music that the student will enjoy.

I believe one of the most important aspects of teaching music, is to create a love of music in the student. To be successful a student must practice because his/she loves music, not because he/she is forced to prepare for a lesson.

Subjects taught- voice, piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone (euphonium), french horn, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, music theory, music history, song writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, band instruments, recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
Sacred music, classical
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Karly J. July 17, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed her very first flute lesson!
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Cameron A. July 9, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
My grandson is 11 and has adhd. He was patient and didn't overwhelm him with information He showed him kindness and participated in exercises with him. That made my grandson feel much more at ease! Thanks
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Don C.

Don C.

Indianapolis, IN 46229
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN

I frequently take trips to Nashville to co-write with prominent writers, I teach my students to use words appropriately, allow the words to inform the music, and become dynamic songwriters.

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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Oliver D. January 24, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
GREAT TEACHER!!!!

I am currently taking online Piano lessons from Josh.
(With the emphasis being on Christian music)

So far it has been a great experience. Josh is a super cool guy and has very calm, easy-going, and joyful personality. All these things combined make for a pleasant environment.

I have not taken any piano lessons before Josh (I was very much at the beginner level when I started my lesson). Josh did a great job of easing me into the piano without overwhelming me with information and/or techniques.

With his background, I feel like Josh is over-qualified to teach the piano - especially to beginners like myself, but he did a great job of teaching the basics and moving to more advanced techniques based on my skill level and the way I was progressing.

He also did a great job of challenging me to take my piano lessons to the next level without overwhelming me. He has definitely helped out tremendously in helping me learn the piano thus far and highly recommend him as a teacher.

He has a great structure to the course but also leaves room for the student to give input on things that they may want to learn, such as: songs, techniques, etc.

Additionally, he has done a great job of making the piano make sense. For example, sometimes I can get lost with all the different ways to play a chord, but he helped explain it in simple terms that makes sense.

I have learned so much from Josh in such a short amount of time and like I said, I highly recommend you take him as your teacher.. Great Teacher!
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Adam F. August 20, 2014
Piano · In studio
Josh is a student of his craft. He works hard to be the best and is great at teaching others to be excellent as well. He has a very creative approach to teaching and understands a lot of different styles. I have taken years worth of lessons and as an improv type artist myself, Josh has helped teach me a number of elements that were outside my knowledge base. Solid guy and a solid instructor.
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Andy L. August 15, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Mr. Josh L. was incredibly helpful in my development as a vocalist. His demeanor was perfect in instructing me during our sessions by being very picky in technique but never intimidating. It was refreshing to take lessons from someone who is able to teach from experience and not just from some backyard choir.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
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Christoph T.

Indianapolis, IN

About Christoph

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 tu
tor 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.
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Christoph T.

Christoph T.

Indianapolis, IN 46205
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sphie H.

Indianapolis, IN

Hi! I am a singer, songwriter, producer and yogi, and share my passion in music as a vehicle for inspiration, motivation and creative drive in others. I began singing at the age of eight and studied classical opera and musical theater in my youth. I discovered my knack for R&B and soul in high school and received her A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music in 2005.

I have recorded and co-produced five albums and have self-produced four music videos. When not touring and recording, I am teaching yoga, building costumes and investing in various communities nationwide.

Clients will receive instruction in a variety of styles including, but not limited to, pop, R&B, jazz and opera. Students will focus on technique and theory while integrating improvisation and live performance techniques. Songwriting is also offered as an option. Classes are tailored to fit student's needs in consideration of discovering and empowering the uniqueness of the individual.

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About Sphie

Hi, my name is Sphie! I am a Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Yoga Instructor, Visual Artist and Producer. I have spent the past ten plus years teaching all ages and accept beginner to advanced students. I have spent the past ten years teaching in very different communities and to various demographics nationwide. I thrive on sharing self-empowerment and inspiring creativity, passion and life within others.

A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music in the Twin Cities, I specialize in classical vocal training and instrumentation as well as pop and improvisation fro
m an entertainment-industry standard.

I am also a Hatha/Vinyasa, ERYT200 Yoga Instructor specializing in Self-Regulation and Trauma Relief. I teach all age ranges from beginner to advanced. I have trained nationwide with instructors such as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Hala Khouri.

I have recorded and co-produced five albums and have self-produced four music videos. When not touring and recording, I am teaching yoga, building costumes and producing music videos. I also specialize in dance, movement and creativity as a tool for trauma relief.
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Scott L. April 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I would definitely recommend Sphie as a music mentor! She possesses a well-rounded set of musical talents and was very accommodating to my needs. I look forward to my future lessons with this teacher!
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Geetha P. December 2, 2014
Fitness · Online
Verified Student
Sophie is an excellent Instructor! Very understanding and flexible. She understands the goals and trains the students well. Great to have her as my Coach!
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Max Y. November 26, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Sphie is balanced, patient, and smart. Not much more you can ask for in a mentor and coach. So happy to have her help as I try to become a better singer!
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Sphie H.

Sphie H.

Indianapolis, IN 46205
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$45 / 30-min
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Jake H.

Indianapolis, IN

Listen. My lessons are NOT for everyone! Even though I've coached some top professionals over the years in songwriting and artist development - the coaching style I've developed works THE BEST with beginner and intermediate musicians.
My goal is simple...help YOU achieve YOURS!
WE start were YOU are!
WE use practical, proven strategies that I've used for 18.5 years to get YOU the RESULTS you are TRULY after!
You are NOT just a "student"..
YOU are an artist - RIGHT NOW!
IN THIS MOMENT!

About Jake

I'm Jake.

Let me start by saying that I have been a music coach for over 18 years, and have had the privilege of guiding, to date, 1,422 clients to overcome their fears and truly succeed in their musical dreams.

There are few things that I enjoy more than connecting with others and helping them to recognize their potential...then growing into it.

Maybe you've never sang a note or even touched a guitar - or maybe you've been at it for awhile and are just unsure as to how you can improve upon your existing skills...

Wherever YOU are...

I'm here for YOU!

This isn't my job - t
his is my PASSION

THIS is what I care about.

THIS is what I do.

THIS is who I am.

Helping YOU to see what's been locked away inside of you...

Your. Creative. Expression
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Jake H.

Jake H.

Indianapolis, IN 46234
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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