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Todd L.

Cicero, IN

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 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.

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.


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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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


RON September 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Most excellent !
Aaron C. December 15, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
great teacher! Easy to work with!
Pat October 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Knowledgeable, easy to work with fun!
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Todd L.

Todd L.

Cicero, IN 46034
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$20 / 30-min
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Dana S.

Fishers, IN

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 au
dition 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 was 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.


Kaehla J. October 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Dana is very good with teaching kids, I was happy with how much my 10 year old learned at her first lesson.
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.
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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Dana S.

Dana S.

Fishers, IN 46037
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Vandi E.

Carmel, IN

About Vandi

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, Ma
y 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.


Samantha S. October 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter was a bit nervous, but Vandi's sweet personality and natural people skills relaxed my daughter, so they were able to have a very productive lesson!
Sophia A. September 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Catered to each of my children's needs and levels. Great experience!
Lucy September 1, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Vandi was simply excellent. She has patience, poise, enthusiasm, and clear talent and knowledge that was a perfect match for a beginning 10-year old voice student!
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Vandi E.

Vandi E.

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

Paul L.

Kirklin, IN

About Paul

Hello! My name is Paul and I'm 22 years old. I've been drumming for about 5 and a half years now and in that time I have helped start 2 nationally touring bands, traveled the US, played a Warped Tour,
gotten endorsements from Risen Drums and Blank Sticks, and made music a full-time career.

I graduated from Indiana University with double degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship in May 2016 with a minor in Creative Writing.

I'm going to be offering lessons when I am not on tour with my bands! I have a LOT of things to share to drummers of all levels - whether you have been playing for decades or you have never touched a kit before in your life! My methods have helped me achieve success in 5 years that many drummers don't see for much longer.

Get to know me! I'd love to connect on Facebook and chat if you're interested (Paul Lierman)


Nathan June 22, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Thorough and patient. Paul makes sure you understand the content while providing a positive learning environment.
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Paul L.

Paul L.

Kirklin, IN 46050
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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