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Elizabeth E.

Indianapolis, IN

About Elizabeth

I have taught private piano lessons to students ages 5 to adult since 2011. I'm a member of the Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association and also work frequently as an accompanist for middle and high school band students competing in solo competitions. I studied piano 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 t
ypically 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 and dynamic capabilities of an acoustic piano. If you do not have a piano, I'm happy to offer advice on finding a suitable one before your first lesson.
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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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Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN

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.

Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN 46220
(5)
starting at
$31 / 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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Jennifer S. May 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Really fun!
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Cortnie May 3, 2016
Songwriting · Online
Verified Student
Talented and insightful teacher!
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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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Josh L.

Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
(19)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Regina H.

Indianapolis, IN

About Regina

Hi, there! My name is Regina and I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students learn new instruments, transition from one instrument to another, prepare for contests and auditions, and coach chamber ensembles. I studied at Valparaiso University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2011 with my primary instrument being Violin and secondary was Viola. I continued on to graduate school and received my M.A. from Valpo as well. I am currently a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis as a violinist. I look forward to meeting and playing music with
you!
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Lily M. March 5, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
Regina was great! She was very patient with Lily(a beginner ).Can't wait for our next class.
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Hanlin C. January 24, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Regina is a great teacher with patience and encouragment, she really knows her staff and quickly figured out what I was not doing right.I like her class
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joyce weaver November 16, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Ms Regina is very professional, kind, patient and willing to meet any student at the level they need to begin. I found her to be the kind of personality that will work well with my "ocd' and nervous beginnings.
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Regina H.

Regina H.

Indianapolis, IN 46201
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Vandi E.

Carmel, IN

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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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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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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Vandi E.

Vandi E.

Carmel, IN 46033
(36)
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$35 / 30-min

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