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About Janet B.

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Indianapolis, IN
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I've been teaching both piano and voice for almost 40 years. I taught elementary vocal/general/choral music in our local public school system for 32 years. I added teaching privately about 10 years later. I work with students ages 3 and up for piano, and ages 8 and up for voice. I welcome students of all levels of experience from the earliest beginner to the most advanced. The lessons are largely focused on technique, theory, and developing skills, and can be adapted to incorporate each students goals. I encourage my students to perform in various talent shows, and other avenues as they become available. We have a Recital every May, and all students are guided through the development of their selected music to take it from the beginning stages to having it ready to perform.

About Janet
Hi! My name is Janet, and I would like to be your new music lessons teacher! I welcome piano students who are in Kindergarten up to age 99. I welcome singing students from age 12 to age 99. As a quick biography, I have 40+ years of experience teaching both piano and voice lessons. I welcome you to come to my home studio. As a student taking lessons with me, I will always put your desires as a musician first, and consider them to be the most important factor in guiding the progress of your lessons. While I will make basic assignments for you to practice for your next lesson, I am always open to including music that you would like to learn. If there is a particular style of music that you would like to study, or even a particular piece of music that you want to learn, please feel free to mention that to me, and I will do my best to f
ind that music to add to your lessons. If at any time you have questions, requests, or comments, or concerns about your lessons please either mention them to me at the lessons, or contact me by phone, text, or email.
I look forward to meeting you, talking with you about your desires and aspirations as a musician, and to guiding you and helping you to reach your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with you to find the most convenient time for your lessons. Lessons are given in my home studio. While there will be basic material you will need to learn proficiently, you will be free to select the style of music you wish to study. I always tailor the lessons to suit the student's desires and aspirations as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
office/studio space for lessons; spinet piano; electronic equipment available to play cassettes, CDs, videos, and DVDs either from my own library or yours to assist and/or augment the lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I no longer travel to the student's home for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I use a variety of methods, mostly based on the goals of the students. For piano students, I prefer the Bastien Piano Basics method books. For voice students, I use a combination of methods developed by several different voice instructors.

*** I only teach voice students 12+ only ***
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Tracy C. March 23, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Great experience
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Tracy March 14, 2019
· Piano · In home
Very knowledgeable so far. We've had one lesson.
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Andreas F. September 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
This was only my 6 year olds first experience with Janet, but she was very engaging and patient with my sometimes wiggly boy. I look forward to seeing how my son grows over the next few months.
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Janet B.

Indianapolis, IN 46268
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About Ian M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Ian
I started playing guitar originally in 1991. I picked up bass and ukulele (and then gradually a plethora of other instruments) over the ensuing years. I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then people's homes (including mine) and then online lessons.

Besides teaching and performing, I also ran an all ages music venue and recording studio from 2006-2015.

Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn. There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams, understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we will apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’r
e learning songs they like, and more about the instrument and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.

Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students as well. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with music- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.

*** Specialties ***
Patience. I feel like it is necessary to be a good teacher. Other than that, I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians take for granted and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after a beginner's first lessons.
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Jen K. August 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Ian is an incredible teacher. Very patient and professional. The way he teaches is very straight forward and easy to understand. I can’t wait to learn more & more... less than a week has passed since my lesson. I already feel so comfortable with my ukulele,
All the utube lessons were useless for me. I realized this after 1 lesson with Ian. The frustration factor on utube was a waste of time for me. I am so happy I chose ian & this company.
Thank you so much, jen
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Michelle L. March 3, 2014
· Classical Guitar ·
Great teacher

My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
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carolyn L. February 27, 2014
· Guitar ·
great teacher for popular acoustic guitar

Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
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About Melody H.

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Mooresville, IN

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Learning how to read music.The correct way to play guitar and piano. Not by tab. Music theory is a learning process. Must be taken seriously.
A must have for all musicians!!!

About Melody
First I want to thank you for looking at my profile.
You can read about me below.

If you have any questions please email me through Take Lessons. Please make sure you are serious and still want to have fun! Remember Learning can be fun.
Seniors don’t be afraid you want to learn I can do it!!
I have been with take lessons for over 6 years. They are an awesome company to work with.

About me:

I will be teaching on using Face Time or Whats App seems to be the best way to get the job done! Online classes will be for guitar and theory only.
Any teaching on line must be done through Face Time.

The subjects I teach are on my profile. Please remember Acoustic Guitar and Guitar are the same thing .

Even though it says my travel is 15 miles max. There will be a travel fee place on your lesson tuition.
Once we firm down a time and day I sti
ck to that! It becomes inconvenient when I’m rearranging my schedule to accommodate you. So please be sure of what days you might like to do. And keep it the same every week. You will be charged for no show, last minute cancellations. My time is as important as yours thanks!

Now just coming from Florida to the country!!!! Woah for me.

I started music at age 5. My parents were both professional musicians.My father was a professional jazz piano player and my mother a classical guitarist. So it is in the blood. I play a few instruments but my favorite guitar and piano. I went to Nassau Community College for Drama/Music.
I toured in theater groups and also was in a few bands while living in NY. I could not make up my mind so I did both. I love both So. Florida here I come in 1991. Since I was new to the area I starting performing regular basis and became well known in the music community.I also went on a song writing spree. I was also able to do dinner theater in between the music. I met some people, music teachers from going to the open mics. They encouraged me to go out and start teaching and do what I was supposed to do. How it happened ? I placed one small ad, got a call and from there it grew into over 80 students.I just was referred to everyone it was a chain reaction.
In between teaching I was also in a duo and made time for the touring, local gigs, etc....released 6 CD's.
I was very busy that I decided to open up my own music school to handle the over flow of students. I had my business for 9 years.
Mom and Pop store!
I produced a lot of talent from there. Songwriters with published songs, singers with contracts, bands the guitarist in the now defunct band Hey Monday with Cassidy Pope. Students that were in American Idol- featuring Emily Booke 2 years in a row top twenty then top ten..
America's Got Talent featuring Amy Profaci, Cassidy Pope.
Played for Bruce Springsteen in RPB with Odd Man Out, Teen Punk Band since disbanded. Had them out and playing gigs at age 14 the youngest oldest 16 at CBGB's. In NYC. They were on the Regis and Kelly show. Students that started with me at age 5 and stayed for years. A lot are off to college or done with school grown up sort of. When they bump into me and say hey Ms. Mel I'll never forget you teaching me music lessons or do you remember that or I loved that band class you did. You changed my whole life.
I really appreciate it and I did make a difference in their lives.
I also write for TV and Film and have over 30 professionally published songs. Songs playing on commercials, TV and overseas in England. They seem to love it over there a lot of fan mail.

Ok this is as follows.
*** Lesson Details ***
Cancellations : 24 hour notice. Make up lessons are at my discretion.
61 key keyboard are ok for piano lessons.
You must have a piano for vocal lessons if I come to your home. You must have a guitar 🎸 for guitar lessons. I do not supply any instruments or lesson books. You are required to contact me once booked and find out what you will need.

How long will it take to learn depends on YOU!!!!

Practice is the answer not a question. You must be prepared to work to do the work. If you do not understand it we will do it until you get it.
My Adult students this goes for you too.
It is important that you practice. So I recommend cutting down on video games and TV.
I suggest no TV or Video games especially before the lessons are about to start. Very distracting for the kids.
I expect you to be practiced and ready to go when I get there. If you want to be a rock star that's what it takes, discipline.
Its great when a parent can sit in while I'm teaching your child. Remember I am teaching you as well.
You will be helping your child practice during the week until the next lesson.
For the guitar there will be complaints of hurting finger tips.
I cannot do anything about that it comes with guitar playing.
For the like piano, the fingers will not hurt.

After 3 to 6 months for the older student I expect all 6 strings to be complete and chords and strumming on guitar and learning songs of your choice.
Piano - Sight Reading and being able to play with 2 hands in the key of "C" with ease.
This will only happen with practice, And learning songs of your choice if you choose to.

Small ones as much time as they need depends upon how long it takes for them to learn it and how much time mom can help practice.

*** Studio Equipment **
Right up Piano,
Small 15 Watt Amp

**Supplies:
I do not supply instruments for any student. Parents you are
expected to purchase a 61 key keyboard of your choice and finances.Same goes for guitar. We will figure out the size you or your child needs. You must purchase your own books. I use Bastiens Primer A red book, Bastiens A Pink Book, along with these books they also have a theory book , performance book and technic book. Bk 1,2,3 also have a series of book 📚 to work with.

Guitar 🎸 I like to use Fast Track Bk 1 w/o CD. Then again they are becoming obsolete

*** Specialties ***
Song writing/Vocals
Beginner Piano/Intermediate
Beginner classical/intermediate guitar
Folk style guitar
Blues beginner/intermediate
Theory beginner/intermediate/advanced note reading
Piano beginner /intermediate young beginner young adult to the older adult this goes for piano.

*Please note those who need special songs for auditions while taking voice lessons let's discuss options. Vocals lessons are just as serious you must practice.
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Carla S. April 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Melody's been great! She's been very flexible and patient.
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Brigitte B. January 8, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Great first lesson. Fun and helped me understand new chords.
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Ty M. May 1, 2018
· · In home
Thank you
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Melody H.

Mooresville, IN 46158
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About Alex J.

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Indianapolis, IN

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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 gr
aduated 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. Alex is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Music Technology at IUPUI.

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 has also taught at Arlington High School and Short Ridge 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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Tristan L. December 14, 2018
· Drum · In home
ALEX IS THE BEST! He’s actually become a friend of
The families but stil prefessional.
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Tristan L. March 13, 2018
· Drum · In home
So far so good! Tristan really enjoys his instructor and is excited.
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Peggy November 2, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Alex is Very knowledgeable. He was great with my 13-year-old daughter. She learns a lot from him and really enjoys working with him. He is very good teacher and very patient. I like the fact that he gives her specific homework to work on. I look forward to working with him for a long time.
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Alex J.

Indianapolis, IN 46226
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$20 / 30-min

About Carrie A.

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Indianapolis, IN
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I really enjoy working on music theory with my students.

About Carrie
*****I don't have a current background check through take lessons but have an active ongoing background check through another employer ******

I've been teaching and performing professionally for over 15 years. I have my BA in music and business. I have had some amazing experiences along the way. I've worked with world renowned vocal coaches, sang at Carnegie Hall, and played on various cds to raise money/awareness for charity projects. I'm grateful for all of this, but I love working with students on their music most of all. It delights me to see a student have an "aha" moment where they realize that they have what it takes to be great. I'd love to work with you, but if I don't I hope you reach your goals and have fun doing it ! ~ Carrie Jo ~

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid back teacher but you will definitely learn
a lot. I just believe if it starts to not be fun, what's the point? Music isn't just about perfect theory and note placement it's about enjoyment. That's why I tailor make every lesson specifically based on my student's goals. I have students that like a more traditional approach so I use standard method books with them. I also have students that want to learn how to play by ear so we use a less traditional method and I teach them chord structures and how to move around easily on their instrument. My favorite thing to teach is vocal lessons but I love teaching piano and guitar also.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught on an upright piano or acoustic/electric guitar. Student should bring own guitar. No pets. Waiting room out front for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I've performed at Carnegie Hall and I've had the opportunity to work with world renowned vocal coaches. I offer that as well as techniques that I've developed to help you reach your goals quickly and with great skill !
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Janice (Tony) G. September 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Carrie is great! She is very patient, positive and encouraging. We have three members of our household taking lessons from her, and she tailors the lessons for the individual goals, levels and interests of each of us.
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Steve H. May 15, 2018
· Singing · In home
Had a great time and look forward to more lessons.
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Logan P. February 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It was awesome! Great experience with Carrie and she got me playing within our first lesson! Couldn't be happier!
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Carrie A.

Indianapolis, IN 46254
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About Miriam V.

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Indianapolis, IN

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Music theory is included in piano lessons for all my students. I can also teach music theory independent of piano lessons for those who are preparing to study music in college and for those who want to write their own songs.

About Miriam
I have taught private piano lessons to all ages and levels for more than forty years. I prefer to teach in my home and in certain situations I teach in students' homes. If I teach in a student's home, there must be a piano or keyboard on the first floor of the home. For lessons in your home, you will need to pay an additional fee for my travel expenses. I teach sightreading, rhythm, musical expression, technique and music theory. The student will need either a piano or keyboard available for practicing between lessons. Titles of method books to be purchased will be given to the parent at the first lesson. If a student has books that were used with a previous teacher, I will consider continuing in those books if they are the appropriate level for the student. I enjoy sharing my love of music with my students. I am a patient teacher a
nd I consider the individuality and goals of each student. I was a church organist and accompanist for many years.
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Molly M August 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My kids really like Miss Miriam. My 8yo and 5yo currently take lessons with Miriam. Miriam is always flexible to work around changes in our schedule.
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Mischa M. August 25, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ms Miriam V is a kind, patient and a knowledgeable piano teacher. Both of my daughters love to have her as their teacher.
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Edward C. May 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Miriam is the most punctual, professional and loving teacher we have experienced. If I could give her six stars I would.
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Miriam V.

Indianapolis, IN 46229
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About Josh L.

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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 contemporary 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 a
rtist 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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Blake July 20, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Extremely friendly, understanding and explains everything so anybody could understand. I highly recommend Josh to anybody who wishes to learn how to sing.
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David P. April 12, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
great lesson. Excellent instructor
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Benjamin January 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Josh is awesome. Great guy and amazing teacher!
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
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About Regina H.

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I've been teaching music theory for 2 years and my students have gone on to successfully complete their high school and college requirements. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Regina
Hi there! My name is Regina and I've been teaching private lessons and coaching chamber ensembles since 2009. I love helping my students (children and adults) learn new instruments, transition from one instrument to another, prepare for contests and auditions, and help them achieve their personal goals. 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 in 2013. I am currently a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis as a violinist as well as perform actively with the local musical theater community. I look forward to meeting and playing music with you!
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Ryan February 24, 2018
· Viola · In home
As a former professional musician with an undergrad in Music, my standards are pretty high when I'm selecting musicians to teach my kids. My son has been taking viola lessons with Regina for 2.5 years. She is professional but also down-to-earth and great to work with. My son, now an 8th grader, played a level 1 solo at the District and State ISSMA contests and earned a Gold at both levels--the only kid in his school to do so. We credit Regina for appropriately pushing him to be his best. You can be assured that when you choose Regina, you're choosing one of the very best teachers around.
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McKenna N. January 17, 2017
· Violin · In home
Regina has been great with our 2 daughters. We had to recently change teachers and she has made the adjustment very smooth. The girls responded quickly and are motivated to continue their practices and lessons. Regina is very patient and encouraging. Thanks Regina!
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Samantha F. December 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Regina has been very patient teaching my 6 year old daughter. She is sure to take the time to answer all of her questions.
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Regina H.

Indianapolis, IN 46201
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$28 / 30-min

About Nathanial K.

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Ever wanted to understand the inner workings of the music that you love, perform, or revere? Music Theory and Analysis opens windows to a higher level of understanding of music.

Our first lesson will assess where your currently level of musical understanding is and progress from there. Whether you are a music grad looking for a refresher or someone looking at the material for the very first time, through meticulous exploration we will go from scale degrees to counter point and upper structure harmonies.

As a performer, there is no other discipline in music I use more frequently than music theory.

About Nathanial
Nathanial is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer based in the Boston area. Currently his projects include arranging and writing horn parts for local professional acts, playing in a salsa band, recording in the studio for trombone.

He has performed at many of Boston's top tier venues such as the Sculler Jazz Club, Symphony Hall, Sanders Theatre, and TD Bank Garden. His experience is in classical, orchestral, chamber, jazz, latin, and popular genres of music.

When not composing, Nathanial enjoys teaching students the joys of learning an instrument with brass lessons. His goal is help his students achieve their learning goals and push their abilities to their full potential. In addition to brass, Nathanial also helps beginner producers navigating the DAW for the first time in Logic, Pro Tools, and FL Studio.
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Cathy May 27, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
Very talented, great player, very kind and patient-
Good with all ages!
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Chris B. May 25, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
Nate has a great attitude, and clearly loves sharing his knowledge of and playing the trombone!
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Nathanial K.

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About Ellen S.

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I am able to to teach music theory from the very beginning up until post-tonal theory. I specialize in teaching beginners with basics like recognizing all key signatures/circle of fifths, solfege, reading in different clefs, intervals, triads, and different types of scales. However, I am an experienced tutor in many levels of theory and can most certainly be of help for homework assignments and creating exercises to understand different concepts.

About Ellen
I am an undergraduate senior at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor studying piano performance and philosophy, with strong passions for critical thinking, piano pedagogy, chamber music, and contemporary music. I recently won top prizes in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Camerata Artists International Virtuoso II Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, where I was able to make my Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in 2018. I attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division in New York City for 10 years, and have been playing chamber music ever since I began there at the age of 7. I also attended the Brearley School for seven years, where I had rigorous academic training in the sciences, humanities, and leadership.

As a musician leading a double li
fe with substantial academic training and work, I truly value learning music alongside a well-rounded education, as I believe that music is the quintessential liberal art. Just on its own, learning to play an instrument requires discipline, focused attention, and hard work. With the combination of a strong education, students can understand not only how to execute what is on the page in front of them, but understand music in context and have the ability to understand what music can communicate to others and themselves. For this reason, I incorporate academic components like music theory, composer biographies, contextual history, philosophy, and literature in ways that are accessible and fun to learn at all ages. I hope to build up students who not only improve their playing, but acquire skill sets that make them smarter and carry over into all aspects of their lives.
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Bridget June 13, 2019
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Ellen is great at teaching both my daughter and myself. Very friendly, personable and understands the piano and classical repertoire at a high level. She’s really helped me with my fundamentals and music theory. My daughter (who is much better than I) mainly studies classical music with her and I love to hear her progress. Ellen is warm and accommodating and I’d recommend her to anyone!
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