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Singing in the City

By Sphie H. - Indianapolis Singing Teacher

Hi! My name is Sphie. I am a vocal coach and performance instructor currently based out of Indianapolis. As a music educator and entertainer, I have been studying the ins and outs of this city for many years. Though music is not a primary industry here, it is the perfect place to nurture and excel in every musical and performance capacity. So many genres are represented here and there is diversity present in every crevice of this city!

Education is such a valuable asset to our city's character, and there is every opportunity to explore and master every realm of its capacity by taking singing lessons in Indianapolis. Private lessons offer one facet of the ever-evolving fortitude of opportunities here in Indianapolis for endeavors in music. Due to our plethora of colleges and educational resources, nationally acclaimed acts frequent Indianapolis. Butler University is a host to world-renowned performances. Just north of the city in Carmel lies the Palladium. It's audio and acoustics were engineered by some of the world's finest sound engineers and is home to some of the country's best performers. Bloomington, just fifty minutes south of Indianapolis, is home to Indiana University. Known for its eclectic music scene, it hosts some of the biggest names and most foundational performances in world music and cultural history.

Feeling confident after a few singing lessons in Indianapolis? There are endless opportunities to stretch and challenge personal performance on the local spectrum for students of all levels. Head just north of the city center to Broad Ripple which has several venues and open mic nights for local and live performance. Sabbatical, one of Broad Ripple's most supportive live venues, hosts a variety of genres ranging from hip-hop to rock to jazz.

With micro-breweries and local food fare on the rise, downtown Indianapolis is home for several spots supporting new and upcoming music. Flat 12, Sunking Brewery and Indy City Brewing organizes a variety of events year-round in celebration of the city's local culture. Venues such as the Slippery Noodle and the Chatterbox Pub hold some of the oldest running jazz nights in the city with a plethora of sport's bars as hosts to some of the cities best DJs.

On the south side lies the up and coming Fountain Square, which is bubbling with an indie rock, electronic and folk scenes. Check out live performances at Hi-Fi and Fountain Square Brewery. The major metro event First Friday also takes place here. Local artists open their doors to the public in celebration of art, music and local fare. Many artists and establishments welcome new and thriving music endeavors as enhancement to the events.

Indianapolis provides an opportunity for artists to develop their skills in every realm. Despite being a large metro and bustling city, it maintains a hometown feel, conducive to nurturing the inner artist. With such a range of diversity in culture, art, and music, it gives singers and performers ample options for artistic development. Sign up for singing lessons in Indianapolis and enjoy performance opportunities!

About Janet B.

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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! As a quick biography, I have 20+ years of experience teaching both piano and voice lessons. I have taught piano students from as young as 5 years old up to a wonderful lady who was a grandmother many times over, and voice students from 10 years old up to adults. I have taught students of all ability levels, from the most basic beginner to very advanced performers. I welcome you to come to my home studio. I have both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Indianap
olis. I retired in 2009 from teaching in the Indianapolis area public schools after 32 years of teaching elementary vocal/general/choral music. During the last 17 years of that time I was also teaching privately during the evenings and on Saturday.
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 find that music to add to your lessons. If at any time you have questions, requests, or comments, 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 ***
My piano students are expected to own either a 3-4 octave keyboard, or an acoustic piano. I can give you guidance regarding specific details you need to look for when you purchase an acoustic piano or a keyboard. I do not recommend specific manufacturer names. You will also be required to purchase any necessary materials (books, flashcards, etc.). I provide supplemental materials (teaching games, etc.).

*** 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 student, I use a combination of methods developed by several different voice instructors.
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Lauren October 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
My experience with Janet was great. I had 5 lessons with her, which was enough to achieve my goals. She was very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Damon B. March 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was very prepared and experienced. She knows a lot about singing and can make you feel like you're learning something.
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Timmé January 30, 2016
· Singing · In home
She's very nice and my daughter just loved her to pieces!!!
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Janet B.

Janet B.

Indianapolis, IN 46268
(12)
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$21.50 / 30-min

About Todd L.

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Singing lessons are unique to each individual. Care will be taken to teach the basics of good singing using the artists that students like. (ie: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Sting, etc.)

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.

*** 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
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RON September 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Most excellent !
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Aaron C. December 15, 2015
· Tuba · In studio
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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Todd L.

Todd L.

Cicero, IN 46034
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$20 / 30-min

About Jenny L.

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I have a bachelors of science degree in k-12 music education from Ball State University and a Masters of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have enjoyed teaching elementary general music, youth choirs, band and orchestra for 20 years. I love teaching private lessons and watching my students grow musically. I especially enjoy teaching elementary age students and beginners of any age. I am a teacher who believes first and foremost that music should be enjoyed! The more a student enjoys their music the greater their long term success! I believe students should be able to
work with the styles and genres of music they like. I can't wait to help you or your child find their love and passion for music!
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Jenny L.

Jenny L.

Cicero, IN 46034
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$18 / 30-min

About Josh L.

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Indianapolis, IN

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I have my bachelors degree in Voice. I teach singers of all genres (country, classical, pop, bluegrass, rock…) to sing with confidence and freedom!

I teach an open throat technique (appoggio) that allows the singer to sing with freedom, and access their entire range evenly. I also work with students to develop style, interpretation, languages, and acting ability.

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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Maggie April 10, 2017
· Singing · Online
Very good with kids! Great first lesson for my daughter.
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Melissa March 8, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
It was a great lesson. Learning a lot to better my vocals.
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Jill Ramos December 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Absolutely fantastic educator. Josh positively and energetically instructs each and every lesson. His musical knowledge base, as well as sheer talent, is impressive, and he readily shares this with his students. My 12-year old daughter has greatly improved from his piano tutelage in the last 18 months. I would recommend Josh Lavendar to everyone of all ages.
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
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$35 / 30-min

About Dana S.

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I've been teaching voice lessons for 8 years and my students have excelled at auditions and contests. Within the first few lessons, you will likely have an increased range and vocal stability and as time goes on you'll be able to follow your dreams. I specialize in Broadway, Opera, and Arts songs. I assign music based on level, ability, technical challenges, and the students likes. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

Piano is a great tool for a singer and 15 minute beginning level piano can be added to any half hour lesson.

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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Brittany G. March 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Dana was a fantastic & knowledgeable teacher with a beautiful voice!
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Audrey January 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dana is an excellent and patient instructor. My daughter truly enjoys working with her.
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Kaehla J. October 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dana is very good with teaching kids, I was happy with how much my 10 year old learned at her first lesson.
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Dana S.

Dana S.

Fishers, IN 46037
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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