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About Janet B.

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Indianapolis, IN
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About Janet
Hi! My name is Janet, and I would like to be your new music lessons teacher! As a quick biography, I have 40+ 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 Indianapolis. 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 students, I use a combination of methods developed by several different voice instructors.
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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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Briana January 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
I have ony had a couple of lessons so far but, Janet is very welcoming and is patient with my stage fright. She is helping me work through it to achieve my goals as a singer.
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Jordan J. December 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very thorough and professional
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Janet B.

Janet B.

Indianapolis, IN 46268
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About Todd L.

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Cicero, IN
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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 mu
sic 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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Eden Kay September 28, 2018
· Flute · In home
Todd is very nice and a very good teacher
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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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Todd L.

Todd L.

Cicero, IN 46034
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About Alex J.

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Indianapolis, IN

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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.

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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. 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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Kimberly/Peggy September 18, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Alex was very kind and wonderful. As this is my daughter's first lesson. I will not rate it yet.
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Alex J.

Indianapolis, IN 46236
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About Beth K.

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Noblesville, IN
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Beth K. holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University. While at IU, she was a member of the Singing Hoosiers and spent her summers performing at Kings Island and Busch Gardens. Upon graduation, she taught choral music at Hamilton Southeastern High School and continued to perform. She left teaching for a short time to pursue a full-time performing career, entertaining audiences at Beef and Boards, Indianapolis Civic Theater, and on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She returned to teaching after getting married and having two children, and has taught choral music at Mt. Vernon and Pendleton Heights as well as private voice lessons.
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Beth K.

Beth K.

Noblesville, IN 46060
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$40 / 30-min

About Josh L.

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Indianapolis, IN

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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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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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Hadley S. October 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
Josh was amazing! My daughter was nervous and he found a way to connect with her and help her feel comfortable using her voice
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Indianapolis, IN 46250
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About Joseph B.

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Indianapolis, IN
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Hello there! My name is Joseph. I started music way back in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. I have been singing for 10 years, acting for 9 years, composing and arranging music for 5 years, and playing piano for 4 years along with playing the ukulele, bass guitar, and conducting. I am a musical theatre actor, and I am very active in the Indy music and theatre scene. I believe that, along with learning technique and theory, you must harbor the love for music. I love music and love to share it with people!
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Eric July 17, 2018
· Singing · In home
Fantastic teacher. I've had a couple other singing instructors in the past but both with a less-interactive style. Joseph seems to know how to mold his direction depending on the type of student in front of him, and it really helps.
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Benjamin June 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgeable and encouraging!
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Joseph B.

Joseph B.

Indianapolis, IN 46226
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$15 / 30-min

About Drew S.

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Carmel, IN
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I am a professional guitarist and instructor with experience teaching every age level from 6 and up. I love playing guitar, but my real passion is teaching and helping my students progress to the levels they would like to achieve. In our first lesson I will get an understanding of your current knowledge, and your future goals. Together we will work to improve your playing to achieve you goals quickly and successfully.
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Drew S.

Drew S.

Carmel, IN 46033
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$50 / 30-min

About Julia T.

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Indianapolis, IN

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I started teaching flute and tutoring math while I was still in high school. I have continued to teach either part-time or full-time since. I was the middle school band director at St. Michaels in Greenfield for 7 years as well as directing a home school band, directing two flute choirs and playing in a praise band.

I teach all ages of students and have worked with children with learning disabilities. I try to build a rapport with my students and understand what their goals are for learning. I tailor my instructional style to the way that a student learns so that their experience is positive and fun.

Teaching is the most rewarding job in the world. I am privileged to be able to teach what I love most - music.
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Amy June 20, 2018
· · In home
Julia works great with kids and has a kind demeanor. She is accommodating with her time and does her best to find music that the students enjoy and caters to their styles while encouraging them to do their best. I love that she comes to our home too which makes it so convenient for our family!
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Roberta June 20, 2018
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Julia is very knowledgeable and patient with my daughter. Love that she comes to my home!
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Julia T.

Julia T.

Indianapolis, IN 46205
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$34 / 30-min

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My name is Mary Fredette. I have appeared on a few tv shows and currently working on my new album. In the meantime I’m signing up to give vocal lessons.
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Mary F.

Indianapolis, IN 46214
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$42 / 30-min

About Lara C.

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I am a professional singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist. I graduated from Berklee College of Music, the worlds best contemporary music college as well as the New York Film Academy from which I have a Diploma in Musical Theatre.

The voice is a very delicate instrument. My goal for you is not only to be the best singer you can possibly be, but also to be a healthy singer so that you'll be able to sing for the rest of your life. Every voice is unique and I want to help you to find your voice and highlight the aspects of your voice that makes you special so when people hear you sing they know exactly that it's you.

I will provide you with warm up tracks as well as other exercises so you can practise on your own and really get the most out of these classes. They are yours to keep!

If you're interested in accompanying yourself
on piano while singing, I would love to help you put together amazing arrangements. I studied classical piano for 9 years and contemporary piano for 4 years.

I am also a professional songwriter and performer. If you want to write your own songs and work on them in class, I will gladly help you write amazing songs so you'll be able to hit the stage in no time!

My personal preference is pop and rock music but I can teach all kinds of genres, from pop to rock to country to r&b and even Broadway show tunes. I want your lesson to be fun and make every lesson unique to you and your wants and needs.

I take frequent trips to Nashville, TN to write and record with professionals. This experience is what makes me and my teaching technique unique.
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Lara C.

Indianapolis, IN 46205
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