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About Lesley F.

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Lesley is an accomplished classically trained operatic soprano at the beginning of her career. Lesley grew up all over the United States, attending high school in Tennessee where she was very active in high school theatre, playing roles like Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Lesley currently sings operatic repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bernstein and loves new composers and exploring new music. Lesley has studied with numerous teachers, coaches, directors, and conductors who have shaped her as a musician, and hopes to be able to impart some of what she has learned. I love to sing, and would love to help you explore singing as well.

I taught in the Atlanta area for four years, as well as New Jersey and Boston, MA. I enjoy working with my students to discover and develop their true voice and passion for music
! After studying vocal pedagogy, vocal anatomy, Body Mapping, Alexander Technique, acting, dance, movement, and of course years of musical study, I have honed my skills as a teacher and wants to share them with you! Healthy breathing, physicality, phonation, and resonance techniques are crucial to any style of singing - opera, classical, broadway, or pop.

I hold a Master's degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor's degree cum laude in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University. I attended the summer training programs at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO and the Seagle Music Colony in the Adirondacks. I have studied acting for over 6 years, and participated in straight theatre, as well as musical theatre. I have also coached with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Opera, and many more!

My operatic roles include: Miss Jessel in Britten's, The Turn of the Screw, Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium, The Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Clara Deluso in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, Magda Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, Geraldine in Menotti's A Hand of Bridge, Ariadne in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Elisabetta in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Contessa d'Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and the First Lady in Die Zauberflote.

My theatre roles include: The Witch in Sondheim's Into the Woods, Aunt Eller in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Marion Hollander in Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Lucy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Bobby's Mother in Gershwin's Crazy For You.

I am also featured on Albany Records release of Signor Deluso in the role I performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. I have performed the soprano solos in Verdi's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, and Gounod's St Cecilia Mass. Recently I worked closely with Stephen Schwartz - creator of the hit Broadway musical Wicked to create the starring role, Myra Foster, in his first opera - Seance on a Wet Afternoon.

In 2010 I was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finalist. I claimed third place and the Wagner award in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. I was also recognized for excellence with the Benefactor's Award in the Saritelli DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Fund as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2009 Jensen Competition. I enjoyed participating in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) for many years, placing every year in college, and taking home first prize senior year. In my junior year, I won my entire division for the Eastern Regional NATS competitions. I also participated in the All State choirs for 3 years in high school, taking first chair soprano 1 in my senior year, and being awarded a solo.

My students have received college scholarships, advanced in national competitions, and had successful auditions in both classical and broadway style singing. My students have performed in musicals, plays, choirs, and operas. I look forward to exploring your voice with you!
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Stefanie K. April 8, 2018
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Leslie's online singing lessons have been great.
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Feliciano R. September 24, 2015
· Opera Voice · Online
My first lesson with Lesley was refreshing and informative. She is very knowledgeable in her field and I noticed a difference in my upper range after 10 mins out of a 30 min lesson. I look forward to working with her in the years to come!
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Gloria G. September 5, 2015
· Singing · Online
Ms. Lesley is a fantastic voice teacher! I'm really shy, but she was able to "pull me out of my shell" and make me feel really comfortable. You can tell she loves what she does, and she wants to see her students succeed!
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Lesley F.

Lesley F.

Bloomington, IN 47405
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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.

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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 46226
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About Regina H.

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Indianapolis, IN
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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.

Regina H.

Indianapolis, IN 46201
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About Chialing P.

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About Chialing
I am currently pursuing a bachelor degree with Eric Kim at Jacobs School of Music. If you are in school and are looking to get into all state and need help with school orchestra, or if you are an adult learner and just want to learn how to play, you are at the right place. I am a firm believer of having a good setup and I am excited to share it with you the secret to having good posture, having no soreness when you play, and how to have a good bow hand..etc. If you need help learning how to practice efficiently-that means practicing less but with greater outcome, you can also come to me. Playing the cello should be enjoyable and with the right method that I can provide for you, You will be able to improve tremendously.
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Chialing P.

Chialing P.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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$30 / 45-min

About Mike K.

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Indianapolis, IN

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About Mike
Learning to play an instrument is a mixture of a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work. My strength is finding what will inspire my students to WANT to put in those difficult hours of practice, and then showing them how to apply what they have learned in a creative way, so that they experience the fun that music is supposed to be.

I help my students set - and reach - achievable goals. Learning this skill teaches them self esteem and also helps them discover their own learning style - a valuable tool, even if they do not pursue a career in music! I am gentle, but honest when a student arrives for a lesson unprepared, and am equally honest and enthusiastic when they demonstrate that they have put forth the effort to succeed.

I am not accepting many students, so that I can keep my schedule very performance heavy. This makes me a bet
ter teacher, and means that I only retain students who really want to progress.

I have been a drummer/percussionist in the Indianapolis music scene for nearly forty years. I regularly perform with the top players in many different genres and have played and recorded in a wide variety of venues and musical situations. In addition to playing my first instrument: the drum set. I also perform on various instruments, including: steel pan, vibraphone, and congas. I have extensive experience as a teacher beginning 30 years ago teaching at IRC music and Carmel Music Center.

My music education followed the classic route of mentoring under a local expert while working professionally. I studied for 16 years with Charles Mastropaolo (drummer for the Ed Sullivan show, and local jazz great) and was trained by him in improvisation, rudimental drumming, score reading/interpretation, Latin drumming, vibraphone, and performing all styles on the drum set. I have also been a member of the vibraphone workshop online teaching community for nine years. As a member, I have been able to further my education on all mallet instruments by online lessons with some of the top vibraphone players in the world.
I look forward to working with you!
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Vince April 10, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Mike was really the best instructor I could have asked for. Knowledgeable, patient, and best of all, chill when he needed to be. I was just picking up the drums for a high school band I was in at the time, and he was more than willing to help me learn whatever dumb song me or my band had decided sounded cool at the time. At the same time, he showed me a lot of really excellent practice techniques, directed me to some solid literature for different rhythms to work on, and would sit with me through a whole hour of my relentless mistakes like it was nothing. More than a good instructor, he's a really cool guy! He never missed a beat!
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Fred April 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Mike brings it all to the lesson...musicianship,
decades of experience, versatility and creativity.
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Michael April 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
As a professional musician who plays gigs with Mike often .... he is a great, well-rounded percussionist/drummer .... let alone a well respected person to deal with, and will always do the job at hand right. Very personable .... easy to work with. Very knowledgeable on his instruments and music. Would highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Mike K.

Mike K.

Indianapolis, IN 46205
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About Elisa T.

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Greenwood, IN

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I have played guitar since early high school
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Elisa T.

Elisa T.

Greenwood, IN 46143
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$25 / 30-min

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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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
· · In home
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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About Jesse W.

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Jesse West is a guitarist, bassist, teacher, composer, and audio engineer from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has over twenty years of experience writing and composing original music. Groups that Jesse has played with include heavy hitters in the Chicago and Indianapolis jazz scenes, including the Phil Schurger Group, the Clif Wallace Trio, and the Sophie Faught Quintet. He has also played gigs with Indiana University jazz professors Pat Harbison, Monika Herzig, and Tom Walsh. In 2018, West played in the Cuban Son and Danzón groups Soneros La Caliza, Orquesta Esquela Vieja lead by Dr. Joe Galvin. Jesse is a member of South American groups KelsiCote, and Matixando Bloomington based in Indiana. West was also a member of the touring indie rock group Step Softly, Ghost on the Asia Minor label.

Jesse's music is forward looking with deep ro
ots, and a definite nod towards ambient, dub and world music. His influences bounce from future soul group Hiatus Kaiyote to future dancehall group Major Lazer, with a touch of Jah Wobble in between. West likes to personalize already existing material as a viable form of new expression like in his cover of Thunder. Jesse is known to write more progressive improvised music too, like Twitter Chatter. A song which the great arranger and jazz composer Brent Wallarab helped to write. It begins with a simple motive and mutates over an ever changing form. Like much of West's writing, the composition is grounded in world influences including Brazilian jazz and Afro Cuban music among other things.

Jesse holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music. He has studied Afro Cuban and Brazilian music with Grammy nominated artists and educators Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace. West has also studied jazz improvisation with the renown improviser Walter Smith III, and studied improvisation and pedagogy with the legendary educators David Baker and Pat Harbison. Jesse has also studied music technology and and audio engineering. West ran live sound in addition to playing bass for the US Navy Band earning him the prestigious Navy Achievement Medal. He hopes to be an inspiration to aspiring composers who want to find their own voice. West has taught a private studio for over a decade and coached high school bands both in Indiana and California.
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Jesse W.

Jesse W.

Bloomington, IN 47408
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About Emily C.

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Hello, I'm Emily Cook, and I'd love to help you on your musical journey!

I have years of experience teaching clarinet and piano lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds, from children beginning band programs and adults picking up a new hobby to serious students working to embark on a career as music performers and educators themselves. I also enjoy working with children and adults with special needs, including students on the autism spectrum.

I perform as principal clarinetist of the Akron Symphony, and have also performed with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Hartford, and Richmond, VA. I also serve as the artistic director of Kamratōn, a chamber ensemble dedicated to women-created and women-curated new music. I’ve played with jazz-fusion ensemble the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective at venues in Pittsburgh and New York C
ity, and I enjoy performing as an improvisor. I’ve also worked as a church pianist, and enjoy teaching all genres of piano performance.
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Emily C.

Emily C.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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