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Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN

I began teaching music theory in 2002. I was taught advanced theory at one of the strongest programs in the country, Lawrence University. I was a professor's teaching assistant, and also did a fair amount of private instruction to music majors.

About Jay

My musical journey began the with piano at the age of seven. I took regular lesson all the way through high school, eventually performing works such as Gershwin Etudes, Chopin Waltzes, Debussy Arabesques, and Beethoven Piano Sonatas. My trumpet performing started in 1993 and continues, having earned two degrees in trumpet performance, and performed with groups such as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Lone Star Wind Orchestra.

I have been teaching privately for 13 years, most recently having a studio of around 50 students in the Dallas area, where my students have performed at even
ts such as the state solo and ensemble contest in Austin, and it groups such as the Texas All State Band, and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra to name a few. I now continue my private lesson instruction in Indianapolis. I have learned to adjust my teaching technique to match each individual, whether it be the music difficulty, learning pace, or musical genre preference. I have taught trumpet students of all ages and abilities, as well as beginning and intermediate piano and french horn. I look forward to helping you make beautiful music on your instrument!

My teaching philosophy

Private lessons are a one on one experience that give students guidance on their specific musical needs. Rather than only working on pieces for un upcoming audition or competition, I emphasize working on a variety of repertoire that will improve all aspects of one’s musicianship. Lessons are not a weekly practice or coaching session, but rather a time for me to help students with what they have already been practicing. More specifically, I help with embouchure formation, tone production, note reading, practice technique, musical phrasing, breathing, performance anxiety, rhythm, music theory, bad habits, or anything that will help the student make better music in the long term. I also frequently provide musical examples and inspiration by playing for my students.

Lesson Policies

Students are required to practice a minimum of fifteen to forty-five minutes per day (depending on the student’s age), six days per week.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own lesson materials, such as books, valve oil, metronome, etc. Piano students must also have a well maintained piano to practice on. High quality electric keyboards with 88 keys, weighted and touch sensitive, are acceptable.

I have a 24-hour lesson rescheduling policy. If a student fails to provide notice via phone, text or email at least 24 hours prior to the starting time of the lesson, or misses a lesson unannounced, they will be charged for the full lesson cost. If adequate notification is given, the lesson will be made up at a later date. Lessons MAY NOT BE MISSED WITHOUT MAKEUP. I do, however, allow students to miss lessons without makeup during the months of December and August (up to two lessons each month) and July (no limit), and one lesson for spring break.

With rare exception, all of my students take weekly lessons. Students who keep a regular, weekly schedule improve at a far better pace than those who miss frequently.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clavinova keyboard with weighted keys

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, jazz, and commercial, having experience in all three areas. I teach a lot of ear training and music theory regardless of the instrument.
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Lukas G. September 24, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Thanks Jay! All is going well and the lessons are certainly improving his skills!
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Butch W. April 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Listened to my comments of my progress on my own and then advised ways to improve. Not over selling and understood what my goals were in playing.
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Layla T. February 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 4 year old is very happy with Mr. Jay. She looks forward to her piano lessons and lights up when it is time to start :)
He is very patient with her and that encourages her to practice and get better.
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Jay E.

Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN 46220
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$31 / 30-min
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Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN

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 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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Ray September 13, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Josh made the lesson fun. Even after one day I could feel a difference in my singing.
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RAMIRO CALDERA September 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
I WILL LAKE TO SINGING
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Jenny June 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Had fun at my first lesson.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN 46250
(25)
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$32 / 30-min
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Olivier H.

Bloomington, IN

I have worked with students at all levels so whether you would like to learn how to read music notation or how to write a fugue I will be able to help.

About Olivier

My name is Olivier H. I am a horn player who received my MM in Horn Performance from Indiana University and am currently working on my DM. I have performed with Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Philharmonic as well as being a finalist for Macau Symphony and semi-finalist for New World Symphony. I have also performed in sections with Dale Clevenger, Jeff Nelsen and Elizabeth Freimuth. My teaching style relies on simplifying breathing and focusing on achieving the best possible musical results. I take into account each student's goals and desires and tailor lessons to get the end result
they want. I have worked with many beginning students as well so whether your goal is an upcoming school or ensemble audition or just trying to sound as beautiful as possible I will help you achieve your goals.
I also have a minor in music theory as well as years of theory tutor experience ranging from teaching how to read music notation to Schenkerian analysis.
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Seth S. May 23, 2016
Music Performance · Online
Verified Student
My son is extremely happy with his first lesson with Olivier! Looking forward to many more! Thank you!
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Denise D. March 3, 2016
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Fantastic instructor. There are not sufficient superlatives to describe his musicianship, patience, dedication, commitment, and ability to share his enthusiasm for this wonderful instrument. I doubted the efficacy of online lessons, but was sold from the start, all due to Oliver! I cannot recommend him enough!
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Allen Y. November 9, 2015
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Best class ever! Even better than class face to face. Olivier made the connection with 13 years old. We are very lucky to find him.
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Olivier H.

Olivier H.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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Regina H.

Indianapolis, IN

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 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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Violet R. June 12, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She was able to keep my daughter engaged and was very flexible with keeping up with my daughter's youthful personality.
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Lily M. March 5, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
Regina was great! She was very patient with Lily(a beginner ).Can't wait for our next class.
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Hanlin C. January 24, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Regina is a great teacher with patience and encouragment, she really knows her staff and quickly figured out what I was not doing right.I like her class
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Regina H.

Regina H.

Indianapolis, IN 46201
(4)
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$25 / 30-min
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Sara C.

Bloomington, IN

Basics from notereading all the wau thru to college preparatory. Analysis, ear training using piano as a guide to understanding music basics and for composing. Homeschoolers encouraged, great method books used. College students encouraged to improve grades with a tutor.

About Sara

Hi! My name is Sara. My studio began in 2000, teaching one violin student. I took a break and went to college to earn my A.A. in Music and my Piano Performance Certificate from Riverside Community College in California. I graduated Great Distinction and was on the Dean's list. I received many piano and academic scholarships. While in college I started my studio in Riverside California teaching Piano to an autistic child. I taught him 3 times a week and made exceptional progress. I enjoyed it so much I started teaching full time in 2008 teaching piano, harp, violin, voice, guitar, flute and cla
rinet. Soon I had 50 students and created a 501 (c) (3) non-profit music school. My students and I perform for the public, including nursing homes. The performances are important for the students progress as well as the Piano Guild where students are adjudicated by judges in a non competitive environment. Moving back to my hometown, I am excited to meet new students!
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Vanessa September 23, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Sara is personable, knowledgeable, and sweet :)
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Phyllis P. September 19, 2016
Harp · Online
Verified Student
Not only is Sara very musically adept, but like a true professional, she is very patient with me. I am one of Sara's older students, so her patience is greatly appreciated. Though this was my first time speaking to Sara via Skype, I felt like I've known Sara for years; she made me feel very comfortable. I can truly say that this professional relationship is undoubtedly one that was made in music heaven. I look forward to our next lesson!
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McKay T. September 10, 2016
Harp · Online
Verified Student
Love my harp lessons and my teacher!
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Sara C.

Sara C.

Bloomington, IN 47404
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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