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Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN

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 November (up to one lesson), 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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Olivier H.

Bloomington, IN

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 American Youth Symphony, 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 lesso
ns 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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Cassidy December 2, 2016
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Olivier is a great teacher! He helped me build confidence and tailors the lessons to your needs. He is easy to communicate with and exceeds expectations.
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Zachary October 9, 2016
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Mr. Olivier was very professional and well prepared. He gave my son great advice and took time to make sure he was comfortable. Very Knowledgeable.
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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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Olivier H.

Olivier H.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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$25 / 30-min
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Megan W.

Bloomington, IN

About Megan

Hello! I am a passionate private vocal instructor looking for students who love to sing, whether as a hobby or as a profession or anywhere in between. I am currently working on my masters in Vocal Performance at Indiana University. I believe in my students success and love to watch and provide support as you grow as a musician and singer. I am a classical singer who uses classical singing technique to inform my teaching of other genres. If you have any questions about the nature of voice lessons, please contact me!

I can help your singing move in any direction that you would like to go
! There are no limits on what can be done, and I want to help you achieve your goals, whatever they might be! My past students have had varied interests, and I have enjoyed working with all of my unique students in their own artistic areas of interest.
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Rebecca G. September 18, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
she is already helping me learn how to breathe and stretch my range
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Alexandra July 20, 2015
I think Megan is an amazing singer and performer! She is a wonderful friend and has true talent in the classical repertoire! I would highly recommend Megan as a teacher who is supportive and knowledgeable!
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Divija Nadella July 7, 2015
Choir · In studio
It was a really fun experience to learn many helpful techniques !
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Megan W.

Megan W.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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$25 / 30-min
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Justin B.

Bloomington, IN

About Justin

Justin Bird is a widely acclaimed pianist, teacher, arranger, and collaborator whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. He has represented New Zealand as a finalist in the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition, and was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. He won first prize in the inaugural NZ Kapiti Coast International Piano Competition and has appeared as a finalist in the prestigious NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, and MTNA National Young Artist Competition, USA. As a chamber musician he has twice been part of the winnin
g group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest

In addition to performing solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland, Wellington and National Youth Orchestras, Florida State University Philharmonia, and Indiana University Orchestra, Justin has performed several times with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has studied with Rae de Lisle, Bryan Sayer, Read Gainsford, and Marian Hahn, and is currently a Doctorate in Music candidate studying with André Watts at Indiana University.
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Lucy August 31, 2016
Piano · Online
Great teacher! Very insightful, knowledgeable, and patient.
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Justin B.

Justin B.

Bloomington, IN 47403
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Seth D.

Bloomington, IN

About Seth

Hello, my name is Seth. I just finished a 5 month study with the world renown classical guitarist Andrew Zohn, and I am beginning my studies with one of the world's leaders in Early Music, Nigel North, here at Jacobs School of Music. Early music being music composed before 1800. I can teach and play any style you would like to learn, I have conservatory training in the Classical Guitar field, and also in Lute, and Baroque Guitar. I have received several awards in the music field, the most recent being the "Premier Young Artist Award" here a JSOM.
I look forward to meeting you and I am here
to give you the best instruction of my ability and to help you achieve whatever it is that you would like to do in music, at a very reasonable price. Whether it is just a hobby or a full blown passion, I can help you better realize your potential.
Cheers!
- Seth
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Seth D.

Seth D.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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$15 / 30-min

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