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About Jay E.

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Indianapolis, IN

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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 14 years. For eight years, I had a studio of around 50 students in the Dallas area where my students have performed at eve
nts such as the state solo and ensemble contest in Austin, and in groups such as the Texas All State Band, and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra to name a few. I relocated to Indianapolis in 2015, and have enjoyed teaching lessons through Fall Creek Vally Middle School and Paige's Music. Through the years 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 ***
Baldwin upright piano
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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Juwan F. February 12, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very patient and encouraging to my son.
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Calie R. January 25, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Jay did a very good job of comminicating with my twelve-year-old daughter on her level. He kept her first lesson simple, yet did not talk down to her.
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Lukas G. September 24, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In home
Thanks Jay! All is going well and the lessons are certainly improving his skills!
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Jay E.

Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN 46220
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About Olivier H.

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Bloomington, IN

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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
Verified Student · French Horn · Online
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
Verified Student · French Horn · Online
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
Verified Student · Music Performance · Online
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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About Fred P.

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Bloomington, IN
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I am an egalitarian pacifist opera, classical & jazz music lover. My mentor was the late, Karl Haas who taught through the NPR program, "Adventures in Good Music". For a singer mentor, I look to John McCormack, John Denver, Tito Schipa, Giuseppe di Stefano, David Gates from Bread, George Benson, Daryl Hall, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Luciano Pavarotti.
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Fred P.

Fred P.

Bloomington, IN 47404
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$30 / 30-min

About Sara C.

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Bloomington, IN
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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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Eliana January 21, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
This was my daughter's first lesson. My daughter was pretty nervous at first, but Sara made us both feel very comfortable and at ease. She has such patience and grace and her kindness just flows from her. She puts a smile on your face and assures confidence within you that you can learn to play the violin. We look forward to many more lessons with Sara! Thank you Sara, and God bless you!
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Brenda R. January 18, 2017
Verified Student · Harp · Online
Sara is fabulous! Can't wait to take another lesson!
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Sherol November 21, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
Sara is very pleasant to work with. She is patient, kind and she has a good warm heart. I will definitely continue to have her as my instructor! She's awesomely talented!!!
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Sara C.

Sara C.

Bloomington, IN 47404
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About Seth D.

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Bloomington, IN

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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.
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- Seth
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Seth D.

Seth D.

Bloomington, IN 47401
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