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Janet B.

Indianapolis, IN

I've been teaching both piano and voice for almost 40 years. I taught elementary vocal/general/choral music in our local public school system for 32 years. I added teaching privately about 10 years later. I work with students ages 3 and up for piano, and ages 8 and up for voice. I welcome students of all levels of experience from the earliest beginner to the most advanced. The lessons are largely focused on technique, theory, and developing skills, and can be adapted to incorporate each students goals. I encourage my students to perform in various talent shows, and other avenues as they become available. We have a Recital every May, and all students are guided through the development of their selected music to take it from the beginning stages to having it ready to perform.

About Janet

Hi! My name is Janet, and I would like to be your new music lessons teacher! As a quick biography, I have 20+ 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 Indianap
olis. I retired in 2009 from teaching in the Indianapolis area public schools after 32 years of teaching elementary vocal/general/choral music.
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 ***
I expect my piano students to own either a 3-4 octave keyboard, or a piano. They are also 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 student, I use a combination of methods developed by several different voice instructors.
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susan lawrence May 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson and it went great! Janet is just the kind of teacher I was looking for. I am 67 and play the piano, but had not played in a long time. I want to get back to it and also learn some music theory which I never had. She is super nice, and makes you feel really relaxed. It was a very positive experience and I am looking forward to my lessons!
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natacha A. September 17, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
great

I really love working with Mrs Janet,she is funny,patient, she loves her job.
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Sandy M. October 31, 2012
Verified Student
So glad to have new experience

My teacher has given me great feedback and encouragement. I am glad I discovered your website and found someone in my area. This experience has been more than I would've expected and am delighted with the outcome.
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Janet B.

Janet B.

Indianapolis, IN 46268
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$21.50 / 30-min
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Don C.

Indianapolis, IN

About Don

Don grew up in Indianapolis, and began his musical interest in church as a 9 year old. "Most everyone sang the melody during the song service, and I wanted to be different. So I started picking out parts to sing by ear." His first formal music began in the fifth grade when he took up the trumpet. From there he became involved in band and choir in high school and went on to major in music at Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga. Later he earned a master's degree in music from Butler University, and studied voice and choral conducting at Pensacola Christian College for 2 summers.

He h
as traveled across most of the eastern United States as part of a college ensemble from 3 different colleges. He has performed in and directed numerous church musicals as well as performing in 2 college musicals.

Don has been a church music director, and has taught elementary, Jr. High and High School band and choir for 10 years. His own formal lessons have been in piano, trumpet, voice, and guitar, but Don studied all the band instruments in order to teach young band members to better play their instrument. He has also taught music on the college level for 15 years in courses such as voice, piano, trumpet, music history, music theory, etc.

Don is also a composer and arranger of numerous sacred choral pieces, and has written 4 Christmas cantatas, complete with drama.

Don and his wife have three sons, all of which followed his example and earned degrees in music, and are now active in performing or teaching music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that classical literature is an important basis for any music lessons. But I also want students to perform music that they enjoy. So I use a balance of both. For beginners, I use the basic methods books, but within a few weeks try to bring in music that the student will enjoy.

I believe one of the most important aspects of teaching music, is to create a love of music in the student. To be successful a student must practice because his/she loves music, not because he/she is forced to prepare for a lesson.

Subjects taught- voice, piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone (euphonium), french horn, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, music theory, music history, song writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, band instruments, recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
Sacred music, classical
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Don C.

Don C.

Indianapolis, IN 46227
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Yana W.

Bargersville, IN

About Yana

I have been teaching for more then 15 years, students of different ages and levels
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Pamela E. April 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Yana is a great teacher! My daughter loves going to her lessons because Yana makes them fun!
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Lenea M. October 30, 2014
Verified Student
After having searched for several months for a voice teacher for our daughter, we came upon "Take Lessons". They highly recommended Yana for our daughter and we have been truly impressed with her giftedness and ability to work with our daughter.

After only three months, we have heard a number of comments on the progress our daughter is making vocally and musically.

Yana is very personable and our daughter has quickly become a "fan". When I give her (Yana) five stars in the above rating, I mean what I say!
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Yana W.

Yana W.

Bargersville, IN 46106
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Sphie H.

Indianapolis, IN

Hi! I am a singer, songwriter, producer and yogi, and share my passion in music as a vehicle for inspiration, motivation and creative drive in others. I began singing at the age of eight and studied classical opera and musical theater in my youth. I discovered my knack for R&B and soul in high school and received my A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music in 2005.

I have recorded and co-produced five albums and have self-produced four music videos. When not touring and recording, I am teaching yoga, building costumes and offering skills to various communities nationwide.

Clients will receive instruction in a variety of styles including, but not limited to, pop, R&B, jazz and opera. Students will focus on technique and theory while integrating improvisation and live performance techniques. Songwriting is also offered as an option. Classes are tailored to fit student's needs in consideration of discovering and empowering the uniqueness of the individual.

About Sphie

Hi, my name is Sphie! I am a Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Yoga Instructor, Visual Artist and Producer. I have spent the past ten plus years teaching all ages and accept beginner to advanced students. I have spent the past ten years teaching in very different communities and to various demographics nationwide. I thrive on sharing self-empowerment and inspiring creativity, passion and life within others.

A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music in the Twin Cities, I specialize in classical vocal training and instrumentation as well as pop and improvisation fro
m an entertainment-industry standard.

I am also a Hatha/Vinyasa, ERYT200 Yoga Instructor specializing in Self-Regulation and Trauma Relief. I teach all age ranges from beginner to advanced. I have trained nationwide with instructors such as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Hala Khouri.

I have recorded and co-produced five albums and have self-produced four music videos. When not touring and recording, I am teaching yoga, building costumes and producing music videos. I also specialize in dance, movement and creativity as a tool for trauma relief.
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Scott L. April 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I would definitely recommend Sphie as a music mentor! She possesses a well-rounded set of musical talents and was very accommodating to my needs. I look forward to my future lessons with this teacher!
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Geetha P. December 2, 2014
Fitness · Online
Verified Student
Sophie is an excellent Instructor! Very understanding and flexible. She understands the goals and trains the students well. Great to have her as my Coach!
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Max Y. November 26, 2014
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Sphie is balanced, patient, and smart. Not much more you can ask for in a mentor and coach. So happy to have her help as I try to become a better singer!
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Sphie H.

Sphie H.

Indianapolis, IN 46205
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Dana S.

Fishers, IN

I've been teaching voice lessons for 8 years and my students have excelled at auditions and contests. Within the first few lessons, you will likely have an increased range and vocal stability and as time goes on you'll be able to follow your dreams. I specialize in Broadway, Opera, and Arts songs. I assign music based on level, ability, technical challenges, and the students likes. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

Piano is a great tool for a singer and 15 minute beginning level piano can be added to any half hour lesson.

About Dana

Dana S. has been teaching private lessons since 2006. Dana has helped students audition for professional theatre, develop a love of music, learn to read music, increase their range, and develop a positive and confident self-image. Her day job is as the executive director of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

Dana S. holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from DePauw University and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis. She was the administrator director of Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis and is currently the Executive Director of the Anderson
Symphony Orchestra. She has proctored auditions in New York City and adjudicated for ISSMA.

As a performer, Ms. S. has performed a wide spectrum of productions from professional opera and ballet to community theatre.

Dana structures lessons into three components: vocal exercises and warm-ups, sight-reading, and repertoire. Dana is patient, compassionate and enthusiastic. She will work to develop your skills and inspire a passion for music
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Rose S. April 16, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Dana is a great voice teacher. She has an extensive knowledge of music and vocal technique and has helped me improve greatly. She's very patient and has alot of experience in her field. I really recommend taking lessons with her you wont regret it!
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Dana S.

Dana S.

Fishers, IN 46037
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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