Jay Ellsmore

Jay E.

Indianapolis, IN
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Performance anxiety is something that many musicians deal with to some degree. I am great with helping my students overcome many of the common fears associated with performing, having overcome many of them myself!

About Jay E.

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. I currently hold positions with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (principal trumpet), Lafayette Symphony Orchestra (second trumpet), and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (second trumpet). I also play regularly with the White River Brass and am the lead trumpet in the Starry Knights Big Band.

I have been teaching privately for 18 years having as many as sixty students at one time. My students have performed at events 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 and have been invited to audition at the Julliard School of Music. I relocated to Indianapolis in 2015, and have enjoyed teaching lessons in Lawrence, Fishers, and Avon. 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 an 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 ***

Bach Stradivarius B flat and C trumpets
Schilke piccolo trumpet
Stomvi E flat/D trumpet
Various bugles for horse racing events

Young Chang grand piano
Baldwin spinet piano
Yamaha 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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10 Reviews
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Very positive experience. Talked to me to get history and needs. Very helpful. Happy to continue lessons with him.

Posted Sep 23, 2018
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When we got there, we could hear Jay warming up, and the sound was amazing. Once we started, he was very positive and explains and teaches things in a way that makes sense to me and makes me feel like I can do this. Confidence has been a problem so far; I'm thinking I might be able to get past that and learn to enjoy playing my trumpet more.

Posted Aug 13, 2017
Juwan F.
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Very patient and encouraging to my son.

Posted Feb 12, 2017
Calie R.
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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.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
Lukas G.
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Thanks Jay! All is going well and the lessons are certainly improving his skills!

Posted Sep 24, 2016
Butch W.
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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.

Posted Apr 5, 2016
Layla T.
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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.

Posted Feb 13, 2016
Sophie V.
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My daughter is actually excited about practicing!

Posted Jan 15, 2016
Angie N.
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I have three children taking piano lessons with Mr. Jay. We have been with him for almost two years now. He is wonderful with the kids, amazingly patient with my seven year old daughter, and very flexible with his schedule. I would definitely recommend him. He is fantastic.

Posted Mar 5, 2015
Sandra D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Jay has been very helpful in getting me started on the trumpet again. He is great at teaching techniques and is very knowledgeable about music.

Posted Jul 15, 2014

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Principal Trumpet
Sep 2019 - Present

Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra

Performer with the orchestra.

6th grade trumpet instructor
Aug 2018 - Present

Riverside Intermediate/Junior High, Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Teaching daily trumpet class of 35 students

Private Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present

Fall Creek Valley Middle School, Riverside Junior High, Avon Middle School North

Teaching trumpet lessons during band classes.

Private Instructor
Sep 2007 - Sep 2015

Rockwall, Mansfield, Forney, Royse City ISD

Taught roughly 50 students a week for 7 years.


Master of Music
Aug 2005 - May 2007

University of Northern Colorado

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