Josh Lavender

Josh L.

Indianapolis, IN

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Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2011

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 contemporary 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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Experience

Piano/Vocal teacher
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
School of Rock

I was a piano and voice teacher at the School of Rock in Carmel Indiana.

Education

Master of Worship Studies
Jun 2015 - Present
Institute of Worship Studies
Music Performance
Sep 2009 - Apr 2012
Indiana Wesleyan University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CPR
Mar 2010
Red Cross

Awards

Songwriting Competition
Jun 2012
The Wesleyan Church

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2011

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

"Hope in Jesus," shot in Nashville, TN.
"Everything" by Lifehouse.
Singing in Marion, IN

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Singing with some of my best friends!
This is my studio!

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Another picture of the studio.

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Photo by Josh L.

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Photo by Josh L.

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Leading a conference in Marion, Indiana!

34 Reviews

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Karla Aug 15, 2017
Singing · In studio

Awesome!

Morgan M. Jul 11, 2017
Singing · In studio

First lesson for my 15 year old daughter went great! Josh is talented, helpful, professional, and kind.

Tess May 1, 2017
Singing · Online

Maggie Apr 10, 2017
Singing · Online

Very good with kids! Great first lesson for my daughter.

Melissa Mar 8, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

It was a great lesson. Learning a lot to better my vocals.

Jill Ramos Dec 22, 2016
Piano · In studio

Absolutely fantastic educator. Josh positively and energetically instructs each and every lesson. His musical knowledge base, as well as sheer talent, is impressive, and he readily shares this with his students. My 12-year old daughter has greatly improved from his piano tutelage in the last 18 months. I would recommend Josh Lavendar to everyone of all ages.

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Cortnie Dec 22, 2016
Songwriting · Online

Josh is a fantastic teacher. I learned so much from him and I highly recommend him as a teacher. He is positive and very knowledgeable.

Jackson Dec 21, 2016
Singing · Online

He does a great job at making me feel comfortable enough to be confident but not so comfortable that I don't challenge myself and progress. Great teacher! I highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to sing well.

Janie Oct 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

Best ever!

Ray Sep 13, 2016
Singing · Online

Josh made the lesson fun. Even after one day I could feel a difference in my singing.

RAMIRO CALDERA Sep 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

I WILL LAKE TO SINGING

Jenny Jun 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Had fun at my first lesson.

Kristy Y. Jun 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Had good experience at first lesson.

Jenny Jun 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Not too impressed by the first lesson. Expect better in the future classes.

Kc C. Jun 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Within 5 minutes of my first lesson, I immediately felt confident in my decision to take vocal lessons! I could go on in great detail, but I'd rather go PRACTICE! In all seriousness, Josh is simultaneously enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I greatly look forward to my next lesson!

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Jennifer S. May 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

Really fun!

Cortnie May 3, 2016
Songwriting · Online

Talented and insightful teacher!

Annie Jan 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Josh is enthusiastic, knowledgable, and fun. He helped Annie be at ease right away. We are looking forward to more lessons.

Anna B. Jan 19, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio

Anna loved it! She can't wait for her next class!

Jerry Lee Nov 30, 2015
Singing · In studio

It was my first lesson with Josh. Josh was very accommodating, knowledgeable and very approachable. Very pleasant experience and I am looking forward to getting more lessons from him.

Linda G. Nov 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great teacher. Makes it so much fun!!

Sebastian K. Oct 13, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great teacher.

Samantha R. Sep 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

I think Josh is a great instructor. He is knowledgeable and positive and is very enthusiastic about music. I am enjoying my piano lessons a great deal.

Linda G. Sep 21, 2015
Piano · In studio

Love it!!!! Josh is great!!!

Jill Ramos Aug 31, 2015
Piano · In studio

Josh's personality and approach make my daughter's piano lessons fun and interesting. He is great!

Oliver D. Jan 24, 2015
Piano · Online

GREAT TEACHER!!!!

I am currently taking online Piano lessons from Josh.
(With the emphasis being on Christian music)

So far it has been a great experience. Josh is a super cool guy and has very calm, easy-going, and joyful personality. All these things combined make for a pleasant environment.

I have not taken any piano lessons before Josh (I was very much at the beginner level when I started my lesson). Josh did a great job of easing me into the piano without overwhelming me with information and/or techniques.

With his background, I feel like Josh is over-qualified to teach the piano - especially to beginners like myself, but he did a great job of teaching the basics and moving to more advanced techniques based on my skill level and the way I was progressing.

He also did a great job of challenging me to take my piano lessons to the next level without overwhelming me. He has definitely helped out tremendously in helping me learn the piano thus far and highly recommend him as a teacher.

He has a great structure to the course but also leaves room for the student to give input on things that they may want to learn, such as: songs, techniques, etc.

Additionally, he has done a great job of making the piano make sense. For example, sometimes I can get lost with all the different ways to play a chord, but he helped explain it in simple terms that makes sense.

I have learned so much from Josh in such a short amount of time and like I said, I highly recommend you take him as your teacher.. Great Teacher!

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Adam F. Aug 20, 2014
Piano · In studio

Josh is a student of his craft. He works hard to be the best and is great at teaching others to be excellent as well. He has a very creative approach to teaching and understands a lot of different styles. I have taken years worth of lessons and as an improv type artist myself, Josh has helped teach me a number of elements that were outside my knowledge base. Solid guy and a solid instructor.

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Andy L. Aug 15, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Mr. Josh L. was incredibly helpful in my development as a vocalist. His demeanor was perfect in instructing me during our sessions by being very picky in technique but never intimidating. It was refreshing to take lessons from someone who is able to teach from experience and not just from some backyard choir.

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Andrew S. Aug 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Josh has literally transformed my musical life. From his firsthand knowledge and experience in the musical community to his passion and joy in sharing the gift of music with everyone, Josh can help you grow by leaps and bounds in your musical arena. If you are looking for someone who has a genuine heart and kind demeanor to educate any level of vocal skill, look no further!

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Jordan E. Aug 11, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

I've never met anyone more passionate about singing or about teaching others how to properly sing. Mr. Josh himself is an up-and-coming vocalist, and I'm honored that he's taken so much time to invest in myself and others!

Mr. Josh has done a fantastic job of making me feel confident as a vocalist, while simultaneously giving me consistent advice on how to improve my voice. I never leave disappointed with myself, but instead always leave feeling like I've made lots of progress!

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Pam V. Jul 30, 2014
Piano · In home

Josh is very up beat and encouraging. He try's different ways of learning. He's a great teacher.

Elaine S. Jun 24, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Josh is a fantastic all-round teacher...you will love him! He can sing and teach technical music but can also sing and teach contemporary pieces. That's a great mix and one that I think you will find useful! Josh is very personable and easy to communicate with. If you are a beginner or an advanced student, I believe you will find what you are looking for with Josh Lavender!! You won't be sorry!!

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Sam K. Jun 11, 2014
Singing · In studio

Josh is a great teacher with an obvious passion for music! He is easy going, energetic, and fun in his lessons. He is knowledgeable and has a lot of experience in writing original music and performing in many venues. He has great aural skills and can help with developing the ability to harmonize and sight sing. I highly recommend him to any aspiring musician of any age!

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Benjamin K. Jun 1, 2014
Singing · In studio

Josh is an incredible artist and a fantastic teacher. He teaches his student to sing with freedom, which brings out their own personal style. He is especially good at teaching harmony and ear training. Josh Rocks!

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