Todd Lamkin

Todd L.

Cicero, IN
Everything Todd Teaches

Levels taught:

    Todd teaches

    7 & Up

    Teaching since

    January 2003

    Average response time

    19.0 hours

    About Todd


    Music is my life, and is something that I want to share with others! Because of that, I try my best to give positive experiences to all of my students. I have a byline that says "Music is Much More than Just Learning Notes." I believe that! Anyone can learn notes, fingerings, etc. What I try to do is add that "soul" element that each person has and cultivate that into meaningful music!

    So, with all that said, here's what I try to instill:

    A lesson is a place to share! I listen to students as well as teach. We all have something we can learn from each other!

    While I want lessons to be fun and informative, I strive for complete understanding, which means any student will gain the needed mechanics with complete knowledge of why things happen and what they do to and for music. From there, I attempt to teach the "soul" of music and how emotion and spirit play a huge part in memorable music.

    I don't believe in brow-beating, but I also don't want to pass over things. I don't believe practice makes perfect, but I do believe practice increases awareness!

    I really try hard to help students move beyond the notes on the page. We may listen to music and describe how it makes us feel, or paint pictures both physical and mental of what the music is showing us. That is where I see the soul stepping in.

    My Education

    As stated before, I started on a little Magnus Organ. My grandmother told me years later that I would listen to television jingles and then try to play them on the organ!

    Once we settled in our permanent home, my parents brought home a piano and I began working first with Robert Warnick, a local music teacher in the schools. He taught scales and chords. Then, Midge Bishop took me through John Thompson Grade 3, but then had to move away. Finally, I studied under Victoria Hope, lasting 13 years until I went on to college. She taught me the fine art of piano by continually challenging me to approach each piece as an artwork. She had me use the music to paint the picture. Naturally, the element of the soul came through as I put color to music.

    My Experience

    Throughout my elementary through high school days, I immersed myself in band, choir and drama. I played piano at church starting very young. I then began trombone in the band during 4th grade. Upon entering high school, I joined choir and participated in marching band, concert band, pep band and jazz band. During those years, I picked up the rest of the brass instruments as needed by my band director. In choir, I excelled both in voice and on piano through accompaniment. Later in high school, I joined up with the drama department where we ultimately had the opportunity to write our own musical. By the time I entered college, I had mastered all the brass instruments, piano and snare drum.

    During college, I participated in the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, pep band, trombone choir, several pit orchestras, and the symphony orchestra. I also participated in the choir.

    Since that time, I have mastered the woodwinds, organ, drum set guitar and bass guitar and a little violin. I have over 25 years experience teaching lessons. They occurred off and on throughout my younger days.

    Subjects Taught

    Private lessons on all instruments and voices, Music Theory, Music History, Art History, Architectural History, Acting, set building, lighting and sound.


    Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Voice, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion

    Formal Education

    1984-89 Bachelor of Science in K-12 Music Education
    (Choral, Instrumental and General)
    Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

    1991-95 Master of Divinity in Theology and Ministry
    Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Ages Taught

    5 through 114 (I haven't seen anyone older, have you?) I believe it is a good idea that a child can read the written word. Reading music occurs in similar ways.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    I ask lots of questions so I can get to know you better. This is also an opportunity for you ask questions of me. At the beginning, I encourage parents to attend so they can see what these lessons entail. I give you assignments to work with and then you play them for me to receive praise and constructive suggestions. I also try to challenge my students to move beyond the normal curriculum to play other things that interest them.

    Depending on the instrument and the experience you have helps me determine what curriculum I want to use. Again, I cater my lessons to the needs you have and by how you like to learn!

    After 3 to 6 mos, I hope you have a good working knowledge of how music works and are now moving into intermediate level work. However, each student is different and work a different speeds. My main goal is for you to feel successful whenever you leave my studio!

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Baby Grand Piano, electronic Keyboard, Drum Set, Snare Drum

    Photos and Videos

    I'm the singer in this band redition of God Bless the Usa==


    Private Lessons teacher

    Jan 2002 - Present
    the Music House

    I have been teaching lessons in my home since 2002. I have had a wide variety of students with instruments varying from French horn to trumpet to trombone to guitar, piano and voice.


    Master of Divinity in ministry

    Jan 1991 - May 1995
    Christian Theological Seminary

    Bachelor of Science in Music Education

    Aug 1984 - Jul 1988
    Ball State University

    Languages Spoken


    Fluent / Native Proficiency


    Indiana teacher's license

    Jul 1988
    State of Indiana

    K-12 choral, Instrumental and general music

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    3 Reviews on Todd L.

    Jill S. Feb 14, 2013
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    My son has taken voice and then piano from Todd for about two years. Todd has proven to be patient, flexible and enthusiastic about my sons thoughts, ideas and interests. He has developed a very encouraging relationship with his student and my son feels comfortable speaking honestly and openly with him. Todd is gifted at his craft and has a true teachers heart.
    JimM1 May 3, 2012
    Todd is the real deal. A good teacher (not just someone who can play). I highly recommend him.
    GeorgeD Feb 25, 2012
    I'm not setting the world on fire but then I've only had three lessons, and I've had some personal issues. Todd has shown patience with me and no doubt he is aptly qualified as an instructor in a variety of ways.