Melody Music Shop

LESSONS

Trumpet Lessons

At Melody Music Shop, we provide music lessons for a wide variety of instruments and all experience levels.  From beginners making their first notes to seasoned performers looking to perfect their technique and expand their musical knowledge, our passion is to bring your musical skill to the next level.

In our fantastic location, we have great teachers and beautiful studios that will inspire you to play your best and to learn and grow musically.  We offer both instrumental and theory lessons for a wide variety of instruments including guitar, piano, voice, drums, violin, and much more. Our experienced teachers can help you improve technique, build skill, and perfect your sound.

Melody Music Shop provides lessons for students of ALL ages!  You'll love our teachers, spacious studio spaces, and easy-access location.  We also have plenty of space to hang out if you're waiting and free Wi-Fi!

  Price Family Discount Rate
30 Minute Lesson $19 $18
45 Minute Lesson $27 $26
60 Minute Lesson $35 $33

Our Teachers

Piano

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Ana Nelson
Piano (beginner)

Ana Nelson is a Bloomington-based clarinetist and saxophonist, hailing from Ripon, Wisconsin. Ana is a student at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing a MM in Jazz Studies and Clarinet Performance and works as an Associate Instructor in the jazz department. Ana holds a BM in Clarinet Performance and Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory. At home in many different genres, Ana has performed in a variety of groups at IU, including the IU Jazz Ensemble, Soul Revue, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of IU, Ana was a member of the popular Bloomington Motown girl group "The Vallures," where she played tenor sax. Ana has performed with artists such as Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michael Spiro, Andre Mehmari, and Billy Drewes. Ana has had a private teaching studio for over 5 years, and welcomes students in woodwinds, violin, beginning piano, and beginning voice.

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Craig Michael Davis
Piano (beginner to intermediate)

Craig Michael Davis is an internationally known composer, conductor, and pianist from California who currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, pursuing a Doctorate in Music Composition and Theory. Craig travels the world performing with ‘Command-E,’ which he founded in 2015. Receiving a Master’s Degree in Theory and Composition from the New York University, Craig studied predominately with Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe. Craig's most recent work Re-Creation, for String Orchestra, was premiered by the L'viv Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2015. For the theater, Craig is currently working on a piece entitled, “Letters to a Terrorist,” portraying one woman’s journey and life as the wife of the leader of a terrorist organization in Algeria.

As a pianist, Craig has toured the United States and Europe giving performances of his original works. He often collaborates with painters and dancers to create new works that last anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours. Craig has become increasingly interested in writing and performing music in cross collaborative-genre venues that deal with multiple mediums simultaneously.

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Cynthia Stacy
Piano

Cynthia Stacy has recently moved back to the Midwest after having worked on her masters degree in orchestral performance (bassoon) at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Richard Svoboda of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A Chicago native, Cynthia earned her bachelors of music at DePaul University, where she studied under multiple faculty members including Bill Buchman, associate principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cynthia is currently the head orchestral librarian at IU's Jacobs School of Music. Cynthia has taught piano and woodwind students of multiple levels for over 5 years.

 
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Juliet Gilchrist
Beginning Piano

Juliet Gilchrist is a native of Bloomington, IN, and is currently working on her Doctorate in voice performance at Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. She received her Bachelor's and Master's in Voice Performance, also from Indiana University. Juliet has been teaching voice lessons for over a decade and her teaching credentials include voice, beginning piano, and trumpet. She has a great love of music and strives to share that and to make learning fun.
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Christopher McConnell
Beginning Piano

Southern Indiana native Christopher McConnell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar and Choral Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Chris is in active guitarist in the Bloomington community and Midwest scene, playing in over 15 states as well as select international performances. His current gig is with country music singer/songwriter Jake Dodds serving as lead electric guitar and musical director. With a focus on choral music in his undergraduate studies, Chris has acquired a rich background in vocal instruction in both classical and popular styles. Chris welcomes students of all ages and musical backgrounds.
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Alex Pantos
Beginning Piano

Alex Pantos teaches electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with beginning piano, drums, and ukelele. He has spent the last four years studying classical guitar at the Jacobs School of Music, and has been gigging regularly for the past eight. He has recorded three full-length albums and written and released several EPs.  Alex is interested in taking students of all ages, experience levels, and musical interests. 
 

Riley Bland
Piano

Riley Bland is a junior studying for his bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. Riley can also get students started on their musical journey in piano. He has previously been involved with assistant teaching young students through Bloomington High School South’s Star Band. Riley always tries to incorporate fun techniques when learning a new instrument, as well as efficient ways to practice that will maximize productivity. Outside of teaching music, Riley enjoys hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

 

Guitars & Basses

Seth Dempsey
Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo

Seth Dempsey is a Texan from the small town of Azle, growing up in this rural setting naturally gravitated him toward folk/country/blues as a child. Shortly after picking up a guitar from a garage sale at the age of 10 he began to realize his love for music, and this love has continued to bloom ever since. Learning anything from Willie Nelson to Led Zeppelin and anything in between, he grew to love all genres of music, and quickly became the lead guitarist of any group he joined. Playing Rock, Blues, Jazz, Psychedelic, Country, Folk, and various other styles he felt he needed more of a challenge. When Seth was 19 he began his studies with Classical Guitar virtuosos Bryan Burns and Oscar Valdez, and quickly landed a very exclusive seat in the Classical Guitar program of Dr. Andrew Zohn in Columbus, Georgia. But, while study with Dr. Zohn, Seth found his heart lied in early music. Now Seth studies lute, archlute, baroque guitar, and various other historical instruments under the world renown lutenist and musicologist Nigel North. Seth has won several awards in the field of music, most recently Jacobs School of Music’s “Premier Young Artist Award”. Seth loves to teach all ages and help people find their own path in music, keeping a relaxed and fun environment while still pushing the student’s capabilities.

Will Devitt
Guitar, Bass, Bluegrass/Scruggs Style Banjo, Mandolin

Will teaches electric, acoustic and classical guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin. He has been a performer, composer, and guitar teacher for more than 20 years. He has taught in Japan and played with new music ensembles, poets, country dance bands and most recently with the progressive folk-pop duo, Davis + Devitt. Their 4th recording, "Midwestern Standard Time," is a collection of original compositions and jazz/pop standards.

Scott Grieb
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Scott holds MM and BM degrees in classical guitar performance (University of South Carolina, Eastern Michigan University). He is a student in the Ph.D. Musicology program at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where he has also studied both jazz and baroque period guitar styles. He is a faculty member in the Music in General Studies Department at the Jacobs School, where he teaches several courses including "Essentials of Songwriting,""American Country Music," and "Music in American Society." Scott is interested in classical, jazz, country and rock guitar styles and has been teaching for over 20 years. He is happy to accept advanced or beginning students of all ages.
 

Christopher McConnell
Guitar, Ukulele

Southern Indiana native Christopher McConnell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar and Choral Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Chris is in active guitarist in the Bloomington community and Midwest scene, playing in over 15 states as well as select international performances. His current gig is with country music singer/songwriter Jake Dodds serving as lead electric guitar and musical director. With a focus on choral music in his undergraduate studies, Chris has acquired a rich background in vocal instruction in both classical and popular styles. Chris welcomes students of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Alex Pantos
Guitar, Ukulele

Alex Pantos teaches electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with beginning piano, drums, and ukelele. He has spent the last four years studying classical guitar at the Jacobs School of Music, and has been gigging regularly for the past eight. He has recorded three full-length albums and written and released several EPs.  Alex is interested in taking students of all ages, experience levels, and musical interests. 
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Jason Smith
Beginning Guitar

Jason Smith, MBA, MT-BC, earned his BS in music therapy from Utah State University and completed his clinical internship in at Norristown State Hospital. In simple terms, music therapy is the creation of musical experiences that will improve a person’s life in specific ways. Music therapists help decrease anxiety and chronic pain, improve social skills and motor functioning, identify and process feelings associated with depression and loss and support improved memory and cognitive functioning. Music therapy is a research-based discipline but it always includes an element of fun and satisfaction. Jason has been privileged to work with people with addictions, psychiatric disorders, dementia, chronic pain, intellectual and physical disabilities and folks on hospice. Jason thinks outside the box to find creative ways to meet client needs. Jason is also available to teach drums and beginner guitar, including adaptive lessons for those with special needs. Come unlock the music inside you!

 

Stefan Lenthe
Bass Guitar

Bloomington native Stefan Lenthe has been playing electric bass since the age of 10 and double bass since the age of 12. Stefan is classically trained but is proficient in a wide variety of styles, most notably jazz, rock, funk, and several styles of Latin music. In 2014 Stefan, along with members of Bloomington High School North’s Trio Collective, won the Downbeat magazine award for best high school combo. He currently plays in the rock cover bands The Phunk Nasty’s and All Tuned Up, the Cuban Son Band Soneros La Caliza, and the Sinclair Trio at the West Baden Springs Hotel. In addition, Stefan has had the great fortune of jamming with such Jazz luminaries as Jeff Coffin, Jamey Aebersold, Corey Christianson, and Ralph Bowen. With plenty of live, studio, and teaching experience, Stefan is quickly establishing himself as one of the most reliable and tasteful bass players in the area.

Jon Wasserman
Guitar and Ukulele

Jonathan Wasserman is from New York and moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2013 to pursue his musical studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (IU) where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar and Ethnomusicology. He is currently a Master’s Student at IU where he studies historical performance lute. He has experience teaching classical, electric,folk guitar, along with experience playing and teaching the piano, lute, banjo, ukulele, sitar, bass guitar, voice and other various plucked stringed instruments. Jonathan has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York with the IU NOTUS Choir to ancient churches in London and Quito, Ecuador with Ensemble Lipzodes and Renaissance Brass. He is the guitarist,vocalist, and composer for the Indianapolis based group Giraffe House; lutenist, theorist, and baroque guitarist with the IU Baroque Orchestra and IU Concentus Ensemble; and is the musicdirector, lutenist and vocalist for a group of musicians preforming South American and Spanishbaroque music. He has also performed with the IU Guitar Ensemble and IU Latin American Popular Music Ensemble playing various plucked stringed instruments from around the world, as well as singing in various IU Choruses. Coupled with ensemble performances, he also regularly performs solo and chamber recitals on the classical guitar and historical plucked string instruments. As an ethnomusicologist Jonathan conducts research and performs on instruments such Indian Sitar, Zimbabwean Mbira Dzavadzimu, Malian Kora and Ngoni, and various South American folk instruments. Jonathan has a diverse musical background and is equipped and eager to teach students of all ages, musical interests, and skill levels.

Eli Schille-Hudons
Guitar

Eli Schille-Hudson is a classical, electric, and steel string guitarist who has called Bloomington home since 2013, when he came to pursue his studies at the Jacobs School of Music. He has since completed his undergraduate degree in classical guitar, enrolled in the master’s degree program, taught as an associate instructor in guitar at IU, and performed regularly as a soloist, sideman, and session musician in Bloomington, around the midwest, and his native Pacific Northwest. Eli has been lucky to study with some of the world’s finest pedagogues, including his current teacher, Maestro Ernesto Bitetti, and such renowned artists as Tilman Hoppstock and Nigel North. Eli enthusiastically welcomes students of all levels and ages, no matter what style they hope to pursue. As a teacher, Eli provides a relaxed, supportive atmosphere in which any student can grow and develop, and his methods draw on his wide-ranging experiences as a cultivated classical player, and an avid player of a host of popular styles on a wide variety of instruments.

 

Drums

Dave Dwinell
Drums/Percussion

Dave is currently the drummer for Nashville recording and touring artist Jake Dodds. Dave Received his Bachelor's in Percussion from The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and his Master's from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he also served as an Associate Instructor. In orchestral performance, Dave has appeared with multiple regional orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony and youth orchestras, Columbus, Evansville, Owensboro, Camerata, and Bloomington Pops orchestras. As a teacher Dave has taught numerous high school drumlines as well as front ensembles for drum corps. He has been a visiting instructor of percussion for Morningside College, served as a consultant for Marcato Independent indoor drumline, and an assistant band director.

Alex Pantos
Drums

Alex Pantos teaches electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with beginning piano, drums, and ukelele. He has spent the last four years studying classical guitar at the Jacobs School of Music, and has been gigging regularly for the past eight. He has recorded three full-length albums and written and released several EPs.  Alex is interested in taking students of all ages, experience levels, and musical interests. 

John Valdez
Drums

Often cited as one of the busiest drummers in Bloomington, John enjoys doing music as a full-time occupation. He has played for, perhaps most notably, Mary Wilson of the legendary Supremes as well as many other top-notch artists including Brent Wallarab, Jeremy Allen, Pat Harbison, Tom Walsh, Michael Lucas, Marlin McKay and Jason Wilbur. John studied Jazz Performance at IU’s Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Steve Houghton and David Baker. He currently plays in over a dozen bands, plays an average of four gigs each week and is proud to have recorded for multiple artists including Mighty Brother, Ross Martinie Eiler, Dave Bruker and others. In addition to maintaining an active gigging schedule John teaches anywhere from 10 to 20 students a week, instilling in the next generation of young drummers in Bloomington the values of hard work and dedication as well the pure joy of playing drums and making music. If you’ve always dreamed of being in a band or making money playing music, John would love to give you tools to do just that!

 

Luke Narey
Drums/Percussion

Luke is a founding member, drummer, engineer and producer of Bloomington-based rock band, Blue Rising (www.BlueRising.net).
They have topped the charts of online radio stations around the globe, played the NAMM convention in 2014, released 2 full length albums, headlined the biggest venues/festivals regionally, and have shared the stage with many national touring acts. Luke received lessons from Bloomington rock legend Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, Bon Jovi, and many more) and has privately given lessons for 6 years (students ages 6-70). His top priority is keeping it FUN by teaching with a 'visual learning/learn by ear/demonstrating' approach: a real life, interactive YouTube video. He will prepare you for real shows with real bands in 
the real world. His passion, dedication, and excitement for the art of drumming will inspire!
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Jason Smith
Drums

Jason Smith, MBA, MT-BC, earned his BS in music therapy from Utah State University and completed his clinical internship in at Norristown State Hospital. In simple terms, music therapy is the creation of musical experiences that will improve a person’s life in specific ways. Music therapists help decrease anxiety and chronic pain, improve social skills and motor functioning, identify and process feelings associated with depression and loss and support improved memory and cognitive functioning. Music therapy is a research-based discipline but it always includes an element of fun and satisfaction. Jason has been privileged to work with people with addictions, psychiatric disorders, dementia, chronic pain, intellectual and physical disabilities and folks on hospice. Jason thinks outside the box to find creative ways to meet client needs. Jason is also available to teach drums and beginner guitar, including adaptive lessons for those with special needs. Come unlock the music inside you!

 

 

Violin/Viola/Cello/String Bass

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Ana Nelson
Violin

Ana Nelson is a Bloomington-based clarinetist and saxophonist, hailing from Ripon, Wisconsin. Ana is a student at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing a MM in Jazz Studies and Clarinet Performance and works as an Associate Instructor in the jazz department. Ana holds a BM in Clarinet Performance and Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory. At home in many different genres, Ana has performed in a variety of groups at IU, including the IU Jazz Ensemble, Soul Revue, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of IU, Ana was a member of the popular Bloomington Motown girl group "The Vallures," where she played tenor sax. Ana has performed with artists such as Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michael Spiro, Andre Mehmari, and Billy Drewes. Ana has had a private teaching studio for over 5 years, and welcomes students in woodwinds, violin, beginning piano, and beginning voice.

Stefan Lenthe
Upright Bass

Bloomington native Stefan Lenthe has been playing electric bass since the age of 10 and double bass since the age of 12. Stefan is classically trained but is proficient in a wide variety of styles, most notably jazz, rock, funk, and several styles of Latin music. In 2014 Stefan, along with members of Bloomington High School North’s Trio Collective, won the Downbeat magazine award for best high school combo. He currently plays in the rock cover bands The Phunk Nasty’s and All Tuned Up, the Cuban Son Band Soneros La Caliza, and the Sinclair Trio at the West Baden Springs Hotel. In addition, Stefan has had the great fortune of jamming with such Jazz luminaries as Jeff Coffin, Jamey Aebersold, Corey Christianson, and Ralph Bowen. With plenty of live, studio, and teaching experience, Stefan is quickly establishing himself as one of the most reliable and tasteful bass players in the area.

Audrey Williams
Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass

Audrey Jo Williams, a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, has been teaching private lessons at Melody Music since the Fall of 2010. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, under the tutelage of James B. VanDemark, and Music Education, instrumental. Audrey’s teaching experience includes teaching beginner strings at Child’s Elementary for seven years, Grandview Elementary and Brown County Intermediate School. Audrey enjoys teaching beginners as well as preparing students for competitions, festivals and college auditions. She also gets great satisfaction teaching adults who are looking for a hobby and a tool to help with stress relief!
 
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Braxton Porter
Violin (beginner to advance), Viola (beginner to advance), Cello (beginner)

California boy, Braxton Porter is recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he received his Bachelors’ degrees in Bassoon Performance and Music Education (choral and instrument). Much of Braxton’s musical training has been on bassoon however he has extensive training on violin having been chosen to be a soloist at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His career as a multi-instrumentalist has taken Braxton across the United States, Europe, and China. Braxton is currently a graduate student at the Jacobs School of Music.

 

Winds

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Ana Nelson
Clarinet, Saxophone

Ana Nelson is a Bloomington-based clarinetist and saxophonist, hailing from Ripon, Wisconsin. Ana is a student at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing a MM in Jazz Studies and Clarinet Performance and works as an Associate Instructor in the jazz department. Ana holds a BM in Clarinet Performance and Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory. At home in many different genres, Ana has performed in a variety of groups at IU, including the IU Jazz Ensemble, Soul Revue, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of IU, Ana was a member of the popular Bloomington Motown girl group "The Vallures," where she played tenor sax. Ana has performed with artists such as Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michael Spiro, Andre Mehmari, and Billy Drewes. Ana has had a private teaching studio for over 5 years, and welcomes students in woodwinds, violin, beginning piano, and beginning voice.

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Cynthia Stacy
Bassoon

Cynthia Stacy has recently moved back to the Midwest after having worked on her masters degree in orchestral performance (bassoon) at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Richard Svoboda of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A Chicago native, Cynthia earned her bachelors of music at DePaul University, where she studied under multiple faculty members including Bill Buchman, associate principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cynthia is currently the head orchestral librarian at IU's Jacobs School of Music. Cynthia has taught piano and woodwind students of multiple levels for over 5 years.

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Braxton Porter
Flute (beginner to intermediate), Clarinet (beginner), Sax( beginner to intermediate), Bassoon (beginner to advanced)

California boy, Braxton Porter is recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he received his Bachelors’ degrees in Bassoon Performance and Music Education (choral and instrument). Much of Braxton’s musical training has been on bassoon however he has extensive training on violin having been chosen to be a soloist at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His career as a multi-instrumentalist has taken Braxton across the United States, Europe, and China. Braxton is currently a graduate student at the Jacobs School of Music.

 

Trent Tilford
Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Trent has taught band instruction for more than 20 years. He specializes in middle school and beginning band, for all instruments. He has performed professionally in Chicago. He holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree from Jacobs (Indiana University) School of Music, and is licensed in the medical healthcare field.

Juliet Gilchrist
Beginning Trumpet

Juliet Gilchrist is a native of Bloomington, IN, and is currently working on her Doctorate in voice performance at Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. She received her Bachelor's and Master's in Voice Performance, also from Indiana University. Juliet has been teaching voice lessons for over a decade and her teaching credentials include voice, beginning piano, and trumpet. She encourages students to pursue the type of music they most enjoy and want to sing. She has a great love of music and strives to share that and to make learning fun.

Alex Lowe
Trombone, Bass Trombone

Bass trombonist, Alex Lowe is an active freelance trombonist as well as an instructor of low brass.  He has played with numerous orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his symphonic experience, Alex plays in numerous ensembles ranging from large jazz bands to small ensembles including brass quintet and trombone quartet. He is also an active teacher in the Bloomington area.

Alex Lowe is a native of West Chester, Ohio and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Alex currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University (2014) and a Master’s in Music from Indiana University (2016). His past teachers include Garth Simmons, Dr. William Mathis, Dr. Chad Arnow, and Carl Lenthe. Currently he is a student of professor M. Dee Stewart.

 

Riley Bland
Clarinet

Riley Bland is a junior studying for his bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. Riley can also get students started on their musical journey in piano. He has previously been involved with assistant teaching young students through Bloomington High School South’s Star Band. Riley always tries to incorporate fun techniques when learning a new instrument, as well as efficient ways to practice that will maximize productivity. Outside of teaching music, Riley enjoys hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

 

Voice/Songwriting/Music Theory/Music Therapy

Lucas DeBard
Voice

Lucas DeBard is currently perusing a degree in Vocal Performance with an outside field in Musical Theatre at the Jacobs School of Music. He was the winner of the Songbook Academy in 2015. Since then, he has had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center, Palladium in Carmel Indiana, The Sunnylands in Palm Springs, NJPAC, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Colburn School, Birdland Jazz and even the National Anthem at a Colts game. He has performed along side Michael Feinstein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ana Gastyer, Marilyn Maye and Maddie Ballio. Lucas’s passion is singing and teaching repertoire from the Great American Songbook genre. He also has been a worship leader for Chi Alpha Student Ministry, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Bloomington, Lebanon 1st Baptist Church, Lebanon Christian church and Hanging Rock camp. Lucas has also taught drumset and has been a drummer for Chi Alpha, Lebanon Christian Church, Singing Hoosiers, Sugar Creek Big Band as well as many other combos and bands since his freshman year of high school. He continues to study drumset along side voice and theatre.
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Ana Nelson
Beginning voice

Ana Nelson is a Bloomington-based clarinetist and saxophonist, hailing from Ripon, Wisconsin. Ana is a student at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing a MM in Jazz Studies and Clarinet Performance and works as an Associate Instructor in the jazz department. Ana holds a BM in Clarinet Performance and Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory. At home in many different genres, Ana has performed in a variety of groups at IU, including the IU Jazz Ensemble, Soul Revue, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of IU, Ana was a member of the popular Bloomington Motown girl group "The Vallures," where she played tenor sax. Ana has performed with artists such as Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michael Spiro, Andre Mehmari, and Billy Drewes. Ana has had a private teaching studio for over 5 years, and welcomes students in woodwinds, violin, beginning piano, and beginning voice.

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Jason Smith
Music Therapy

Jason Smith, MBA, MT-BC, earned his BS in music therapy from Utah State University and completed his clinical internship in at Norristown State Hospital. In simple terms, music therapy is the creation of musical experiences that will improve a person’s life in specific ways. Music therapists help decrease anxiety and chronic pain, improve social skills and motor functioning, identify and process feelings associated with depression and loss and support improved memory and cognitive functioning. Music therapy is a research-based discipline but it always includes an element of fun and satisfaction. Jason has been privileged to work with people with addictions, psychiatric disorders, dementia, chronic pain, intellectual and physical disabilities and folks on hospice. Jason thinks outside the box to find creative ways to meet client needs. Jason is also available to teach drums and beginner guitar, including adaptive lessons for those with special needs. Come unlock the music inside you!

 

Juliet Gilchrist
Voice

Juliet Gilchrist is a native of Bloomington, IN, and is currently working on her Doctorate in voice performance at Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Voice Performance, also from Indiana University. She has won prizes at vocal competitions in Warsaw, Poland, and won third place in the Mirella Sembrich vocal competition in New York. Juliet has been teaching voice lessons for over a decade and her teaching credentials include voice, beginning piano, and trumpet. She loves working with all types of singers, voice types, and ranges. Her student’s repertoire has included music from Musical Theater, Classical Music, Opera, and pop music (ex. “Dream on” by Aerosmith, songs by Adele, Dixie Chicks, etc.). She strives to teach her students healthy voice production and encourages them to pursue the type of music they most enjoy and want to sing. She has a great love of music and strives to share that and to make learning fun.

Christopher McConnell
Voice

Southern Indiana native Christopher McConnell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar and Choral Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Chris is in active guitarist in the Bloomington community and Midwest scene, playing in over 15 states as well as select international performances. His current gig is with country music singer/songwriter Jake Dodds serving as lead electric guitar and musical director. With a focus on choral music in his undergraduate studies, Chris has acquired a rich background in vocal instruction in both classical and popular styles. Chris welcomes students of all ages and musical backgrounds.

David Smolokoff
Voice

David Smolokoff comes from West Long Branch, New Jersey and is currently studying at The Jacobs School of Music in pursuit of his masters degree in voice. David has taught voice and piano for several years and enjoys working with children and adults alike. Although a classically trainer opera singer, David sings and teaches voice regularly in a variety of styles including pop, musical theatre, jazz, and classical. His number one priority as a teacher is to make sure his students are learning what will be most beneficial to them to fulfill their musical goals. David’s fun-loving attitude, patience, and passion for quality music making make lessons a fun and enjoyable learning experience. David has been a soloist in the New York City area at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Morgan Library. He has been seen in musical theatre productions as the Beast in beauty and the Beast, Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and Tony in “West Side Story”. He will be playing the Witch in this year’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” at the Indiana University Opera Theatre. David holds a bachelors degree from The Juilliard School of Music.

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