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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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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Lauren Arel
Piano (beginner to intermediate)

Lauren Arel is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Oboe from the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University under the direction of Professor Linda Strommen. She is an avid teacher and performer throughout the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Oboe Performance and Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Lauren has recently studied under the direction of Mark Hill and Fatma Daglar.

Lauren has played in many different ensembles including the University Orchestra at Indiana University, Second Winds Ensemble, Willimantic Philharmonic, University of Maryland Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. She has accompanied Capital Hill's Voice Ensemble on Handel's Messiah, and has played in pit orchestras for productions such as Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, Mozart's Idomeneo, and Les Miserables. She thoroughly enjoys playing chamber music and learning new music as well. In addition to performing, Lauren has recently held the position of Chorus and General Music Teacher at RHAM Middle School in CT during the 2015 - 2016 school year.

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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. 
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Sarah Miller
Beginning Piano

Sarah Miller is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in conducting in 2012. She has experience working in both general and secondary music settings. While at IU she was a part of the Singing Hoosiers and as a part of this ensemble, she was able to travel around the world singing and performing. She studied voice at IU with Marietta Simpson and learned many useful techniques. Sarah has experience singing many genres of music including musical theatre, opera, Jazz, and popular styles. Sarah has developed different methods of how to incorporate these styles into her teaching. Sarah is also the director of the IUCC Chamber choir.
 

Marcus Simmons
Beginning Piano

Marcus Simmons is a bass-baritone who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) magna cum laude in 2011, his Master’s Degree from Miami University (MU) in 2013 and is pursuing his Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Simmons is a first prize winner of the Jesse F. Anderson Sr. vocal competition, the James. T. Townsend Vocal Scholarship award, a finalist in the 2013 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition and a 2013 Second prize winner in the Buckeye National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. He has also had the pleasure of singing for such dignitaries as Mayor John Street, Mayor Sheila Dixon, Mayor Michael Nutter, Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass, Governor Edward G. Rendell, US Ambassadors to China, Vietnam, Japan and South Africa, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Marcus welcome beginning piano students.

Anju Chandy
Piano

Anju Marie Chandy, a native of Bakersfield, California, is an experienced and versatile performing musician living in Bloomington, Indiana. Anju plays keyboards with the Vallures and is a violinist in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with Jazz Studies Certificate and a secondary emphasis on violin from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Anju is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and teaches private and group piano, violin, viola, drum set, and music theory lessons.

 

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.

Justin O'Connor
Guitar, Ukulele

Justin has been playing the guitar since the age of six years old and is currently finishing his classical guitar performance undergraduate degree at the Jacobs School of Music and will continue into a Masters of Music in Fall 2014. He currently plays in a funk based cover band, and he has played guitar and bass for several other rock/jazz bands in the past. Justin can teach many styles of guitar including electric, acoustic, blues, jazz, classical, and finger-style. He can teach students of all ages. His goal for his students is to teach them in a way that is fun and exciting, and to help them understand the theory behind the music they wish to learn. Justin can also teach bass guitar and beginning drum lessons

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.

Sarah Miller
Beginning Guitar

Sarah Miller is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in conducting in 2012. She has experience working in both general and secondary music settings. While at IU she was a part of the Singing Hoosiers and as a part of this ensemble, she was able to travel around the world singing and performing. She studied voice at IU with Marietta Simpson and learned many useful techniques. Sarah has experience singing many genres of music including musical theatre, opera, Jazz, and popular styles. Sarah has developed different methods of how to incorporate these styles into her teaching. Sarah is also the director of the IUCC Chamber choir.
 

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. 

Matt McConahay
Bass

Matt McConahay is a Bloomington, Indiana native and is a working bassist based out of his hometown. He is a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Program where he’s had the chance to learn and play with the excellent staff there and is grateful to have such an outstanding music program in his own backyard. He is finishing up his Bachelors in Bass Performance where he studied with Jeremy Allen. Outside of the ADBB he has played with many bands; he currently plays with The Scimonelli Trio, The Stardusters, Sarah’s Swing Set, and Quarteto Tanguero regularly. McConahay is comfortable with and enjoys many styles from jazz, funk, to tango and more.

Michael Johnson
Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo

Michael has been playing and teaching music since 1972. He teaches the fundamentals of the various genres while emphasizing playing by ear and developing your own style. His main influences have been the greats of folk-style fingerpicking and flatpicking as well as clawhammer and bluegrass banjo. Mike gladly accepts students of any age or ability level.
 

Matt Sutton
Guitar, Ukulele, Dulcimer and Banjo

Matt Sutton was born in Bloomington, IN, where he began teaching himself how to play the electric guitar at the age of 14. Matt has over 10 years' experience teaching private students of all ages and skill levels, and 3 years experience teaching group guitar classes at Indiana University. He also has over 15 years’ experience performing hundreds of concerts as a guitarist in various musical settings including Symphony orchestras, Blues Ensembles, Rock/Metal bands, Musicals, Guitar Ensembles, New Music Ensembles, as a Solo Guitarist, and various Chamber Music groups consisting of many different families of orchestral instruments. Matt has intensively studied and performed at least 5 hours of different solo classical guitar repertoire by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tarrega, Brouwer, Ponce, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos & many more. He has also arranged piano pieces, and even movements of full symphonies to be played on the solo guitar. Matt currently lives in Bloomington, IN where he is actively teaching private and group lessons, performing, composing, and recording & producing a wide variety of musical artists. Matt holds an Associate’s degree in Audio Engineering from Vincennes University, and a Bachelor & Master of Music, and Performer Diploma degree in classical guitar performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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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.

 

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.

Chris Parker
Percussion

Chris Parker is a multi-instrumentalist that has over 9 years of performing experience. As a concert euphonium/trombonist and jazz drummer, he has performed with groups such as the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, Ralph Bowen Quartet, Jim Snidero Quartet, Monika Herzig Group, and the Post Modern Jazz Quartet to name a few. Chris is pursing two degrees at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music: Music Education with euphonium instrumental focus and Jazz Studies with jazz percussion instrumental focus. He has studied on the euphonium with renowned tubist Dan Perantoni, and on drums with legendary jazz percussion educator Steve Houghton.

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 studied Jazz Performance at IU’s Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Steve Houghton and David Baker and has performed alongside the likes of Brent Wallarab, Jeremy Allen, Pat Harbison, Tom Walsh, Rob Dixon, Michael Lucas, Marlin McKay and many more. He currently plays in over a dozen bands, averaging four shows per week, and is proud to have recorded for multiple artists including Mighty Brother, El Cuervo Sucio, 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

Keaton Butler
Cello

Keaton Butler is a Recording Arts major with a Cello Performance concentration at the Jacobs School of Music. She has been playing Cello in classical orchestras and chamber groups from the age of 9 and most recently was a member of the University Orchestra at IU. Keaton is a cellist and vocalist for local Bluegrass/Country band The Indianapolis Colts. She is also the frontwoman and vocalist for touring band Kiki & the Vettes. Beyond technique and theory Keaton strives to provide students with the tools and motivation to create music of their own.

Anju Chandy
Fiddle, Violin, Viola

Anju Marie Chandy, a native of Bakersfield, California, is an experienced and versatile performing musician living in Bloomington, Indiana. Anju plays keyboards with the Vallures and is a violinist in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with Jazz Studies Certificate and a secondary emphasis on violin from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Anju is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and teaches private and group piano, violin, viola, drum set, and music theory lessons.

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.
 

Matt McConahay
Upright Bass

Matt McConahay is a Bloomington, Indiana native and is a working bassist based out of his hometown. He is a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Program where he’s had the chance to learn and play with the excellent staff there and is grateful to have such an outstanding music program in his own backyard. He is finishing up his Bachelors in Bass Performance where he studied with Jeremy Allen. Outside of the ADBB he has played with many bands; he currently plays with The Scimonelli Trio, The Stardusters, Sarah’s Swing Set, and Quarteto Tanguero regularly. McConahay is comfortable with and enjoys many styles from jazz, funk, to tango and more.

Audrey Williams
Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass

Audrey Jo Williams is a freelance Double Bassist and Music Teacher in Bloomington, Indiana. She teaches at three different locations; Childs Elementary, Brown County Intermediate School and Melody Music Shop. Audrey is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (under the tutelage of James B. Van Demark) and Music Education, instrumental. She is currently Principal Bassist for the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, where she serves on the Board of Directors as President. Audrey has been teaching all levels and ages at Melody Music Shop since the Fall of 2011.
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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

Chris Parker
Reeds, Brass

Chris Parker is a multi-instrumentalist that has over 9 years of performing experience. As a concert euphonium/trombonist and jazz drummer, he has performed with groups such as the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, Ralph Bowen Quartet, Jim Snidero Quartet, Monika Herzig Group, and the Post Modern Jazz Quartet to name a few. Chris is pursing two degrees at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music: Music Education with euphonium instrumental focus and Jazz Studies with jazz percussion instrumental focus. He has studied on the euphonium with renowned tubist Dan Perantoni, and on drums with legendary jazz percussion educator Steve Houghton.

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.

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Lauren Arel
Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Beginner Flute

Lauren Arel is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Oboe from the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University under the direction of Professor Linda Strommen. She is an avid teacher and performer throughout the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Oboe Performance and Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Lauren has recently studied under the direction of Mark Hill and Fatma Daglar.

Lauren has played in many different ensembles including the University Orchestra at Indiana University, Second Winds Ensemble, Willimantic Philharmonic, University of Maryland Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. She has accompanied Capital Hill's Voice Ensemble on Handel's Messiah, and has played in pit orchestras for productions such as Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, Mozart's Idomeneo, and Les Miserables. She thoroughly enjoys playing chamber music and learning new music as well. In addition to performing, Lauren has recently held the position of Chorus and General Music Teacher at RHAM Middle School in CT during the 2015 - 2016 school year.

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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.

 

 

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.

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.
 

Sarah Miller
Voice

Sarah Miller is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in conducting in 2012. She has experience working in both general and secondary music settings. While at IU she was a part of the Singing Hoosiers and as a part of this ensemble, she was able to travel around the world singing and performing. She studied voice at IU with Marietta Simpson and learned many useful techniques. Sarah has experience singing many genres of music including musical theatre, opera, Jazz, and popular styles. Sarah has developed different methods of how to incorporate these styles into her teaching. Sarah is also the director of the IUCC Chamber choir.

Marcus Simmons
Voice, Music Theory and Songwriting

Marcus Simmons is a bass-baritone who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) magna cum laude in 2011, his Master’s Degree from Miami University (MU) in 2013 and is pursuing his Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Simmons is a first prize winner of the Jesse F. Anderson Sr. vocal competition, the James. T. Townsend Vocal Scholarship award, a finalist in the 2013 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition and a 2013 Second prize winner in the Buckeye National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. He has also had the pleasure of singing for such dignitaries as Mayor John Street, Mayor Sheila Dixon, Mayor Michael Nutter, Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass, Governor Edward G. Rendell, US Ambassadors to China, Vietnam, Japan and South Africa, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
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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!

 

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