Lessons

At Melody Music Shop, LLC 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!

 

* We are now open for in-person lessons. We also offer virtual lessons through Zoom. There have been a few changes to our policy and procedures we have put in place to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of our instructors and staff. Masks are now required in the lesson rooms, our instructors have been trained on proper cleaning procedures. 

**We will continue to monitor changes in state and federal guidelines as they become available and will make appropriate adjustments if needed. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us.

 

Lesson Prices

Price* Family/Military Rate
30-minute lesson$20$19
45-minute lesson$28$27
60-minute lesson$36$34
* Family rate - when you have more than one family member taking lesson or you’re taking lessons with two teachers or more

Payment Program

  • When you sign up for lessons, you are signing up for the same time slot each month
  • Around the 20th of each month, (10 days before the 1st of the next month) we will send an invoice for the following month for online payment. You will have 5 days to pay the invoice.
  • If you wish to discontinue lessons, you must let us know by the 20th of each month, to not be charged for the coming month.
  • Once the card has been charged, a refund will not be issued.
  • Refunds for any lessons not given will be in the form of a gift card

Make-up Lessons & Cancellations

  • If the student cancels a lesson, we will provide the option for one make-up lesson per month – anymore cancellations will be a credit towards the teacher.
  • The student needs to give a notice of 4 hours or more to be offered a make-up.
  • A make-up lesson will not be given if the student cancels within the 4-hr window.
  • In the event of a teacher or store-cancelled lesson, the student will have the option to request a make-up lesson or have the payment credited to the next month.
  • The student/parent is responsible for contacting the lesson coordinator about a make-up lesson.
  • A student has 30 days from the date of the missed lesson to schedule a make-up lesson or the payment is issued to the teacher.
  • You will not be charged for a holiday that the store is closed. Please notify us ahead of time if there is another holiday you need to miss and we can arrange an optional make-up lesson.
  • Regular cancellation/make-up policies apply during school breaks (fall break, Christmas break, spring break, etc.) as the lessons program will continue regularly during those times.

Contact Information

www.melodymusicshop.com
Lesson Coordinator: Chloe
Lessons@MelodyMusicShop.com
Phone: 812-336-6319

Our Teachers

Our experienced instructors can help you improve technique, build skill and perfect your sound. Their wide range of playing styles and music genres makes the learning process unique to each student!

Piano

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.

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.

Carol Smock
Piano

Carol Smock has been taking piano lessons and performing for 15 years, and in May of 2019 she graduated with a bachelor’s of music education degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, emphasis in piano. During her undergraduate studies, she taught an average of 20 students a semester, worked as a collaborative pianist in multiple settings, including several musical theater productions, and she also studied voice and organ. She student taught elementary general music and middle school choir and piano during her last semester. She recently moved to Bloomington, in May of this year, where she continues to teach both piano and voice.

Guitars & Basses

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.

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.

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.

Peter Pendowski
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Peter Pendowski has been praised for his agile and expressive playing. The Chicago born guitarist has studied under celebrated Argentinian guitarist Ernesto Bitetti, and published guitar virtuoso Paul Henry. He holds a BM in Guitar Performance from Indiana University’s acclaimed Jacobs School of Music, where he received a full-tuition scholarship from the Jacobs family. He is continuing his graduate studies there, currently pursuing a Masters Degree and plans to receive his DM in Guitar. He has played electric guitar with various groups including the IU Singing Hoosiers and Bloomington BEAT Show Choir. He also teaches ukulele and bass guitar.

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.

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!

John Donlon
Drums

Born in the legendary music city of Memphis, Tennessee, John grew up around many greats from Blues, Funk, Rock, and Country genres. This sparked him to pick up the drums over a decade ago. Since moving to Bloomington, John has studied under Luke Narey (10 Years, Brave The Royals, Blue Rising) for multiple years, and taken instruction at Indiana University for Jazz and Latin Percussion.
This has led to performing or recording with roughly 10 different groups including Dacota Muckey, Jukebox Luke, Flow Switch, and Elm Heights to name a few. These connections have taken him to several different states, playing at music festivals and other reputable venues, opening up for national and regionals acts such as Clayton Anderson, Hairbanger’s Ball, & Jake Dodds, along with great Bloomington Bands like Huckleberry Funk, The Vallures, Fat Pockets, & the Dynamics. John has a fun, easy-going attitude with all the experience and skill to prepare you for success whether it be studio work, songwriting, or playing live in ANY genre.

Violin/Viola/Cello/String Bass

Braxton Porter
Violin, Viola, Cello *Virtual lessons only

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.

Laurel Gagnon
Violin

Laurel Gagnon is establishing herself as a gifted American violinist, recently winning the fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition. The Straits Times wrote she “made the violin sing with a naturalness that was both disarming and distinctive.” In 2013 she began her studies with Lithuanian violinist Ben Sayevich at Park University’s International Center for Music. She received her Master of Music degree in 2019, and is currently continuing her education with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Laurel performs on the 1719 Carlo Tononi violin, provided on loan from the Rin Collection.

Winds

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.

Braxton Porter
Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Bassoon *Virtual lessons only

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.

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.

Voice/Songwriting/Music Theory/Music Therapy

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.

Anna Donnelly
Voice

Anna Donnelly is an operatic soprano, born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a senior at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Youth Development. Anna is passionate about teaching as well as performing. She has appeared in a number of IU Opera Theater productions including L’elisir d’amore, Three Hermits Opera, Parsifal, and Dialogues des Carmelites in which she sang the role of Sister Constance. In the Summer of 2018, Anna appeared as the Second Spirit in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s production of The Magic Flute.  In July 2018, she attended the Music in the Marche program in Mondavio, Italy. Anna is a student of Alice Hopper.

Carol Smock
Voice

Carol Smock has been taking piano lessons and performing for 15 years, and in May of 2019 she graduated with a bachelor’s of music education degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, emphasis in piano. During her undergraduate studies, she taught an average of 20 students a semester, worked as a collaborative pianist in multiple settings, including several musical theater productions, and she also studied voice and organ. She student taught elementary general music and middle school choir and piano during her last semester. She recently moved to Bloomington, in May of this year, where she continues to teach both piano and voice.