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Todd L.

Cicero, IN

$30/hour

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Ball State University
Music Education
Christian Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

Ball State University (Music Education)

Christian Theological Seminary (Master's)

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.

I can teach piano, brass, woodwinds, guitar, bass guitar, drums, voice, and beginning strings.

I can also help you with auditions, solo and ensemble, and lessons in music theory and music history!

I really encourage potential students to contact me to ask questions and to schedule lessons!
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 Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Cicero, IN 46034

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Guitar

I have been teaching guitar for about ten years. Two of my students have gone on to play in bands!

Piano

Piano is my main instrument. I have been playing for nearly 44 years now. I studied piano for 9 years privately, then studied in college for four years while pursuing my music education degree. Now, I am the staff pianist for Christ United Methodist Church in Westfield, Indiana.

Saxophone

Saxophone is an instrument I took an interest in while in college. As a part of my music education degree, o took a class in woodwinds and learned about how to play and teach sax.

Trombone

Trombone was my main instrument in college. I have played for nearly 35 years.

Trumpet

I started playing trumpet in high school, then picked it back up playing in church for over 3 years. Since then, I have taught private lessons with local students.

Ball State University
Music Education
Christian Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

Ball State University (Music Education)

Christian Theological Seminary (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Travel policy

Todd will travel within 10 miles of Cicero, IN 46034.