This is the webpage for my piano studio. I have a wide variety of experiences as a musician and piano teacher; in addition, I'm a licensed Music Educator in my home state of Indiana. I have taught piano students who were just 5 or 6 years old, and have taught adults, for over 13 years off-and-on. I have also taken college-level coursework in music education and piano pedagogy (the art of teaching people to play the piano). I'm relocating the studio to a shared space that also houses a piano and music store, all part of a separate music business, on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. There are a lot of piano studios in central Indiana, but this one is going to be unique, in that I'm seeking not only prospective students of "typical" ability levels (that don't have a disability), but also students with mild autism. I am on the spectrum myself, and know that I can more completely equip young people with tools to advance their musical and life abilities. Music is a very individual discipline, and limiting young people's exposure to music to just singing in a choir, or playing in a band or orchestra, while certainly valuable, can limit them to just one or a few facets of what music is all about.
Rates (updated 02/2019)
30 minute lesson, 1 time weekly, without books/materials fees: $15 each week ($60/month per)
45 minute lesson, 1 time weekly, without books/materials fees: $20 each week ($80/month per)
1 hour lesson, 1 time weekly, without books/materials fees: $25 each week ($100/month per)
Book fees are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any needed books, materials, etc, are only changed or adjusted (which ones are needed/must be paid for) every few months, generally. They come with a cost (teacher's price, not publisher) that also varies, but much of the time I personally design them (worksheets, audio samples to listen to, etc). I always work with families and individuals to reduce costs when applicable
Some families hope to see their kids demonstrating what they are learning about music through competitions. I participated in several, and it greatly helped build my self-esteem and desire to study the piano well into adulthood, but others are not always fortunate in the same way. I know of several local and state contests that may be useful, but find that the best ones pit students only against themselves. They are graded or evaluated based on their profile of musical and pianistic abilities. I highly recommend that the younger students, say, between 5 and 10 years of age, first focus on gaining familiarity and becoming comfortable with music performance, before getting more serious. When I was 11, I had just begun piano lessons, but I was more interested in sports and video games. It was only when I got older, started doing well in contests, and began to see music as a way to communicate more potently with myself and others, that I took this and ran with it. The thing I love the most about playing the piano is the limitless variety of sounds that a piano can produce. I also love hearing the sound I'm producing as it moves around the inside of my baby grand. The studio will likely have only an upright piano, but for most experience levels that will be just fine.
I strongly encourage parents and legal guardians to support their children by staying just outside of the studio room (there is a waiting area) while I teach them their piano lessons. It says a lot to a young person, in regard to the importance of what they are doing, that a family member or trusted friend/mentor stays nearby while they learn
It has always been my policy to meet prospective students and the family member of theirs who brings them to the studio. In other words, there's a consultation before the next step is to be taken. I will ask for a $5.00 fee, one time, followed by the lesson and materials rates, should families decide to go through with beginning a course of study. More information on this and other details will be provided to each new family I meet, on-site. In the next few weeks I'll be selecting an exact location
I have a few simple rules for any student wishing to study the piano with me. 1. No food or drink, other than a bottle of water or something necessary as part of a doctor-ordered diet, none of which may be on the piano. 2. Payment may be cash or check, and must be provided at the start of each month of piano lessons. A $10 surcharge may be required should payment be more than 1 week later than that. 3. Students must be clean, have their nails clipped, and hands washed, before the start of each lesson. 4. Weather/Emergency changes to the lesson schedule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. I will work with you. 5. All students must bring all required materials to each lesson. That's the other reason that I encourage a parent or older family member/relative to be on-site during each lesson. Students who consistently don't have required materials are not guaranteed to continue working with me, particularly when these instances occur more than twice a month. I will work to have some other books/learning materials for them some of the time. Individual circumstances will certainly be considered
Mission Statement: I believe that all people are not only equal, but sacred. Sullivan's Music Studio does not exist to persuade, ignite, or reduce anyone to just one side or one label. I am not a politician, and have no desire to be one. I just want to create a learning environment, through piano lessons and, yes, recitals when students feel comfortable being part of them, and by providing the tools, insights, and experiences to help students with or without disabilities see the timeless value of music, not just by playing the piano, but by learning to see the complete picture of all of the arts as they apply to them. I'm not out to teach only students on the spectrum, or to teach 90 students with autism and 1 student without it, or anything like that. I am going to consider all students equally, and when opportunities for us to work as a group do come up, all of my students will be better able to avoid the "us versus them" social scenarios that afflict us today. But, most importantly, we will aim to better discern the biggest picture of all, and how becoming a pianist might fit in: the will of God. That doesn't mean you have to believe in God to work with me, but it does mean that I will look for opportunities to demonstrate how playing the piano can, indeed, help young people discover the value and worthwhileness of their spirits and character attributes. That's what we're going to do at Sullivan's Music, and it's what I've done, off-and-on, since my junior year of high school