An experienced team of professional musicians.

Would you take a marketing class from a teacher who's never worked in marketing? Sign up for cooking lessons with someone that can't cook?

We wouldn't ether.

At Vibe, we believe that great music teachers must themselves be musicians. That's why you'll find that all of our teachers are collegiately trained, have valuable teaching experience, and are actively professional musicians. Take a look at our bios, and see for yourself.


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John Gotsis, M.M.

Owner

Instructor of Drums, Piano, and Guitar

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Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Fishers

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: No

John Gotsis has accumulated years of professional experience as a performer and music educator. Currently residing in Fishers, IN, John serves as Owner and Music Instructor at Vibe Music Academy. Before transitioning to his full-time position here, he also taught as Adjunct Professor of Music at his alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University. John currently does studio session work with Whisper Studios and gigs with various jazz musicians, including the drums/bass/saxophone trio, Tribop.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in Music Education from IWU in 2012, John and his wife moved to Lansing, MI where he began teaching and working on his master's degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. During his time in Michigan, John achieved a high level of success academically and professionally, where he earned the position of MSU Jazz Drum Set Graduate Assistant, played and toured with MSU's premier jazz orchestra, and gigged professionally for numerous performance groups. John has studied under and been personally mentored by Rodney Whitaker, Randy Gelispie, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, and Marc Wooldridge.


Carrie Jo Arndt, B.A.

Instructor of Voice, Guitar, Piano, and Drums

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Noblesville

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Carrie Jo Arndt has been teaching guitar, voice, piano, and drum lessons for over 15 years. She graduated with her BA in music and business from the Univesity of Toledo.  She’s worked with world renowned vocal coaches including Jon Hendricks - the originator of jazz vocalese, sang at Carnegie Hall, and played on various albums to raise money/awareness for charity projects.  Carrie also has extensive experience in musical theater performance and directing.  Her performance career spans over 30 years.  Carrie has also developed unique teaching techniques that help you reach your goals quickly and with great skill!

Carrie’s a laid back teacher, but you will definitely still learn a lot.  She believes that if it starts to not be fun, what's the point!  Music isn't just about perfect theory and note placement; it's about enjoyment. That's why she tailor-makes every lesson specifically based on her students' goals.


Charlie Ballantine, B.A.

Instructor of Guitar

Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Named Indianapolis' "Best Jazz Musician" of 2015 by NUVO Magazine, Charlie Ballantine, is a professional guitarist who performs regularly around the midwest. Charlie has been a featured artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival and The Indianapolis Jazz Festival and is a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox.  He also holds a degree in jazz studies from Indiana University where he studied under Corey Christiansen, David Baker, and many others.

His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.
In early 2015 Charlie released his debut album "Green" which earned him local acclaim as well as being very well recieved nationally. Charlie's sophmore album "Providence" was released in May of 2016 and has helped him develop even more of a presence on the national level through reviews from a wide variety of publications (Vintage Guitar Magazine, Absolute Sound, Midwest Record) as well as making it into the top 100 on the jazz radio chart and being played on hundreds of stations worldwide.


Jessie Ann Bolash, B.A.

Instructor of Voice, Piano, Flute, and Clarinet

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Jessie Ann Bolash is an accomplished music professional from Arlington Heights, Illinois. After attending Hofstra University and Illinois State University and graduating in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Ethnomusicology with a piano performance minor, she taught at the Des Plaines School of Music specializing in piano, voice, flute, clarinet, and music theory as well as Glenbrook District 34 Schools K-2 general music.

Now residing in Indianapolis, Jessie Ann is a member of the Indianapolis Women's Choir. Jessie Ann attended Interlochen Center for the Arts from 2009 - 2011 as a Vocal Arts and Operetta major. Her achievements and ensemble involvement include Chicago Opera Idol Junior Winner, Premier of Eric Whitacre's Paradise Lost, Up and Coming Theater Company, Prospect High School Company, World Youth Honors Choir, Interlochen Festival Choir, Interlochen Women's Chorus, Hofstra Chorale, ISU Women's Choir, ISU Opera, ISU Concert Band, the Indianapolis Women's Choir and many more. Jessie Ann has worked with many leaders in music including Eric Whitacre, Dr. David Fryling, Dr. Glen Block, Tammy Hensrud, Dr. Francesca Cassio, to name a few. She is an experienced performer of music of the Sikh culture as well. Jessie Ann enjoys performing, teaching, composing, and arranging music.


Alec Burke, B.S.

Instructor of Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, and Trombone

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Muncie

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Alec holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Ball State University. Following the completion of his degree, Alec taught band, orchestra, and general music for 2 years as a licensed PreK-12 music teacher. Today, he is still actively involved in schools as a private teacher, clinician, adjudicator, and music instructor. He maintains a private studio at Muncie Music Center and is a strong advocate for arts in the community. Being equally passionate about performance and community engagement, Alec accepted the position of Education Coordinator at the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in 2017. From 2012-17, Alec was the High Brass Counselor for Strings and Jazzy Things in Broadripple. Alec has worked for Music for the Sake of Music - a non-profit organization located in Green Bay, WI - since 2015 as their trumpet instructor and staff musician.

As a performer, Alec is versed in solo, chamber, classical, and commercial settings. He is an active soloist and chamber musician and is a strong supporter of modern music. In 2017, Alec was invited to perform the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb with the MFSOM Symphony Orchestra. In the commercial vein, Alec played for the 2017 animated short-film, “Sea-Tectives,” and lead trumpet for the Norwell HS Show Choir since 2016. He frequently plays for pit orchestras as well, with notable performances as first trumpet in musical productions with both the Muncie Civic Theatre and BSU Theatre since 2015. While trumpet is Alec’s primary, he also enjoys guitar and singing. He has experience playing classical, jazz, rock, pop, and folk styles. Alec continues to perform originals and covers alongside Vibe Music Academy Flute Instructor, Jennifer Rodriguez. Outside of music, Alec enjoys playing video games, playing tabletop games, and visiting new breweries and coffee shops. Alec was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but currently resides in Muncie.


Bethany Daugherty, B.M.

Instructor of Violin, Viola, Double Bass, and Piano

Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (Downtown)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

As a musician and writer, Bethany Daugherty is extremely passionate about the performing and written arts. She began learning violin and piano at the age of five from her mother, and grew up performing for schools, nursing homes, and churches as part of a family performance group. Bethany double majored in music and English while attending the University of Indianapolis, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Violin Performance and a second major in Creative Writing. Bethany studied violin with Christal Steele, Ariana Kim, and Austin Hartman.

Bethany has a long history of performing and teaching, with 18 years of experience performing in orchestras and gigging, and 14 years of experience teaching private lessons. Currently, she is the personnel manager and section violinist for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, a freelance musician and teacher, and a member of  Juvin: The One Man Band, a local bluegrass/folk band. Bethany and her husband Josh live in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis.


Andy Greenwell, B.A.

Instructor of Piano, French Horn, and Theory & Composition

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (South)

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Andy Greenwell is a music teacher and professional pianist with more than 20 years of experience. Coming from a vast musical pedigree, Andy began piano lessons at the age of 4. He soon added violin to his repertoire at age 7, and joined the Franklin Community band program playing the French Horn at age 11. He performed with the Indiana University School of Medicine Orchestra for 3 years during his high school tenure, and held the lead role in two separate musical theatre productions at Franklin Community High School. 

Andy continued his music education through piano at Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts, where he studied under Dr. Kate Boyd, Dr. Matt Pivec, and Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame pianist Gary Walters in both the jazz and classical arena. During his time at Butler he also participated in numerous jazz combos and sang with both the all-male acapella group Out of the Dawg House and the Butler University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Eric Stark. His experience at Butler was pivotal in molding his proficiency in a wide range of genres. He is passionate about all styles of music, and his excitement is what drives him and his students to continuously educate, create, and innovate. These days Andy can be found playing piano and singing backup vocals with the Bluewater Kings Band at high profile corporate events and weddings, performing with Loo Abbey at numerous venues, teaching brass sectionals at Creston Middle School, and teaching private lessons.


Christine Harrill, B.M.

Instructor of violin, viola, and piano

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (Castleton)

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Christine Harrill is a music teacher and professional violinist. She began playing violin and piano at age 7 and soon began performing for weddings and other venues such as the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In high school, she performed in several side-by-side concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony. She has since performed with many college symphonies and the New Sussex Symphony. She has been teaching violin and piano for 15 years and enjoys teaching a blend of classical music, bluegrass and other genres. 

Christine has studied with Suzuki teacher Jillian Chrisman and traditional teachers Vladimir Krakovich, Mark Zelmanovich, and Anna Vayman. She received her Bachelor’s in Music from Ball State where she focused heavily on education classes as well as violin performance. In her free time, she enjoys reading and going on outdoor adventures with her family.


Derek Hutchinson, B.S.

Instructor of Guitar, Voice, and Piano

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: McCordsville

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

As a well-rounded guitarist and vocalist, Derek has become an educator through years of professional and applied music experience. He started learning guitar at the age of 10, performed in school choirs and musicals, and was accepted to Ball State University's Music School with a focus in classical guitar. While earning his degree and studying guitar with Paul Riley, he instructed guitar at a local music store, and helped form an a Capella singing community at Ball State. Being an avid music director in his own all-male group, he developed his own vocal, piano, and unique "beat-boxing" ability, and they've participated in International competitions for consecutive years. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Media Production, and now resides in McCordsville, IN.

Derek performs with multiple groups in Indianapolis today, but most notably as the lead guitarist and primary vocalist for The Indigos. Together, The Indigos have released an EP and full-length album called "Indigo Army," toured from LA to New Jersey, and played dozens of festivals around the U.S. He continues to compete with a local a Capella singing group, and is self-employed as a freelance performer and producer. He is very passionate about all elements of music and loves to share his experiences through education.


Stuart Ross Johnson, B.A.

Instructor of Guitar, Voice, Composition, and Ukulele

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Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Stuart Ross Johnson is an experienced guitarist, songwriter and band leader who recently moved to Indianapolis from New England. He has been studying guitar for over 10 years and has a diverse musical background. Having lived all over the country, he has influences from the South West (country, americana), Appalachian Mountains (bluegrass, folk) and his father’s Delta Blues records. Stuart attended UNC Asheville where he studied classical guitar and general music under guitarist David Stevenson. He has been teaching music lessons for over 3 years both in private and group settings. In addition to teaching guitar, Stuart has experience with songwriting, vocal coaching, piano and ukulele.

Stuart currently performs around Indianapolis in a group called Ross Hollow, playing songs he has written and some covers. His influences go back as far as Van Morrison and James Taylor and reach to modern influences such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Brandi Carlile, Shakey Graves, Bon Iver, Andrew Byrd and more.


Nathaniel Knoblock

Instructor of Voice and Piano

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Originally hailing from Rock Rapids, Iowa, Nathaniel Knoblock has been heavily involved with the choral arts since the age of 6, participating in everything from small chamber ensembles to musical theater. In high school, he was selected multiple times for the state-wide All-State Chorus. Before transferring to the University of Indianapolis where he is a fourth year vocal major, he studied at the University of South Dakota and sang with the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers. There he studied with Tracelyn Gesteland and David Holdhusen, and now studies voice with Daniel Narducci.

Nathaniel currently sings at Second Presbyterian Church as a Choral Scholar, acting as a section leader and soloist for worship services. Nathaniel has also toured Europe with a number of ensembles, including the Iowa Ambassadors of Music and the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers. Nathaniel hopes to continue his studies in the future by pursuing a master’s in choral conducting.


Jordan Koehlinger, B.S.

Instructor of Trumpet and Theory & Composition

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Carmel

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Jordan Koehlinger is an avid trumpeter, teacher, and musicology scholar with interests in a variety of musical styles from orchestral, to chamber, to jazz.  With performing experience both in the United States and abroad, she has played with the Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, Indiana; served as auxiliary brass for Ernie Haase and the Signature Sound; and performed in the Opera Maya festival orchestra in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Jordan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Music and Honors Humanities from Indiana Wesleyan University where she excelled both academically and musically.  While at Indiana Wesleyan, Jordan participated in numerous ensembles, serving as the principal trumpet player for the Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Honors Brass Quintet, as well as participating in the IMEA Intercollegiate Band in Fort Wayne, IN. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys reading, attending plays and concerts, knitting, listening to podcasts, and enjoying symphonic film scores.


Tyler Long

Instructor of Saxophone, Piano, and Music Theory

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Hamilton County

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

An avid supporter of the arts in developmental education, Tyler Long is an active music educator, conductor, and worship leader. His historically grounded, yet innovative approach to all three areas set him apart in the field. As an educator, Tyler was a co-founder of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble at Indiana Wesleyan University, assistant conducted both the Wind Ensemble and University Chorale, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the music theory department. In the public school sector, he has led visual programs at the marching bands of Pendleton Heights High School and Marion High School. Tyler also serves as the Minister of Music at Living Water Community Church in Anderson, and has been in various church pianist positions for over 10 years. Creating and producing worship material also consumes much of his time. He has developed a passion for interweaving traditional, time-tested music with current sounds being heard by all ages today.

As a performer, Tyler has traveled and conducted all over the world with the University Chorale and Wind Ensemble at Indiana Wesleyan. He has also performed in principal chairs on saxophone and bassoon with such notable ensembles as the Ohio State Honor Band, the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, and the IMEA Intercollegiate Masterworks Ensemble. Tyler will receive his music education and church music degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2018 following a semester of student teaching within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools corporation in Fishers, Indiana. While on campus, he studied saxophone with jazz legend Todd Williams (Wynton Marsalis Septet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) and conducting with Michael Flanagin (Director of Bands, IWU). In his spare time, Tyler enjoys arranging music for marching/concert band, all things sports, and playing board games.


Andrew McAfee, M.M.

Instructor of Percussion, Piano, and Guitar

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Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Andrew McAfee is an active percussionist, composer, and educator. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from California State University Long Beach where he studied with Dr. Michael Carney, Dr. Dave Gerhart, Raynor Carroll, and Brad Dutz; and a Master's Degree in Percussion from Indiana University where he studied with Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, and Kevin Bobo.

Throughout his career, Andrew has performed both solo and ensemble music in numerous venues across the country, including the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. His performance career started when he joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as a snare drummer in 2003. During his membership, the corps won the Best Percussion Caption Award twice and the DCI Open Class World Championship in 2008. The following year, he had the honor of performing with the Pulse Percussion Ensemble in the 2009 WGI World Class Finals.

Andrew currently lives in Indianapolis, IN where he works as a freelance performer and educator.


Pat Petrus

Instructor of Drums and Piano

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Pat Petrus is a percussionist and composer residing in north Indianapolis. Currently pursuing an undergrad in percussion performance and jazz studies from Butler University, Pat has worked on numerous projects ranging from classical to contemporary with his mentors John Crabiel and Kenny Phelps.

In addition to performing around the country in both independent and school-sponsored groups, Pat has performed with the likes of Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, former director of the United States Marine Band Michael Colburn, as well as local jazz stars Dr. Matt Pivec, Gary Walters, Jesse Wittman, and Nick and Joel Tucker.


Ethan Stutz

Instructor of Saxophone, Piano, and Voice

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Anderson

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Since starting the saxophone in 6th grade, Ethan Stutz has become a passionate supporter of the philosophy that everyone should get a chance to play, love, and grow with music. As a senior Music Education major at Anderson University, Ethan is 1st tenor sax player in the AU Jazz Ensemble and 1st alto sax player in the AU Wind Ensemble. In addition, Ethan has been a part of the Anderson Symphonic Choir and a soloist for the AU Orchestra under the direction of Gert Kumi. He has taken saxophone instruction under Dr. Becky Chappell, voice under David Mannell, and piano under Barb Klink and Rebecca Edie.

Ethan has performed as a 2nd alto saxophone player in the 2018 IMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band and has performed a Brahms concert with the AU Chorale and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra. Outside of academia, Ethan has been involved in other musical projects in the Indy area, including an experimental rock group, Blistering Phalanges, and a blues and rockabilly group, Retro on the Rocks, to help sharpen his skills. Entering his senior year, Ethan is hopeful and excited to pursue a career in High School Instrumental Education after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Music. He will be student teaching at Hamilton Heights HS in the spring and is excited for the many opportunities to grow as a musician and educator.


Cassie Whetstone, B.S.

Instructor of Piano and Theory

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Castleton

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

With a degree in Educational Studies and a minor in Keyboard Pedagogy from Taylor University, 2018 graduate Cassandra Whetstone is eager to begin her career in music education. Her musical journey began as an enthusiastic 8-year-old enrolled in piano lessons. Since those days, she has continued developing her classical piano skills as well as piano education, song writing, and contemporary worship leading. Her favorite classical performances at Taylor University include Handel’s Piano Sonata No. 37 and a set from Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15. As an undergraduate teacher, she taught her first piano students through Taylor’s Center for Musical Development. Over the past ten years, she has had the opportunity to serve as a worship leader at her local church and as a visiting worship leader and musician at places like David’s Tent in Washington, D.C. and the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

Her formative musicianship was shaped by Mrs. Tina Norris. Under Mrs. Norris’ balanced curriculum of classical and contemporary instruction, Cassandra laid the foundation for what would become a central part of her identity as a musician and educator. She strives to be as encouraging, patient, and wise as her mentor. During her four years at Taylor University, she studied piano under Dr. Leon Harshenin and her pedagogy mentor was Mrs. Kathryn Grile. It was under their guidance she discovered a passion for music theory and developing the musicianship of young students. Her mission in teaching piano is to broaden her students’ musical perspectives, cultivate their creativity and expression, promote confidence, and develop life skills that they can take beyond the piano bench.