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 degreed in music, have great 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: Yes (drums/percussion students only)

Centralized teaching area: Fishers

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

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, as well as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at his alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University. John currently gigs with various jazz musicians in the area and is the drummer for the Indy-based folk rock group The Bikewalk.

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.


Charlie Ballantine, B.A.

Instructor of Guitar

Accepting new students: Yes

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.


Alex Bartos, D.M.A.

Instructor of Piano

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Carmel

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Aleksandra Bartos is a classical pianist and musicologist based in Fishers. She moved to Indiana from Poland, where she worked as a Professor at the University of Wroclaw teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory and history of music.

Her musical journey started when she was 5 years old. Twelve years later she graduated from the Music School in Kielce with a diploma in a classical piano. She holds Master Degree in Musicology from University of Warsaw and Doctorate in Musicology from Institute of Arts Polish Academy of Sciences. Both her Master and Doctorate Theses are dedicated to Polish piano music. She presented at many musical conferences in Poland, Bielarus and Austria as well as published articles in Polish and English. In her free time Aleksandra enjoys Zumba, dancing salsa and listening to jazz music.


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.


Katy Colglazier, B.A.

Instructor of Early Childhood Music, Voice, and Piano

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Fishers

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Katy Colglazier is a native Hoosier living in downtown Fishers following her graduation from Anderson University with a B.A. in Music. She was raised in a musical family, and has allowed music to play a leading role in her life. Possessing an especially deep passion for early childhood music, Katy has worked in child care for years, and as a Teacher's Assistant at Orchard View Elementary School in Middlebury, Indiana. There, she enjoyed getting children excited about learning through music, as well as planting the seeds and nurturing the confidence of young and beginner musicians. Katy has performed in a wide variety of unique performance roles, from a soprano in operas to part of the male chorus in musicals. She is an ISSMA State Champion, and was nominated a national finalist at the Fame National Music Competition, where she sang at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. While studying at Anderson University, Katy sang as a soprano for the Anderson University Chorale, and toured Scandinavia, performing in concerts throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia. She has spent six years in private vocal study with Professor Sandy Hill at Goshen College, and four years with Professor Diana Huntoon while at Anderson University.

Katy has experience singing and coaching a variety of vocal styles, including jazz, classical, musical theatre, pop, and indie. While at Anderson University, she was a Choral Director's Assistant, tutored students in music theory and ear training skills, and took many classes on music education and early childhood music. Aside from teaching, Katy enjoys DJ'ing for weddings and events, playing and reviewing video games, studio singing, playing ukulele, and arranging her own choral works.


Ryan Collins, A.A.

Instructor of Guitar

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North), Carmel

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Ryan Collins has a unique blend of real world experience and education from some of the leading contemporary guitar institutes of the world. Ryan spent nearly 7 years as a guitarist in the Navy band, touring and teaching masterclasses all over the US and throughout southeast Asia. During this time, Ryan performed virtually all styles of contemporary music, including blues, rock, jazz, big band, New Orleans style brass bands, and original music.

After serving nearly seven years of honorable service in the US Navy, Ryan decided to continue his education at Musicians Institute in LA, where he completed the year long Guitar Performance program in only 6 months and was awarded an A.A. Ryan is also pursuing a Bachelor degree in guitar with Berklee College of Music online, and is expected to graduate in 2018. Ryan has opened for acts such as Umphrey’s Mcgee, Darius Rucker, Katy Perry, and The Hackensaw boys. Ryan has studied under Allen Hinds, Travis Newlon, Jinshi Ozaki, Scott Parker, and currently studies with Bruce Bartlett with Berklee College of Music.


Bethany Daugherty, B.M.

Instructor of Violin, Viola, Double Bass, and Piano

Accepting new students: Yes

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.


Peter Luttrull, M.M.

Instructor of Saxophone

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Fishers

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: No

Peter Luttrull is an Indianapolis based saxophonist, educator, and arranger with diverse musical and educational experience. Peter received his B.S. in Classical Saxophone Performance from Indiana Wesleyan University. He furthered his education earning his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the world-renown jazz program at Michigan State University. Peter studied with, and was mentored by: Diego Rivera, Etienne Charles, Randy Napoleon, and Xavier Davis. 

While at Michigan State, Peter performed with Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, and Brian Lynch. He has been a featured soloist with the University of Indianapolis Jazz Band and Butler Adult Big Band. Peter’s educational experience includes teaching private lessons, giving master classes, and working as a guest clinician with high school jazz and symphonic bands.


Elise Massicotte, B.M.

Instructor of Cello

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Elise Massicotte is a professional cellist and certified Suzuki Method cello teacher. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, she started cello lessons at the age of 7 under Suzuki teacher Elizabeth Efroymson-Brooks. After studying for 11 years in Indianapolis, she continued her education at Lawrence University’s Music Conservatory in Appleton, WI under Janet Anthony. Elise earned her Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance in 2015 and moved back to Indianapolis where she now has a thriving studio and freelancing career.

She has participated in numerous ensembles throughout her musical career, including the New World Youth Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras in Indianapolis, New Augusta North Orchestra and Pike High School Symphony Orchestra (playing viola), Lawrence Symphony Orchestra in Appleton, WI, Orchestra Vitae in London, England, Hendricks County Symphony, and Anderson Symphony. She was awarded first place in the New World Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2006 and performed as a soloist in Hilbert Circle Theater accompanied by the New World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Elise has led many chamber ensembles and considers chamber ensembles her favorite to perform. She hopes to receive her master’s degree in the next few years and to continue her training as a Suzuki teacher.


Shawn McGowan, B.A.

Instructor of Piano, Composition, and Jazz Organ

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: No

Shawn McGowan is an Indianapolis based pianist/keyboardist, composer, arranger, and educator.  Shawn studied at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of David N.  Baker and Luke Gillespie, earning a B.A in Jazz Studies, minors in instrumental and choral conducting, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. 

After graduating from Indiana University, he served as the Associate Instructor of Jazz Piano for the Jacobs School of Music and as a piano instructor for the IU Young Pianists Program, teaching classes and private lessons in jazz.   In 2013, Shawn won first prize for best musical score in the National Campus Movie Festival screened in Hollywood and Paris, France.  The following year, Shawn made his international debut performing a solo concert in Tirschenreuth Germany featuring his own compositions.  Shawn has played in the Jamey Aebersold Quartet and has accompanied legendary jazz vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Darmon Meader of the New York Voices, and Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer.  


Hannah Stanford, B.A.

Instructor of Voice and Violin

Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Hannah Stanford is a Chicago suburb native who now calls the Indianapolis area her home after graduating from Anderson University with a B.A. in Music Business. Her choral singing began in middle school, leading her to becoming a member of the Anderson University Chorale where she has performed internationally. During her time at AU, she studied voice with Dr. Richard Sowers and Diana Huntoon and violin with Gert Kumi.

During school she was cast in the operetta L’etoile, was a member of the Anderson University Chamber Orchestra, and sat in with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Gaither Vocal Band on multiple occaisions, recorded and performed for Chicago-based Americana band 6’10, and has performed and recorded with Hip-Hop artist Mickey Young. Hannah has experience in a wide variety of styles, including church music, pop music with the artist Elle Michelle, and jazz with a variety of musicians from AU’s Jazz ensemble and other small combos. Hannah’s studio experience includes recording at Aire Born studios, The Varsity Recording Co., and Gaither Studios. Her educational experience includes private teaching and multiple band-leading opportunities.