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: 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. 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 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.


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.


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.


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: Yes

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.


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.


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.