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.


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.


Evan Ferrell, B.A.

Instructor of Guitar

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Evan Ferrell is originally from Greenfield, IN, just outside of Indianapolis where he started following his interest in playing the guitar at the age of 12. This eventually lead him to pursue a career and degree in the music industry. 

Evan has been working as a professional guitar player in the Indianapolis area for the last 5 years. The skills used in this professional setting were achieved thanks to his private lessons at Anderson University under his instructors Mark Stanek and Jamie Johnson. After graduating from Anderson with a B. A. in Music Business, his focus has been playing with local and non local artists of all genres. He has worked in some form with artists such as DreamCheif, The Wldlfe, Elle Michelle, Cook & Belle, Kristen Bennett and John Tibbs. His educational experience is largely centered in live performance and musical directing. 


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.


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.


Billy Jones, B.S.

Instructor of guitar, drums, and voice

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (West)

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Billy Jones is an experienced multi instrumentalist from the Indianapolis area. He has over 20 years experience with electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar percussion, brass, as well as choral and solo vocals. His playing experience along with his studio and production experience gives him an unique point of view to approaching music in both an ensemble and lesson environment that is applied easily to real world situations.

A graduate of Ball State University, Billy spent time playing bass in the ensemble for the Ball State University singers. He was a part of the school’s Chamber and Concert Co-Ed choirs and the Statesmen Male Chorus. He was also a member of the Symphony and Concert bands as well as Ball State’s Pride of Mid-America Marching band, where he played tuba. After receiving his B.S. in Music, Media and Production from Ball State’'s School of Music, Billy has been actively involved in both Music Director, and instrumentalist roles for multiple churches across the Circle City. Billy has also recorded on sessions for artists such as Columbus, Indiana based duo "Here Together", which was tracked in Nashville TN at Gnome Studios. Billy is also a songwriter, electric guitarist and bassist in the Franklin, Indiana based CCM worship band, "Flight of the Fallen". They have opened for bands such as Kutless and Sanctus Real. Billy studied with Matthew Lyon, Mark Mordue, Michael Oravitz, Andrew Crow, and Derek Johnson during his time at Ball State.


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: Yes

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.


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.