Learn brass the right way.

Our brass teachers are all professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In brass lessons, we focus on establishing great playing technique, working through scales and etudes in an application-based context, and learning everything from classical and military, to contemporary and jazz approaches. Whether you're 5 or 55, brand new to the instrument or gigging professionally, our goal is to help you become not just someone who can play an instrument, but a musician.

You can also view our brass teachers' bios below to see who's right for you.

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.

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.

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.