Learn guitar the right way.

Our guitar teachers are all degreed professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In guitar lessons, we focus on establishing great playing technique, working through scales and chords in an application-based context, and learning everything from rock, jazz, and funk, to classical 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 the guitar, but a guitarist.

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


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.


Evan Ferrell, B.S.

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. 


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.


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.