Learn guitar the right way.

Our guitar teachers are all 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.


Carrie Jo Arndt, B.A.

Instructor of Voice, Guitar, Piano, and Drums

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Noblesville

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Carrie Jo Arndt has been teaching guitar, voice, piano, and drum lessons for over 15 years. She graduated with her BA in music and business from the Univesity of Toledo.  She’s worked with world renowned vocal coaches including Jon Hendricks - the originator of jazz vocalese, sang at Carnegie Hall, and played on various albums to raise money/awareness for charity projects.  Carrie also has extensive experience in musical theater performance and directing.  Her performance career spans over 30 years.  Carrie has also developed unique teaching techniques that help you reach your goals quickly and with great skill!

Carrie’s a laid back teacher, but you will definitely still learn a lot.  She believes that if it starts to not be fun, what's the point!  Music isn't just about perfect theory and note placement; it's about enjoyment. That's why she tailor-makes every lesson specifically based on her students' goals.


Charlie Ballantine, B.A.

INSTRUCTOR OF GUITAR

Accepting new students: No

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.


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: No

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.


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.