Learn to sing the right way.

Our voice teachers are all professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In voice lessons, we focus on establishing great singing technique, working through tone and range exercises, and learning everything from contemporary and jazz, to classical approaches. Whether you're 5 or 55, brand new to the singing or gigging professionally, our goal is to help you become not just someone who can sing, but a singer.

You can also view our voice 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.


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.


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.


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.


Ethan Stutz

Instructor of Saxophone, Piano, and Voice

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Anderson

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Since starting the saxophone in 6th grade, Ethan Stutz has become a passionate supporter of the philosophy that everyone should get a chance to play, love, and grow with music. As a senior Music Education major at Anderson University, Ethan is 1st tenor sax player in the AU Jazz Ensemble and 1st alto sax player in the AU Wind Ensemble. In addition, Ethan has been a part of the Anderson Symphonic Choir and a soloist for the AU Orchestra under the direction of Gert Kumi. He has taken saxophone instruction under Dr. Becky Chappell, voice under David Mannell, and piano under Barb Klink and Rebecca Edie.

Ethan has performed as a 2nd alto saxophone player in the 2018 IMEA Intercollegiate Honor Band and has performed a Brahms concert with the AU Chorale and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra. Outside of academia, Ethan has been involved in other musical projects in the Indy area, including an experimental rock group, Blistering Phalanges, and a blues and rockabilly group, Retro on the Rocks, to help sharpen his skills. Entering his senior year, Ethan is hopeful and excited to pursue a career in High School Instrumental Education after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Music. He will be student teaching at Hamilton Heights HS in the spring and is excited for the many opportunities to grow as a musician and educator.