Learn woodwinds the right way.

Our woodwinds teachers are all professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In woodwind lessons, we focus on establishing great playing technique, working through scales and etudes in an application-based context, and learning everything from classical and folk, 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 woodwinds teachers' bios below to see who's right for you.


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.


Tyler Long

Instructor of Saxophone, Piano, and Music Theory

Administrative Assistant

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Hamilton County

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

An avid supporter of the arts in developmental education, Tyler Long is an active music educator, conductor, and worship leader. His historically grounded, yet innovative approach to all three areas set him apart in the field. As an educator, Tyler was a co-founder of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble at Indiana Wesleyan University, assistant conducted both the Wind Ensemble and University Chorale, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the music theory department. In the public school sector, he has led visual programs at the marching bands of Pendleton Heights High School and Marion High School. Tyler also serves as the Minister of Music at Living Water Community Church in Anderson, and has been in various church pianist positions for over 10 years. Creating and producing worship material also consumes much of his time. He has developed a passion for interweaving traditional, time-tested music with current sounds being heard by all ages today.

As a performer, Tyler has traveled and conducted all over the world with the University Chorale and Wind Ensemble at Indiana Wesleyan. He has also performed in principal chairs on saxophone and bassoon with such notable ensembles as the Ohio State Honor Band, the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, and the IMEA Intercollegiate Masterworks Ensemble. Tyler will receive his music education and church music degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2018 following a semester of student teaching within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools corporation in Fishers, Indiana. While on campus, he studied saxophone with jazz legend Todd Williams (Wynton Marsalis Septet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) and conducting with Michael Flanagin (Director of Bands, IWU). In his spare time, Tyler enjoys arranging music for marching/concert band, all things sports, and playing board games.


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.