Director, Piano Coach
My love for music has been present my whole life. My passion for teaching began in 4th grade. After taking a year of lessons I made it my goal to become at piano teacher some day. I studied at University of Indianapolis and got my first experiences as being a piano teacher. I went on to Butler University and completed a Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy. My passion for music and specifically teaching continued to grow as I began my own studio. It wasn't long before my schedule was full and I had a waiting list. My solution to this problem was to create MAJN. Since then I've delighted in my role as not only teacher, but mentor to our teachers on staff. Though my goal is very different from my 4th grade vision I know I'm doing exactly what I was meant to do! In addition to all things music I love spending time with my husband and 3 children adventuring (camping, hiking, exploring, climbing, traveling).
I earned my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana-Purdue Fort
Wayne in 2000. Currently, I'm working on my Graduate Degree in composition at Butler University under Dr. Michael Schelle. I have been a private piano and theory teacher of all ages and levels for over 20 years and have held many teaching positions including Chief Music Instructor at Ascendo Piano Studio in Fort Wayne, IN, Staff Accompanist at both Indiana-Purdue University and Anderson University, and several Director of Music positions at various churches. I have also taught piano and theory at Butler University through their school’s Community Arts program since 2016. One of my greatest joys is to inspire children to love music. My main priority in teaching is empowering students to achieve goals, learn new skills and build upon those skills, acquire a feeling of accomplishment and self-esteem, and ultimately give them the gift of music and music-making that will enrich their lives forever. I am a father of four adult children and eagerly awaiting future grand-babies. When not composing, teaching, or performing music I enjoy cooking, gardening, and antiquing with my loving wife.
My love for music began when I received my first electric guitar at the age of eleven. What started as a fleeting interest in the instrument quickly turned into an obsession after taking lessons with a local teacher who introduced me to the world of rock guitar.
I continued my musical journey through high school where I played in the jazz ensemble and performed in a local band. I went on to continue my musical education at Butler University where I graduated with a degree in music and a degree in recording industry studies.
It was at Butler where I became well versed in guitar styles such as jazz, classical, and flamenco guitar. While at Butler, I gained experience as a private guitar teacher for people of all ages. I have experience teaching guitar and ukulele to students of various playing levels.
I believe that anyone can learn to play music and enjoy crafting lessons around each student’s musical interest and goals. My favorite part of the job is watching my students progress and grow with their instrument as they grasp new concepts and techniques.
Matthew has been teaching piano, for over eleven years, performing concerts, recorded three albums, composed music, judged piano, and served as programs chair with the Indiana Piano Teachers Guild. He graduated from Cedarville University in 2001 with a bachelors in English, and took music theory and studied piano with Phyllis Warner, clinician, lecturer, pianist and organist.
At a young age, he began playing the piano by ear with a musical talent, but struggled to grasp sight-reading and theory. Through many years of study and work, he began to grasp it. He understands the student who faces difficulty understanding the concepts of music, but may develop a musical ability and interest.
Piano & Guitar Coach
I am one of six kids, who grew up in Carmel, IN. I have been playing classical piano since I was 5 years old. My passion for music lead me to take an active roll playing in church band and different praise bands in middle school and high school. Although piano is my strongest instrument and my favorite, I also play guitar, bass guitar, drums, and enjoy singing. I am a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Art and play in several bands in Indianapolis with my friends. Playing, writing, recording, and producing music it something I do constantly in my spare time. Beyond music, I enjoy hanging out with my big family, playing with my animals, reading books, and taking care of my large collection of plants.
Integrating playing in collaborative environments is one of my focuses. I believe that knowing how to read multiple forms of music notation and learning to use their ears is incredibly important in musical development. I feel very blessed with this opportunity to teach after so many wonderful people have mentored me and my love of music throughout my short years. I can only hope that I will be an encouragement, inspiration, and friend to your child in their music learning.
Guitar & Ukulele Coach
When I was a baby, my parents would let me listen to music in headphones which transported me to the wonderful world of sound. This love of music developed into a fanatical obsession to listen to as many records and see as many concerts as possible. Around the age of 12, I knew I wanted to learn how to play guitar. In middle school I began private lessons at a guitar shop. I always have and will enjoy improvising and putting my own independent study into the music, as well. In high school, I played in rock bands and eventually learned how to read sheet music. I then attended IUPUI after high school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Technology. It was here that I was also exposed to the ukulele and piano.
Since graduating in 2014, I have formed and performed with a local rock-funk band named Funky Junk and also enjoyed playing many solo jazz and pop guitar sets for a variety of occasions. I occassionaly play in a classical guitar trio with a colleague and former professor. Away from performance, my main musical endeavor is teaching. This will be my fifth year of private guitar and ukulele instruction and I absolutely love it. I have a firm knowledge of the formal theory behind music, but my main goal in lessons is to develop a love and deep appreciation for music - one that can last a life time.
Beyond just the history though, music is how I have always identified myself. Music and especially live music embodies freedom for me. There are so many positives to come from sharing this feeling with others. Aside from the cognitive benefits, heightened awareness of communication, and lessons in discipline that all come from music, it is something to be revered to simply enter this world of joyful noise.
Drum, Saxophone, and Piano Coach
I enjoy music of all genres, from classical and jazz to rock and folk. As a child, I discovered my love for music in its fulfilling challenges, and in its capacity as a positive outlet for (sometimes unpredictable) creative energy. Throughout my teenage years, I played piano, percussion, and woodwinds in my schools' music programs.
I continued my musical studies at the collegiate level. At Butler University, I studied percussion under Jon Crabiel and Craig Hetrick, and jazz piano under Gary Walters. While at Butler, I played in the symphony orchestra, as well as in large bands and small combos within the jazz program. In the years since college, I have been lucky to play in several bands of different styles, exploring my creative horizons as a punk drummer, a folk-rock pianist, and a few odd places in between.
I like to use my experience to cultivate students' interest in music that they appreciate, while also teaching them the fundamentals of classical training. In addition to its aesthetic value, music is a fantastic tool to help develop work ethic and cognitive abilities, and I relish the opportunity to help students flourish both musically and personally.
Meghan started taking piano lessons at age 7, and began her piano teaching career during her junior year of high school. A couple music degrees later, including a master of music degree in piano performance from Butler University, teaching remains an important part of her musical life. In addition to teaching at Make a Joyful Noise Studio, Meghan is an adjunct instructor and staff pianist at Butler University, the music director at Franklin Central Christian Church, and a co-founder of Outside the Box, a piano duo committed to performing American classical music. When she's not playing the piano, Meghan enjoys exploring new places with her husband, Mike. Her bucket list of adventures includes a month long road trip across the western US and a visit to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass & Piano Coach
It was the age of six when I was exposed to my first musical instrument. I had an exciting curiosity about the guitar, so my parents, to whom I give the most credit for my career as a musician, bought me my first guitar in hopes my musical interests were more than a mere phase.
Though music was henceforth a part of my life, I had not discovered that is was my passion and trade until high school. I was blessed to study in such a wonderful music program at Greenwood Community High School before college. Steven Fletcher's Music Theory course and Jazz Band are what would propel me to study music collegiately at the University of Indianapolis.
Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a concentration in Composition, I hope to become a Doctor of Music and teach at the collegiate level. It is through my past and current instructors and professors where I discovered my passion for education, and furthermore learned that an instructor assumes multiple roles to their students. Being more than a teacher, students inevitably look up to their instructor as a role model; I hope to yield technically savvy musicians with a passion for the arts, and teach that discipline and hard work will pay off to my younger students.
I have had the pleasure of performing with multiple jazz big bands, new music ensembles, and choirs. Through the university, I had the opportunity to travel with my current instructor, Nemanja Ostojic, to his hometown in Belgrade, Serbia for the Guitar Art Festival. Here I had the opportunity to play with the World Guitar Orchestra. Ultimately, I hope to open doors to opportunities like these to every single one of my students and let them know it is not so far fetched to be a part of a worldwide musical community.
Piano and Vocal Coach
Percussion & Piano Coach
Guitar & Piano Coach
My interest in music developed when my neighbor showed me her violin. She demonstrated the very basics of violin playing, and she told me about the middle school’s orchestra. From that moment on, I was hyped about entering the 7th grade so I could pick up a new instrument. The love for my violin has only grown stronger since my middle school days. In high school, I led many sectionals in the orchestras, and I volunteered to help out at the middle school. I also participated in the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic of 2016. Later that same summer, I joined the Marching Pride of Lawrence Township to perform on the violin and baritone in their show, as well as, march in the 2017 Rose Parade in California. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Butler University. When I have the time, I love to be outdoors. Fishing, hunting, and scuba diving are some of my favorite hobbies, but when I’m stuck inside, any kind of game will do the trick.