Our Staff

Rachel Donahue

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).   

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Gabriel Casal

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Coach

I was introduced thoroughly to music at a very young age due to being in a family that consisted of various artists. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico until I was nineteen years old. When it was my time to go to college I chose to study at Purdue University and have stayed in Indiana ever since. My valid experience in music mostly comes from playing live shows, recording and producing since I did not go to college for music. However, whilst playing live shows during college I fell in love with music and its nuances. For years after I have surrounded myself of that world even more than when I was younger. At the age of twenty I picked up the guitar after being a drummer for eleven years of my life. The guitar was always an instrument that would overwhelm me every time I picked it up and tried to learn its vast fretboard. I ended up learning the instrument due to desperation. I had to start playing live gigs, however I could not play drums by myself in a venue. Therefore, I dove into the guitar and still am not close to reaching the bottom. I was familiar with the world of rhythm and percussion but the melodies took me by storm. The endless combination of chords and how you can create an unforgettable feeling with just a few notes.  I grew up with the belief that music was always an important ingredient to a healthy, happy life. It’s a way of communication. A language of sorts and every genre has created a different dialect. If I can teach myself, a drummer, a string instrument anyone can pick it up with the right curriculum for them. 

Matt Hyslop

Guitar Coach

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.

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Matthew Marshall

Piano Coach

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. 

Hannah Hadley

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.

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Jake Dugan

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.  

Glenn Dantam

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.

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Meghan Bartsch

Piano Coach

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. 

Nolan Winters

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.

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Emily Justice

Flute, Piano, and Vocal Coach

Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. All I wanted to do growing up was dance, sing, and play any instrument I could lay my hands on. I began playing piano at the age of 5, and a few years later when it came time to chose an instrument for middle school band, I selected the flute. In high school, band and choir were the most important classes of my day, and I was privileged enough to be chosen as choreographer for my show choir and section leader for band.
I always knew that I wanted to pursue music in some way for my future career, so when I learned of the music therapy profession I had no doubt that it would be perfect for me! I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, and hope to land my internship in the Indianapolis area next fall. As a music therapy major I have extensively studied many instruments, including not only my primary of flute, but piano, voice, and guitar as well. Within my time at UIndy, I have been fortunate enough to have been elected president of the University of Indianapolis Music Therapy Association for Students, as well as Chorister for our beta si chapter of the music honors fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon. I am currently a member of UIndy’s Symphony Wind Ensemble and Flute Choir, and have also participated in our Baroque Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, and African Drum Ensemble.
Throughout the last few years I have had ample experience working with middle and high school band and choir students in my hometown of Logansport, as well as participating in multiple field experiences at the University of Indianapolis. It is always wonderful for me to be able to instill a love of music and instruments on young people. As a future music therapist I fully realize the impact music can have on everyone, and I am so excited to be a part of this studio!

Abigail Hopkins

Violin & Piano Coach

I am a violinist originally from East Central Illinois.  My interest in violin was sparked by a school field trip to a symphony orchestra in 2009.  I can still remember this life changing day as I was intrigued by the way all the bows moved together, convinced they were connected somehow, I had to know how it worked. I begged my mom for lessons, after a year of seaching we found a teacher 45 minutes away. My lessons were sporadic through these first years until I was able to find a studio with a "real violinist" near Eastern IL University during high school. Through her, I was put in my very first orchestra- the community orchestra at EIU- and joined another youth orchestra at the University of Illinois. These helped me advance to where I am now, studying violin and psychology at Butler University! 

Though I had a rocky start to music, (I couldn't read music until my sophomore year of HS- after playing 3 instruments!!) my teaching is inspired by trying to be the teacher I wish I had when I was young and starting out. I am fortunate to be where I am now, and met some amazing people along the way, but I know that if I had a more stable beginning in music I'd be leaps and bounds ahead of where I am today. I have been teaching since 2015 on violin, clarinet, sax, piano, and flute.  It has always been my goal to provide a stable foundation during the beginning stages of a child's musical journey. 

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Carmela Thiele

Violin & Piano Coach

Music has aways been a central part of my life.  I began with piano lessons in second grade and three years later starting violin lessons.  It was during middle school that I decided I wanted to teach music as a career.  My freshman year of high school I picked up the saxophone and was able to enjoy playing in both the orchestra and band program at high school. I'm currently a Music Education student at Butler University where I have the priviledge of participating in both the  butler Symphony Orchestra and Basketball Band.  I have experience teaching piano, violin, and viola.  When I'm not practicing or teaching you can find me hiking or puzzling!  I'm excited to be a staff memeber of MAJN and to share my excitement of music with others.

Gavin Craig

Saxophone, Piano, and Vocal Coach

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Logan Purcell

Guitar & Piano Coach

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