Frank Orbik

Frank Orbik is a dynamic teacher with 40 years’ experience in music education and private tutoring. Frank’s teaching philosophy is; “with creative pedagogy and methodology; anyone can experience and learn music.”
Frank has a B.S. in music education and M.E.A. in school administration with a minor in music from Ball State University. Frank also attended the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Orbik has held teaching licenses in Indiana, Florida and California.
Experience to include: teaching all levels of woodwind instruments, beginning/intermediate brass instruments, percussion and beginning guitar. Frank teaches in the classical style or improvisational styles for jazz and other alternative music. Music theory and composition is always incorporated into the lesson.

Sean Conover

Sean Conover was drawn into music at the early age of four, beginning on just a quarter-sized cello. While taking private lessons in his hometown of Easton, PA, he was actively involved with several youth orchestras (Junior String Philharmonic, Young people’s Philharmonic, and Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra), as well as chamber groups paired with other young musicians. He further pursued his classical training in arts focused programs through Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School, and later Butler University’s Jordan College of Arts following a Music Performance major, where he also studied Piano and other string instruments.
Sean was an active free-lance musician through most of his studies, playing both private events either solo or in duos or quartets, and substituting with local orchestras. He’s acquired a very diverse set of skills, playing every genre from Bach to Led Zeppelin through many performance settings – solo recitals, new music premieres of experimental composers, ballets, musicals, and has accompanying folk/rock/blues groups on stage.
Along with his performance history, Sean has given several masterclass demonstrations for private lesson studios and provided coaching to young chamber musicians. As music has always been a passion for him, he hopes to use his experiences to help guide students in their pursuits.

Cecily Terhune

Woodwind performer Cecily Terhune has been described as having “the heart of a musician – an engaging performer and a natural teacher,” by MSO Executive Director, Jennifer Johnson. She has performed internationally and holds a master’s degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Recent notable performances include a solo recital at Mukogawa Women’s University in Osaka, Japan, solo performances at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, a European tour as the Ball State Jazz Lab Ensemble’s lead alto saxophonist, and concerto performances with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and the Kokomo Park Band.

A dedicated educator, Cecily teaches private lessons and small ensembles and enjoys working with various ages and skill levels.  She specializes in flute, clarinet, and saxophone and loves many types of music, especially jazz and classical.

John Frye

John Frye has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and teaching music for 20 years. He is well versed in all styles and has an extensive knowledge of music theory as well.  
Having a wide range of musical influences spanning many different genres and styles, John’s biggest guitar influences are Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Steve Lukather and Scott Henderson.
John believes the most important aspect of teaching and playing is to simply have fun and enjoy playing the music you love.
John is also an active performer, primarily playing shows all over the Midwest region.

Austin Sandoval

Austin Sandoval has been studying music for over decade, and has been teaching since 2015. He is currently studying guitar and violin at Butler University, where he is working to get his degree in music performance. Austin has played in countless jazz gigs, and is currently the leader of the Butler University guitar quartet. Always striving to perfect his own skills on classical and jazz guitar, as well as classical violin, he is a great teacher for students of all ages and ability levels.

Kent Evans

Kent Evans has been a member of the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers/Horseshoe Pipes and Drums for over 26 years. Places he’s performed include Canada, Daytona Beach, Indy 500 races, Brickyard NASCAR races, countless parades and private performances, and Indianapolis Colts home games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In addition to being an experienced middle school teacher and Driver Ed instructor, in keeping with the mission of the Gordon Pipers, Kent has helped spread Celtic culture by teaching bagpipes since the early 2000’s. Many of his students have moved on to receive private school and/or college scholarships playing bagpipes.

Adam Skinner

Adam Skinner has over a decade of musical experience as a bassist, guitarist, and music instructor.

His playing background as a bassist includes orchestra pits, jazz combos, churches, indie rock bands and technical progressive metal bands. He’s played all around Indianapolis as a freelance bassist, and is currently involved in 4 groups.

Adam has 5 years teaching experience, including private bass lessons, as well as in public school music programs teaching percussion. Adam has a proficient understanding of music theory, especially as it applies to the bass.

SANDRA DAVENPORT

While growing up, all types of music filled Sandra’s house, and continues to this day. At four years old, her parents said she was listening to Elvis Presley on the radio, went to the piano, picked out the notes he was singing, and began playing by ear and singing with him! At age 7 Sandra began her formal music lessons and grew to love classical music. By the age of 13, her teacher had sent her to audition at Butler’s Jordan College of Music and she was accepted. By age 14, she began classical organ lessons. At age 16, Mr. Anderson Dailey taught her how to teach a choir and play for morning church services.

Sandra continued studying classical piano until she left to attend and graduate Purdue University. As a teacher in a private Christian school, she was the music director and began writing songs. Her love of music spills into her family, as her children are musicians, writers, performers and music-related business owners. She is currently the Children’s Choir Director at her church, The New Life Worship Center, and is a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Praise Choir of the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. Sandra thinks “outside the box” and with her creativity, and will create a learning experience to make you fall in love with music…whatever music is your choice!!

Jeff Simms

Jeff Simms has been teaching guitar for over 25 years. He’s played on countless recording sessions and albums throughout his career, and has 15 years experience doing solo tours across the east coast, mid-west, and up and down the Mississippi. Jeff makes lessons fun with his infectious humor, and his proven teaching methods have made him one of the busiest and most in-demand guitar teachers in Indianapolis.

Eric Jones

Eric is a professional drummer from Indianapolis, IN. He has 30 years playing experience and has major credits to his name, including working for major labels, TV and MTV appearances with #1 hit videos, recording sessions in world famous studios, working with world class producers, touring and stadium concerts.
Eric has worked with well-known talents in the music industry including Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Mottola (former CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, President of Casablanca Records), Steve Lukather (Toto), Phil Sousson (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol), Bryan Carlestrom (producer/engineer for Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie).
Eric has played in over 200 bands and has performed thousands of concerts, doing tours such as the Warped Tour, and sharing the stage with such artists as: Lindsay Lohan, Trev Lukather, Snoop Dog, Kelly Clarkson, No Doubt, Black Eyed Peas, Back Street Boys, and many others.
Eric is a 2004 graduate of the Percussion Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He’s studied with Kenny Aronoff, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Chuck Flores, Chuck Silverman, and Fred Dinkins.
Eric has been teaching for 20 years and has taught hundreds of students. Specialization: Drum Set, teaching basic to advanced concepts in Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Odd Meter and Double Bass with main focus on fundimentals/essentials. He’s developed a proven method for getting students on the drum set in the first lesson, and teaches drum-rudiments and strategies to develop good time and feel, technique, reading, playing to a click track, drum tuning, and basic music theory. He also teaches basic Pro Tools/Logic Pro recording, editing, mixing, using MIDI and virtual instruments.
“ERIC IS A SOLID, STRONG, ROCK DRUMMER WITH A GREAT ATTITUDE”…KENNY ARONOFF (Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Ethridge, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Chickenfoot)

Preston Nash

Preston Nash has been playing drums for over 35 years. He has recorded and performed with Dope (Sony Records), Primer 55 (Island Records), The Color Red (RCA Records), Society 1 (Earache Records), among many others. Preston has toured all over the United States, Europe and Canada, playing a diverse variety of stages including CBGB’s, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He is endorsed by Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Pro-Mark Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads. Preston is also a songwriter and producer.

Preston’s career as an educator spans over 20 years, teaching at the high school and college level, as well as privately. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition, both from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

As a drum instructor, Preston combines all the various elements of his career and education, with the intent of helping his students become not just better drummers, but better overall musicians.

Preston also founded and runs ASH ROCK, the award-winning rock-group program at Sam Ash Music Indianapolis.

“Awesome drummer!” Florian Alexandru-Zorn