Fishers Music Academy – Music Education
Fishers Music Academy teaches students to find their instrument
Screenwriter / Jon Shoulders
Photograph provided by Eli Beaverson & Fishers Music Academy
Music can be a lifelong pursuit. At any age, you might feel the need to learn to sing or play an instrument for the first time or maybe dust off that old guitar or piano to shore up your chops.
The Fishers Music Academy on South Street was founded by Hoosier native and Carmel High School graduate Daniel Gallion to provide private musical instruction and guidance to anyone who might feel such a need.
“Fishers is a very rich musical field, and there are so many students here that it’s great to be a part of it,” says Gallion. “We try to make sure that anyone who wants to get musical education can come here, feel comfortable and get the most out of their lessons.”
After graduating from Carmel High School where he participated in choir and band, Gallion attended Ball State from 2002 to 2006, studying music education and participating in several music programs, including the Ball State University Singers.
“Ball State had a lot of advisers and mentors who were very good leaders and had an entrepreneurial spirit,” he says. “I think some of that rubbed off on me where I at one point wanted to have my own studio to give private lessons.”
While attending Ball State, Gallion began offering lessons himself and eventually founded dg Voice Studio for voice, piano, and guitar lessons. Initially operating the business from home, Gallion eventually expanded its customer base to the point of needing a separate facility and moved into its current space on South Street in the spring of 2017.
“Part of the business plan I wrote over 10 years ago was to change the name of the business to continue what we do as it grows, to reflect what we offer and who we represent,” says Gallion. “We decided that Fishers Music Academy was a perfect fit for the next trade name.”
The academy is made up of several teachers, including Gallion, who offer individual singing, guitar, piano, trombone and drum lessons as well as group guitar lessons.
“Every student is different, and we have instructors with training and credentials who can guide them where they need to go,” says Gallion. “We don’t have a standard, one-size-fits-all approach to the learning process. Once the individual has completed the registration process and committed to taking courses, we meet with them and get to know their abilities and desires and can choose different methods and programs as we go along. for that specific individual.
All ages are welcome, and Gallion even offers a mommy and me program for infants and toddlers up to age five. Moms, dads or grandparents can bring their little one to lessons centered around folk and traditional songs and rhymes, and Gallion says the program is based on early childhood research on brain development. through musical memory and expression.
“It is important for us to offer courses to students of all ages. We’ve had children who were only a few months old and students in their 90s,” says Gallion, a member of the Indiana Piano Teachers Guild. “One summer, a 90-year-old lady came to fulfill one of her wishes and took singing lessons. That’s one of the great things about music: it’s ageless and anyone, at any level, can explore it.
Gallion says its current student enrollment is healthy and continues to grow across all age groups.
“We have continued to add instruments as we add instructors with experience in different areas,” he adds. “And, as interest grows in different things, we add classes to the school.”
Several instructors at Fishers Music Academy are performers themselves, and Gallion says he goes through a thorough interview process when hiring new staff because he believes a student’s relationship with his or her instructor is crucial in this student’s musical journey.
“Teacher-student compatibility is really important because you open up to that person and share time, and it can be a nerve-wracking experience,” Gallion says. “We try to provide an experience where teachers are fully engaged and enthusiastic about building a relationship with each of our students and helping children achieve their goals – whether that’s improve, experience music with another person, compete in talent shows, or prepare for college.”
Fishers Music Academy is located at 8923 South Street. For more information and to schedule lessons or a visit, call 317-220-7858 or visit fishersmusicacademy.com.