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Our son has been taking lessons--both ukulele and drums--with Mr. C. for about (seven) years now.  We have been consistently impressed with Mr. C and his teaching ability.  With Mr. C.'s creative, fun, and patient approach, our son has not only learned how to play, but has also developed a genuine interest in music.  Mr. C. has nurtured that interest with opportunities that go beyond our weekly lessons, including Saturday morning "band jams," recitals, and even recommendations as to how he can explore music on his own.  If you are looking for a fun and creative environment where your child can learn and explore music at his or her own pace, we would certainly recommend Mr. C.”       


Christopher Shaw - parent, student and author of “The Fish on the Dome”


Meet The Instruments

  Many young students in this studio have gotten their start by being given the chance to try many instruments in the space of their weekly lesson before eventually picking one or two to begin to formally learn.  We now have many students and years worth of experience that the results are almost always positive and usually exceeding the traditional route of the student or parent picking the instrument to study before they start lessons.

Band Groups 

    Each month there are groups that take place and all current students are invited to participate and others can sign-up.

Music is best learned together !

Band Jam is a group music activity open to all younger students. We try-out instruments, create music/sounds and learn how to listen to each other.

Rock Band is a selected group of students who jam, rehearse, and perform songs learning to work together and in fact take turns leading the group on their own.

Uke Group occurs for special occasions when all of the uke students play together!


   Brian Courtney has been teaching and performing music for over 20 years. His desire is for any student to experience their own progress in playing a musical instrument which in turn helps them fulfill their own life goals. The role of a professional music teacher draws inspiration from the art of education equally with the art of musicianship. Mr.Courtney has created and grown this music studio on purpose for over 10 years. He has years of public school teaching experience in band, general music, and more. In just his first 2 years as a licensed professional teacher in the public schools he rose to the challenge to teach almost 2,000 students. He is a licensed, educated and experienced teacher that returned to teaching students on his own terms. The outcome is that student happiness is the only standardized test.          ... be music


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              Mr.C teaches music at The Courtney’s Music Studio in Bloomington, Indiana since 2008. 

                           A fun, caring, nurturing and thoughtful environment to learn about music






Mr.C teaches instrumental music on trumpet, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano and drums.

Learning music as an integrated and ongoing activity which gives each student the skills to do the same in any subject or area.

SUMMER Monday - Thursday times

East side of Bloomington,Indiana

CONTACT EMAIL:    mrc(at sign)

Mr.C’s Music Lessons

The Courtney’s Music Studio

   The music space that is used was created by Mrs.Courtney in which she began teaching classes to elementary and older children with the Musikgarten curriculim as an extension of the classes she was offering at the YMCA for babies and toddlers. She currently teaches 500 students at a local elementary school and is a church children’s choir director. She was the first director of IU’s First Voices children’s choir and the creator and first director of IU’s Musical Beginnings class and also taught youth yoga at the YMCA. In fact, a few students have actually gone from baby to teenager being taught by both of the Courtney’s.