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Our son has been taking lessons--both ukulele and drums--with Mr. C. for about (six) 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.  Some might find it completely unusual or non-effective, but 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 on one Saturday 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.

Uke Band is for youth who know how to play the ukulele and they experience group practice and performance.

Trumpet Band (TBA)


   Brian Courtney has been teaching for about 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.C has created and grown this music studio for over 10 years. In addition, he has years of public school teaching experience in band, general music, and much more. In just his first 2 years as a licensed professional teacher in the public schools he taught almost 2,000 students. He has a Music Education degree from Indiana University and has held teaching licenses for music and elementary classroom, and has been a performing musician in rock, soul, and jazz bands.

    The main thing you should know about Mr.C is that he loves to share music with others and the development of each student young or old is the most important thing. Music is a way to experience the world and it is for everyone. 

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Be Music Studios is a music lesson studio where Mr.C gives lessons on guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano, drums, trumpet and Saturday band groups in Bloomington, Indiana since 2008. Mr.C has been teaching music since 1995.

                                                                                             UPCOMING EVENTS:                                                                                                      

                         Trumpet Lessons for 3rd,4th and 5th graders (and older)

                  Youth Open Mic @ Trailhead Pizzeria SUNDAY Nov.12th 5-7pm





WHAT:  Be Music Studios is a music lesson studio run by Mr.C providing music lessons to children and adults for almost 10 years now. Mr.C teaches TRUMPET, GUITAR, BASS GUITAR, and UKULELE from beginner to an advanced level. He also teaches piano and drums/mallets for beginning level students.

WHO:  From 5 years old and up, teens and adults as well.  (1-4 year olds should be seeking out group musical activities first such as IU’s Musical Beginnings and First Voices or Musikgarten classes.)

HOW: Young students (~5-9yrs) might want to take one month of lessons to MEET THE INSTRUMENTS and just get familiar with actual physical instruments in a music studio that contains several. Some students start lessons in elementary school and have been in continuous music lessons for many years. Others begin at any age up to adults, and several students have come to this studio after trying other options. It is this music studio’s firm belief that every student has different needs, so they should find the teacher that works best for them. Mr.C is an actual teacher and has a wide variety of teaching experiences well beyond any music ed degree, but he gladly refers some students to other teachers that he knows will be a better fit.

WHY: Learning about music, playing music, learning an instrument, and utilizing the full auditory facility helps any person in numerous ways. Any recent article touting music learning making the brain grow is most likely true, but the real emphasis that should be focused on is that it is just one great avenue in which to learn about learning. Mr.C Has observed in ages 4-24 that attending school does not necessarily ever make someone LEARN HOW TO LEARN. Most of us passively listen to any and everything, when you study music, at a young or old age, you are starting to actively interact with the auditory realm which is passive for so many people, even some professed music lovers. There are multiple positive effects from even just a few music lessons and most certainly many more for a multiple year study. We have a simply stated heartfelt mission that has proven true.

                                     Mission Statement: “To instill a lifelong love of music”

WHEN: Monday - Thursday 4:30-8:30pm

(Additional Saturday A.M. times are sometimes available when the majority of the spots are filled which is now common place.)

WHERE: East side of Bloomington,Indiana near Moores Pike and 446

CONTACT EMAIL:       mistercourtney (at)

CURRENT SPECIAL:  TRUMPET LESSONS = Specifically beneficial for 3rd-5th graders, and new 6th grade band students as well as 7th and 8th grade middle schoolers and 9th-12th grade high schoolers.        SPECIAL = Included TRUMPET Rental for the next new trumpet student.