Joe has over 10 years experience teaching music in a multitude of settings and all levels , styles, and types of students -- from children and adults trying an instrument for the first time, to professionals seeking another perspective on developing their craft. He teaches saxophone for all levels, and piano, flute, and clarinet for all non-professional levels. He has worked as a private lesson tutor; master-class guest clinician; after-school program instructor; and even once as a summer camp director for children impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Each lesson/class by Joe is based both around:
discovering the music You love, and ways to understand/play it
gaining a complete foundation in the fundamentals of music performance and theory, that apply to all genres and styles
Joe also works toward all additional goals desired by student, parent, teacher, or workshop client:
prepare for a big audition
learn a favorite song by ear / by reading
No matter what the topic Joe will help you cultivate a strong and disciplined sense of Practice- aka self-guided Growth, an idea and a skill which can be hugely beneficial to all areas of life, including school, sports, and careers.
Having studied saxophone and piano in both classical and jazz pedagogies, and worked with numerous bands from all styles and musicians from all backgrounds, Joe is uniquely experienced in communicating musical ideas with all types of people. A lesson will often include a mixed use of teaching via the centuries-old aural tradition, as well incorporating 21st century tools like smartphone app’s, youtube videos, and wikipedia info.
Joe has developed and taught curriculum for both private lessons and large group classrooms, including working at Union City Music Project, American Music Abroad, Ropeadope Education Project, MusicStart, Kingwood High School, Springwoods High School, Music and Arts, and the world-renowned HSPVA. During his most recent stint as an instructor at Houston’s renowned Sessions Music, Joe was promoted based on achieving the highest student-retention rate on staff.