Cello, Double Bass, Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
Online via Webcam
My Musical Education Background
A.A Liberal Arts and Sciences: North Country Community College, Cum Laude
B.M: Music Education (K-12): Orchestra at State University of New York at Potsdam, Crane School of Music, Cum Laude
Genres and Subjects Taught
Currently teaching high school orchestra, music theory and composition, and American Folk Music History.
Areas of concentration:
- classical violin
- double bass
- As a 5th generation fiddler, I specialize in bluegrass, celtic, and traditional styles of fiddling
- Extensive background in sound engineering studies, technology in music, music theory, and aural skills.
Q: What is the difference between a violin and fiddle?
A: Absolutely nothing, except for how you play it! Really, the most successful fiddlers and violinists first learn streamlined ways of holding that pile of wood and strings that hangs from your neck that some call a fiddle and some call a violin. The content is what changes. In other words, what you play changes. Call it what you want.....there are OK ways to hold your instrument, then there are better ways to hold your instrument, and there are the best ways to hold your instrument. I set you up so you are able to play the content that you wish - be it "classical" or "fiddle."
Students interested in composition and music theory are of special interest and I would be happy to help your musical ideas come to life.
While most lessons are delivered online, local students have the option of taking in-person lessons at Pedal Point Music in Dunwoody, GA. Lesson rates are:
- $35 for 30 minute lessons
- $45 for 45 minute lessons
- Lessons at Pedal Point Music are $1.50 more per lesson.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I have both extensive private and classroom experience with elementary, middle, and high school students as well over 14 years of experience working with adults and those who have taken the plunge to make music a part of their retirement. All ages are welcome.
My Certifications and Awards
- State of Georgia Educator Certificate (Georgia Professional Standards Commision)
- State of NY Educator Certificate (previous)
- Active Member NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
- Active Member GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association)
- Active Member ASTA (American String Teachers Association)
- Engaging Minds (Math & the Arts Integration)
- ArtsNow Foundational
- Crayola Creative Leadership
My Musical Influences
Just to name a few (and in no particular order!):
- Itzhak Perlman
- Issak Stern
- Inisheer (!!!!)
- Dave Mason
- Little Feat
- The Killers
- Kurt Vile
- Billy Joel
- Morten Lauridsen
I took his music theory class and loved his teaching style. He is really knowledgable and professional. Best teacher ever!
Joel's teaching style is a perfect match for both of my sons. He is a gifted professional and teacher who is knowledgeable and patient.
Pound Ridge, NY
I was Joel's sponsor teacher when he student taught and then his colleague when the district hired him. he brought much to the table and the kids loved him! He has an enthusiasm for music that is clearly evident to his students and he is always bringing his innovative ideas to his teaching...He adjusts and adapts to a myriad of abilities and learning styles and leaves no child behind!!! He is a wonderful teacher with a kind heart! Do NOT miss a chance to work with him!
My son attends Seton Catholic and has had Joel as his music teacher for the past 2 years. My younger daughter takes private cello lessons from Joel. He's great!! He is very talented and enthusiastic about teaching music. My daughter is about to perform her first NYSSMA solo, and I definitely feel she has been well prepared.