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Joel Perkins

Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (map)

Lessons Offered

Cello, Double Bass, Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

Online via Webcam

About Me

Born and raised in Saranac Lake, Joel Perkins is a fifth generation fiddler and violinist native to the Adirondacks. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY in 2010. He has taught elementary orchestra at Bedford Hills Elementary School, Bedford, NY; middle and high school chorus, band, and strings at Seton Catholic Central School, Plattsburgh, NY; And currently is the director of orchestras at the Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts, Atlanta, GA. He enjoys keeping a virtual studio of students at H&H Fine Arts Studio in Plattsburgh utilizing the latest in 21st century educational technology. 

He has recorded and produced five albums to his name and most recently a family anthology of eighty-six tunes over three CD's spanning five generations of Perkins Family music. Joel has had the opportunity to tour with the band ​Jacks and Heroes as well as performing at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with his band, Inisheer. One of his most memorable experiences was performing at a small chapel worship service that (then president) George W. Bush, his wife Laura and United States Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas attended. 

Having over 14 years of private studio instruction experience and over 8 years of classroom teaching experience, Joel brings expertise in differentiated instruction, teaching students of all ages with a wide array of musical tastes and abilities. 

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
  • viola
  • cello
  • 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.  

Lesson Rates

Most lessons are 30 minutes, however more time can be dedicated to your interests if desired. Pricing is competitive. Please contact me for more details, or call H&H Fine Arts Studio at the phone number above. 

Lessons take place at H&H Fine Arts Studio in Plattsburgh via the Virtual classroom, featuring the latest in integrated educational technology. In instances where travel to the studio for lessons is not an option, students can take lessons from their home. Students will need a reliable internet connection, a device with a camera, speakers, and microphone. Compatibility with any mobile device (iOS, Android, and Windows), Mac, and PC (Windows/Linux) is guaranteed.

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

See above. 

My Musical Influences

Just to name a few (and in no particular order!): 

  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Issak Stern 
  • Mozart
  • Solas
  • Goitse
  • Inisheer (!!!!)
  • Dave Mason
  • Little Feat
  • MGMT
  • The Killers
  • Kurt Vile
  • Billy Joel
  • Morten Lauridsen

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Student Reviews

Plattsburgh, NY

I took his music theory class and loved his teaching style. He is really knowledgable and professional. Best teacher ever!

Morrisonville, NY

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!

Morrisonville, NY

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.

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