Joel Jackson

Joel J.

Tampa, FL

Lesson Details



Joel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2008

Hi! I have been teaching for over seven years and am no stranger to the stage. While majoring in music performance at the University of West Georgia, I performed with jazz ensembles, guitar quartets, and percussion ensembles. I also performed many solo classical guitar recitals. The only thing I love more than performing, is teaching and sharing music.

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*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons generally include three parts with content depending on your level of experience: technique, repertoire, and theory. I am an enthusiastic although laid back teacher, however I do push my students in order for them to realize themselves as a musician. I like to have fun with lessons because music is fun and I enjoy it. I hope you do too!

Literature used in lessons:

New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children, By Sonia Michelson

The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method

Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, By Andres Segovia

Guitar Aerobics, By Troy Nelson

John Brimhall's Complete Theory Notebook, by of course John Brimhall

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room with 3 guitars, 1 bass, and an amp. Seating available. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide everything needed during the first lessons. After which the student shall provide a music stand, tuner, guitar, and all literature.

*** Specialties ***
Specialty in classical guitar, improvisation, and music theory.

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This is my experience on Youtube
Nov 1986 - Present


B.A. Music Performance
Aug 2005 - Jul 2011
University of West Georgia
B.A. Music Performance
Aug 2005 - Jul 2011
Universtiy of West Georgia


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Showing little Nolan the ol' F# major

Playing at East Atlanta Ice House with We Are All Nothing And Something, c. 2010

Rocky Mountain arranged by Wayne Belser
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12 Reviews

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Fidel M. Dec 4, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home

My first lesson with Joel was great. I was able to learn more that I expected and had a great time learning. Looking forward to doing my homework and to completing additional lessons with Joel.

Anthony D. Jul 29, 2015
Guitar · In home

Very patient and wiling to explain the details and reasons behind what you are learning.

Kolton D. Jul 15, 2015
Guitar · In home

I am so impressed with Joel. My son loves him. He is so patient, laid-back and easy going. But he is also very knowledgable and motivated. Great guy. Great teacher. We're very happy.

Austin L. May 15, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

I've had several different musical teachers throughout my life and I must say that I never really enjoyed any of them. Classes always seemed boring, far too structured, and like work instead of play. Once I started meeting with Joel though, my perception was greatly changed.

I love learning from Joel because he is enthusiastic and excellent at communicating music theory and technique. It never really feels like we have an exact structure that we have to follow but he always manages to keep me progressing. Regardless if I come in one day and just feel like jamming or if I want to raddle my brain with music theory all lesson, Joel is prepared and happy to do either.

I will highly recommend anyone to Joel that would like to learn to play in the classical style. He keeps the fire alive, truly loves his music, and is very passionate about it. These are the keys that bring beauty, creativity, and fun to the part of music, studying it proficiently, that can be frustrating or boring.

After a decade of failed teachers and being solely self taught, I couldn't be happier that I found a great teacher like Joel.

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Marina B. May 6, 2015
Guitar · In home

Joel has been instructing our daughter for several months now, and he has been absolutely wonderful. He is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher who also knows when its appropriate to push you out of your comfort zone. He makes the lessons fun and has no problem keeping an eight year old engaged for an entire session. She looks forward to Thursdays because that's Joel Day. You can tell he loves what he does, and that he genuinely cares for his students. For anybody looking for a great instructor, we would highly recommend Joel.

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Bharathi S. Feb 24, 2015
Guitar · In home

Joel is the nicest guitar teacher ever! During the first lesson he evaluated where I am as a musician and since then he has kept me challenged and helped my improve my skills in just a couple lessons. He's super patient and flexible and makes sure to emphasize proper technique, which is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher.

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Duncan B. Dec 20, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home

Joel is an excellent instructor. He is patient and knowledgeable. He is punctual and reliable. We appreciate the thought he puts into the lesson plans, and we highly recommend him.

Larry S. Oct 2, 2014
Guitar · In home

Joel is a great coach, he is very good at understanding and adapting in reference to your abilities thereby devising an individually appropriate lesson plan. He makes always makes himself available to assist with any issues that may arise in-between appointments which results in making your face time much more efficient.

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Michelle D. Aug 2, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio

Joel has been an EXCELLENT teacher! He is perceptive and very good at reading his student. He knows how to make them feel comfortable with whatever level they are at. He is extremely patient and encouraging. Joel knows how to inspire his students. The time in the lesson flies by quickly and the student walks out feeling very good about their progress, anxious to practice what they have learned and looking forward to the next lesson.

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Terry C. Mar 12, 2014
Guitar ·

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Thanks for your patience, Joel. You make it fun to learn.

Sophia C. Feb 13, 2014
Classical Guitar ·

great teacher!

Joel is very knowledgeable with music and is easy to learn from. He's patient and works at your learning speed! I look forward to my weekly class and I definitely have improved because of him. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn in a fun, easy going way.

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Igor P. Oct 31, 2013
Guitar ·

Joel J. Has shown great patience in teaching.

Joel J. has made the lessons interesting and inspiring giving great confidence to continue on with the learning process.

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