Joe Messina

Joe M.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I have been a songwriter for 15 years, playing in bands and producing independent solo albums. In my comedy career I frequently write theme music, parodies, and funny political songs for various local shows my friends and I produce.

In addition to music theory, we can work on song structure, the anatomy of pop music, lyric and vocal phrasing, expanding on initial ideas, and I can provide feedback on works in progress. I can also help you analyze songs by your favorite artists so you can learn their approach.

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About

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

Teaching since:
February 2014

I can give you a solid start on the guitar. Whether you're just learning your way around the neck or ready to ...

Experience

Guitar and Piano Teacher
Mar 2018 - Present
School of Rock

I teach individual guitar and piano lessons and run group rehearsals with kids of varying ages and instruments.

Guitar and Piano Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present
Varsity Tutors

I teach guitar and piano lessons in the Philadelphia area to students of varying age and skill level.

Guitarist
Feb 2013 - Dec 2018
Victoria Watts Music

Lead guitar fill-in for singer/songwriter Victoria Watts.

Guitarist, Singer, and Arranger
Jun 2017 - Sep 2018
Just Another Band, LLC

I played lead guitar, sang backup and lead vocals, and arranged music for 88mph, a party and event band associated with Shore Bets Unique Events and Entertainment. Current fill-in guitarist.

Guitarist
May 2014 - Sep 2014
EBE Events & Entertainment

Played weddings and events with agency band. Everything from Nicki Minaj to Frank Sinatra.


Education

Certificate, General Music Studies
Jan 2019 - Present
Berklee College of Music
B.A. Writing
Aug 2007 - Aug 2012
Ithaca College
High School
Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
Staples High School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My band, 88mph, performing our Christmas medley, "Jingle All The Way"
Photo by Patrick Barnes

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There's a reason some guitars cost $2400.
"Bobby Q's" Westport, CT - 2012

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Photo by Joe M.

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"The Middle East" Boston, MA - 2013

With Victoria Watts Band

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Photo by Joe M.

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Me dressed as Slash playing Bruce at Surf Dog in Woodbine, NJ. 

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My band, 88mph, performing our cover of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" to celebrate the Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl victory
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2 Reviews

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Audrey Aug 19, 2018
Music Theory · In home

Joe is an awesome guitarist!! I took lessons from him, and he was really good and knew just how to get me to improve. He also knows a TON about all different kinds of music and music theory--I signed up for guitar, but I ended up learning lots of other useful stuff too. Highly recommended!!!

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Max Feb 15, 2018
Songwriting · In home

i took rock history, rock appreciation and rock theory from joe, who rocks

very good guitar teacher! joe is a PRO

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