Joe Messina

Joe M.

Philadelphia, PA
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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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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 ...


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B.A. Writing
Aug 2007 - Aug 2012
Ithaca College
High School
Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
Staples High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

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

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

Photo by Joe M.

"The Middle East" Boston, MA - 2013

With Victoria Watts Band

Photo by Joe M.

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