Joe Prior

Joe P.

Kissimmee, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Joe teaches classical and jazz with composition and improvisation which allows students to have fun from the start. Joe has taught over 6 years, with a variety of ages, all the way from kids to senior adults.

My approach combines knowledge of composition and music theory with skills at the keyboard. My unique approach includes learning by ear not just from the page, improvising from the beginning, etc. and other experiential exercises.

Joe has studied popular teaching techniques like Suzuki and Bastien, but also informs students about the way famous pianists of the past, like Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms would approach the instrument.

Joe moved to Nashville in 2015 where he got into the gritty details of less traditionally taught sub-genres of music like rock, funk, R&B, pop. He took a course in piano pedagogy in college which explored how to meet the individual needs of developing musicians. He is a product of Belmont University School of Music, earning a degree in Commercial Music.

For two years, he was a volunteer piano teacher at W.O. Smith Music School, teaching two students weekly from beginner levels, applying his holistic approach to piano and complete musicianship.

He loves playing and writing jazz and classical piano, and also likes film scoring. He is pianist in the top "Jazz Band One" of Belmont University. You can watch Joe in action and download sheet music at joeprior.com.

I look forward to taking you to the next level of music!

About Joe P.

Hello! I'm a professional jazz pianist and composer, but classically trained first. I moved here in 2015 to be around the best musicians. My jazz really took off here, and I'm playing private events as background music on weekends. Making music has always been a love affair for me, and along the way I want to share how others can make the same, and new beautiful music of their own! I hope I can inspire and entertain your next step in the journey of piano.

Fun fact: my classical college piano teacher takes lessons with Leon Fleischer, who studied with Schnabel, who studied with Beethoven!

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Piano teacher
Sep 2015 - May 2017

W.O. Smith Music School

Taught two exceptional students once a week, starting with familiar melodies, scales and arpeggios, and then learning by ear.

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Commercial Music
Aug 2015 - Present

Belmont University

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