Joe Schmid
San Diego, CA
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Joe Schmid

Joe S.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing Bodhran for about 3 years now. Needless to say, my favorite experiences with it have been playing in Ireland with the other trad musicians there. Nothing beats a session in Doolin!

About Joe S.

I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.


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40 Reviews
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Joe is an excellent observer and listener. In our first lesson, was able to assess where I was at and immediately start providing constructive feedback. Looking forward to continuing!

Posted Apr 10, 2021
Jim J.
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Posted Apr 4, 2021
John M.
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I like his combination of enthusiasm and patience! Excellent skills!

Posted Dec 7, 2020
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Great first lesson!

Posted Nov 22, 2020
Carter A.
Profile-location-online Online

Just had my first lesson with Joe. I can already tell he cares a lot about the craft and is willing to adjust his instruction to fit the student.

Posted Oct 3, 2020
Don M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe’s really down to earth, a good teacher and I look forward to a lasting relationship with him.

Posted Aug 22, 2020
Judi F.
Profile-location-online Online

Very good. Can't wait until next lesson.

Posted Aug 17, 2020
Steven Bennett
Profile-location-home Student's Home

its good

Posted Jul 25, 2020
Christine M.
Profile-location-online Online

I was nervous about online lessons - but Joe was so patient and knowledgeable. My child has a learning disability but Joe never made this an issue giving my child amazing confidence. Great teacher so far highly recommended.

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Stephen C.
Profile-location-online Online

This was my first lesson with Joe. He was very knowledgable, thorough and patient. I am looking forward to my next lesson with him.

Posted May 28, 2020
Maria P.
Profile-location-online Online

Joe is awesome, patient and kind. Makes feel no pressure. Learned a lot in my first lesson.
Highly recommend! -Maria🙂

Posted May 17, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Have had one lesson and thoroughly enjoyed it. Joe is very knowledgeable and patient. Looking forward to more lessons.

Posted May 14, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Great initial lesson.., Joe is a natural teacher.., i look forward to the next lesson.

Posted May 10, 2020
Marvin C.
Profile-location-online Online

The best teacher ever, very good guitar teacher, gets the point across while being very kind about it, very fun-loving and caring to his students, catering to their playing needs.

Posted May 6, 2020
Levi H.
Profile-location-online Online

Joe is a personable and knowledgeable guitar instructor. My son is really learning a lot even only after a short time.

Posted May 6, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Joe is a great teacher! He’s very knowledgeable about the banjo as well as patient and encouraging. I’ve been taking lessons with him for a little over a month and I’m making a lot of progress with him.

Posted May 2, 2020
Marvin C.
Profile-location-online Online

camera and sound was nice, no glitches, deserves a 6 star. very nice to students, gets the lesson through, always on time.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Fantastic lesson. Thanks a bunch, Joe! Look forward to our next one 🤙

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Carson C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

First lesson was great.
Analyzed previous progress with my 12 yr old and had a plan for future growth.

Posted Dec 4, 2019
John P.
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Very happy so far

Posted Mar 12, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Terrific instructor...just what i was looking for.

Posted Jul 30, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe is a great teacher for my son - patient, enthusiastic and adapts the music for learning to my son's interest. Can't recommend enough - great!

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson. Very professional and impressed with Joe's knowledge and teaching skills.

Posted Sep 13, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe has been super patient and easy to practice with. Very knowledgeable in his craft and I highly recommend him to any future students.

Posted Jul 26, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe was enthusiastic and really taught my son a lot! Great lesson and looking forward to more!

Posted Jun 20, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe is an excellent teacher, nice person with the great knowledge of child's developmental psychology, strong communicational skills, ability to connect quickly, easy going, patient and absolutely loving to teach. We highly recommend him.

Posted Jul 12, 2016
Aaron G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe has been a great teacher. I am amazed how quickly the lessons have progressed. He is patient and his passion for music is apparent.

Posted Jul 9, 2016
Nancy (mom)
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great teacher-organized & punctual. He has a passion for music and has a great disposition. My kids enjoyed their lesson and have been practicing on their own.

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Diane B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe is a great teacher. He manages to provide a rare balance of providing structure and technique infusing a delightful element of fun and social interaction. My lessons are about music, art, and life and science. Highly recommend!

Posted Jun 26, 2016
Borna T.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He was so patient and good..

Posted May 14, 2016
Cara S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Joe was very intuitive and kind with our daughter. Our younger daughter wants to take lessons from him too. He is very knowledgable in the music field. Pleasure to have in our home.

Posted May 10, 2016
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Excellent approach, friendly and educative .

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Austin F.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Easy to follow

Posted Jan 22, 2016
Adam V.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I've only had one lesson with Joe so far but he was great. We worked on the basics before getting into a specific song I need to learn. Have already booked the next lesson.

Posted Jan 6, 2016
John V.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He is so kind and and easy to get along with. He cares about my son's progress. I appreciate his professionalism. We will be sticking with him for sometime.

Posted Dec 26, 2015
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Best instructor I've ever had! I've been taking lesson with Joe for over 7 years. He has taught me all that I know about the guitar from improvisational blues to jazz and solos. I was very nervous when practicing my solos but he makes it very approachable and gets you over the fear. On top of that he began teaching me how to sing. He is a patient instructor who works with you and all your needs. Extremely knowledgable about music and music theory (so he could technically play any instrument by applying his knowledge of musical theory). I highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn the guitar for sure! But also if you are trying to sing and song write. He is great and explaining to the student very complex subjects and helping you understand it fully. Best teacher I've ever had and made me the musician I am today :)

Posted Dec 2, 2015
Steven Bennett
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Posted Feb 1, 2021
Jim E.
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Posted Sep 28, 2020
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Posted Apr 6, 2020
Steven Bennett
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Posted Apr 4, 2020

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Guitar / Music Theory / Piano / Voice / Mandolin / Ukulele / Banjo, etc. Instructor
Jan 2007 - Present


Started teaching guitar, voice, piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and more independently. Developed custom made lesson plans on a per student basis.

Jul 2019 - Nov 2020

Taylor Guitars

Great job of analyzing the global guitar industry. Learned a lot about acoustic instrument production and care.

Guitar / Music Theory Instructor
Jan 2003 - Oct 2006

Kidder Music

Took a guitar studio that had four students enrolled and increased it to thirty two students of all ages. Also taught bass guitar, keyboard theory, and music theory.

Guitar / Vocals
Aug 2000 - May 2006

Casual Man - Band

Played guitar and sang in a Budweiser sponsored band covering classic to modern rock. Also did session and songwriting work with other members of the band.

Music studies
Aug 1998 - May 2001

Missouri State University and Illinois State University

Took pedagogy coursework on piano, flute, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, plus studied classical guitar and sang in choir.

Guitar Instruction
Sep 1996 - Apr 1997

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Taught group guitar class of students 18 and older.


Masters in Business Administration
Aug 2016 - Sep 2018

University of California - Irvine

Sociology / Psychology
Jan 2003 - May 2006

Illinois State University



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