Joe Schmid

Joe S.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Lesson Details

Singing

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been singing professionally for almost 18 years now, plus done quite a bit of vocal recording. My experiences range from choirs to bands to a capella singing in a series of different environments. I try to work with each person to explore their strengths, plus increase their discipline.
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About

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Joe delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 1996

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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Experience

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

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

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.

Education

Masters in Business Administration
Aug 2016 - Present
University of California - Irvine
Sociology / Psychology
Jan 2003 - May 2006
Illinois State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

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14 Reviews

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Laurie Sep 13, 2017
Ukulele · In home

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

Shiva Jul 26, 2017
Piano · In 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.

John Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · In home

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

Ellada Jul 12, 2016
Guitar · In 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.

Aaron G. Jul 9, 2016
Ukulele · In 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.

Nancy (mom) Jun 28, 2016
Ukulele · In 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.

Diane B. Jun 26, 2016
Bodhran · In 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!

Borna T. May 14, 2016
Piano · In home

He was so patient and good..

Cara S. May 10, 2016
Singing · In 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.

Samuel Apr 2, 2016
Guitar · In home

Excellent approach, friendly and educative .

Austin F. Jan 22, 2016
Banjo · In home

Easy to follow

Adam V. Jan 6, 2016
Singing · In 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.

John V. Dec 26, 2015
Guitar · In 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.

Brad Dec 2, 2015
Guitar · In 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 :)

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