Joe Holmes

Joe H.

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
April 2009

I began music in Winona, MN at age 9 with a pair of drumsticks and went on to become a world champion in 2003 with the Blue Stars drum and bugle corps. I do all things percussion and have been playing for 20 years but these days I do a lot more than just drums.

My time spent studying Music Education at the University of North Texas expanded my musical horizons adding piano and guitar among other tools of the trade. The majority of my students these days are piano students young and old but I love teaching a variety of lessons including guitar and ukelele.

I currently teach piano, drums, and guitar at a local music store in the Twin Cities. I also teach the Hastings drumline in the summer and fall and the Red Wing indoor drumline in the winter time.

On a completely different note, I'm a veteran member of the Twin Cities Terrors all-star men's roller derby team. I travel across the country as Egon Strangler challenging teams on roller skates from Dallas to New York. You can find more info about when I'm skating next at or just ask me about it. I love to talk about derby.

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll take a focused and fun look at the kind of music you want to play and make that an achievable reality. Whether we'll be playing Ben Folds, Bach, or Bruno we'll work together to find a direct path to making the music that you like.

My goal is to make your experience interesting and understandable. If I send you home with music you can understand that you enjoy playing then I know you'll practice and our time together will be successful. Everyone has that creative spark and I'm just here to help you shine some light on it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
An instrument they can practice on.

*** Specialties ***
I play and teach a method that customizes the experience for each student so they get the most out of their time on their instrument of choice. We can play any song in any genre and most importantly, have fun with it.

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Music Teacher
Oct 2011 - Present
Schmitt Music

I've been teaching piano, drums, and guitar out at Schmitt Music since my move to the twin cities. I also do clinics for music educators, marching band camps, and group lessons.


Music Education
Sep 2002 - Jun 2007
University of North Texas


Fluent / Native Proficiency


2003 DCI World Champion
Sep 2003
Drum Corps International

5 Reviews

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Eric J. Jun 24, 2015
Guitar · In home

I've got two kids (ages 9 and 12) taking guitar and piano lessons with Joe for a couple years. He's been great! He's a gifted instructor who does a great job of meeting my kids at their level and tailoring the instruction style to their needs and personalities.

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Jennifer F. Jun 22, 2015
Drum · Online

Joe is a great teacher. He motivates my son to the nth degree. Focuses on music my son is interested in while also expanding his horizons. Drills without discouraging. He is just awesome.

Theo N. Jun 22, 2013
Drum ·

The Good, the Bad, & the Drummy

Joe is knowledgable in percussion and pretty flexible with instruction. He identifies strength areas and assigns appropriate work. He also showed me how to install drum heads and gave me some tricks on care and maintenance of my equipment. Of the three drum teachers I've had, I like Joe the best. I have been playing drums for 3 years and I am 12 years old.

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Darcie F. Jun 20, 2013
Piano ·

Fun Teacher!

Joe is a patient teacher and a highly knowledgeable and gifted musician who makes learning the piano safe, fun and easy. B.F., age six, is reading notes and able to play a few songs on his own after only a few months of weekly sessions. In the words of that six-year-old, "Joe is funny and I like his games. He lets me talk about the weekends and Wii and he teaches me the piano." B.F. leaves his lessons smiling and wanting to come back to Joe to hang out and learn even more. We highly recommend Joe if you are looking for a caring and fun teacher who teaches in a positive manner, who gets results from the student, who lets the student pick their own music, and who helps the student have confidence and pride in their progressing musical accomplishments.
-DarcieF and Joe's student, B.F.

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Rebecca T. Jun 18, 2013
Guitar ·

Great teacher

Great teacher keeps you on trackand tries to explain everything very well. He lets you pick the songs you play and do what you want to do like different types of tuning and playing.

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