Joel Bourret

Joel B.

Memphis, TN
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have had many of my songs played on the radio in UK , USA and Canada. Focusing on lyrics and theory as it applies to song writing.

About Joel B.

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Memphis, TN. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt. Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.

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Collin W.
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Joel was a wonderful teacher for my 9 year old. He took his time with him. They laughed and had fun. I would highly recommend him to to anyone looking for a teacher in my area.

Posted Sep 5, 2020
Bennie C.

Excellent instructor

Posted Jan 10, 2020
Ernest
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Cant say enough good things about Joel. He doesnt get frustrated when I don't grasp a concept he breaks it down to where I can understand and work through it. Works to play what I'm interested and what I really want to play. I thought going to learn an instrument at 27 would be rough but it has been fun and enjoyable.

Posted Mar 30, 2019
Ernest
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Joel is an amazing instructor. I have had music instructors that get frustrated and roll their eyes or scoff. Not once have I gotten that from Joel. He breaks it down to where it is completely understandable and willing to work at your speed. I especially like that he isn't hung up on boring songs he pushes for what the student is interested in. Makes learning so much more fun. I thought trying to learn an instrument at 27 would make me feel dumb but Joel doesnt create that kind of environment. Only good vibes. Cant say enough good things about Joel.

Posted Mar 30, 2019
Laura M.
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We are so glad that Joel is our 12 year olds Ukulele instructor. Joel is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled musician. He is especially gifted in putting students at ease and guiding them in pursuing their individual music styles. After only a short number of lesson with Joel, our shy girl is playing and singing her favorite popular songs !!

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Nathan
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He was very professional and he cared about my success. I was not just another student and he makes everyone feel that way. Super polite.

Posted Dec 15, 2018
Elena M.
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From 16-year old: Very flexible and is fun within his lessons but influences his students to want to get better, using songs the students like

Posted Sep 2, 2018
Nathan
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Joel is a very cool guy who is fun and easy to work with. He is very professionable, knowledgeable and experienced so you get a lot out of the lesson. I look forward to my future lessons with Joel because he cares about my progress just as much if not more than I do and that’s all you can ask for from a teacher.

Posted Jul 18, 2018
Tracy
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Just because you know how to do something does not mean that you can teach others how to do it, but this is not the case with Joel. He is a very knowledgeable, friendly and talented instructor who truly possesses the art of teaching. Joel works with you where you are and scaffolds your lessons in a way that you can't help but learn and feel accomplished every time that you meet with him. I highly recommend Joel as a guitar instructor!

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Tracy
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Joel is a fantastic instructor! My 5-year-old son loves him and has enjoyed his lessons because Joel is so very patient and skilled at what he does. I highly recommend Joel if you have a child wanting to learn to play the guitar. His coming to our home for lessons has been wonderful!

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Lisa Murdock
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Joel did a great job of explaining why you need to do things certain ways which was helpful. He was very patient and encouraging.

Posted Oct 25, 2017
Albert
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Joel is a very good instructor, he makes sure his students develope good work ethics and lays a foundation that keeps a students interest and desire to learn.

Posted Sep 20, 2017
Leslie
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Joel is a great instructor he is so calm and incouroging! He make it fun!

Posted Aug 25, 2017
John
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HE was very easy to understand. Very knowledgeable

Posted Mar 30, 2017
Jamia O.
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Joel was an inspiration. He is very knowledgeable and most important patients

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Jamia O.
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Joel was an inspiration. He is very knowledgeable and most important patients

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Molly
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Amazing instructor! Made my daughter very comfortable and created a good learning environment

Posted Jan 12, 2017
Erica
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Joel is such a great teacher. He's very nice and patient with beginners. I've learned a lot so far in my lessons. I would recommend anyone to take lessons from him.

Posted Dec 14, 2016
Jacki
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Joel is very supportive of beginners and makes learning enjoyable. Before our first lesson together, I had never picked up a guitar. Since then, I've learned a lot and it's never been boring. I highly recommend him to students of all levels.

Posted Dec 14, 2016
Jacki
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Joel is very encouraging and understanding with new and inexperienced students.

Posted Nov 17, 2016
David B.
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Very good. Teacher knows his stuff. Teaches at the proper level for the student.

Posted May 5, 2016

Experience

Guitar, Bass & Ukulele teacher
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016

Music And Arts, Millburn NJ

Teaching students songs, technique, theory, and how to improve their singing.

Guitar, Bass & Ukulele teacher
Mar 2014 - May 2015

Sam Ash, Springfield NJ

Head guitar teacher at Sam Ash in Springfield. Teaching many students of all ages and abilities.

Education

Music Composition
Sep 1991 - Jun 1993

Humber College, Toronto

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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