Joel Bourret

Joel B.

Memphis, TN
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Chords, theory, and most importantly SONGS !
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Joel teaches



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

Teaching since:
November 2012

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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13 Reviews

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Tracy Jun 26, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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!

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Tracy Jun 26, 2018
Ukulele · In home

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!

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Lisa Murdock Oct 25, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Joel did a great job of explaining why you need to do things certain ways which was helpful. He was very patient and encouraging.

Albert Sep 20, 2017
Guitar · In studio

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.

Leslie Aug 25, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Joel is a great instructor he is so calm and incouroging! He make it fun!

John Mar 30, 2017
Guitar · In studio

HE was very easy to understand. Very knowledgeable

Jamia O. Jan 18, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Joel was an inspiration. He is very knowledgeable and most important patients

Jamia O. Jan 18, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Joel was an inspiration. He is very knowledgeable and most important patients

Molly Jan 12, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Amazing instructor! Made my daughter very comfortable and created a good learning environment

Erica Dec 14, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

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.

Jacki Dec 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio

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.

Jacki Nov 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Joel is very encouraging and understanding with new and inexperienced students.

David B. May 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Very good. Teacher knows his stuff. Teaches at the proper level for the student.

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