I’m a guitarist and songwriter in several bands in the Portland area. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Songwriting. I have taught guitar, production, and songwriting in Portland and the Rogue Valley for many years. As my student, I will work with you to map out where you’d like to get to as a musician and exactly how to get there. Music is an incredibly satisfying form of self expression, and I can help you discover and express your musical “voice;” the thing that makes Jimmy Page or Angus Young or Bruce Springsteen sound distinctly like themselves. I tailor my teaching method to individual students based on their interests and goals, but some things I like to teach are: fundamentals of music theory, songwriting techniques, lead guitar/improvisation, sight reading, and practice techniques. I specialize in rock/alternative/metal guitar and songwriting, but I am trained in both classical and jazz theory as well. As a solo artist, I’ve released two EP’s, I’ve performed in many bands, and written and produced music for various clients. My current band, Sea Sleeper has played venues like the Star Theater and is set to release its first EP in the upcoming months. When I’m not playing music, I can be found surfing, reading, or watching the occasional B-horror movie.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2009
Bachelor's of Music in Songwriting
Teaches ages 5+
Speaks German, English
Has background check
Joel is teaching piano to our (very strong-willed) eight year old. Joel is doing a great job of meeting her where she is and instilling her with a love for music. She's really enjoying the process and sometimes even waits by the window before lesson time because she can't wait for her lesson!
Our nine year old daughter absolutely loves having Joel as her piano teacher. He is fun, kind and helping her make great progress. Most importantly, she is loving the experience of learning her first instrument - which is what we care about most.
He’s an amazing teacher. He focuses on things that are relevant to my musical goals. He easily breaks down topics I have trouble with. I never run out of things to practice. I am very happy with my experience.