Joel Harder

Joel H.

New York, NY

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Joel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75

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Music, and piano playing, has been a lifelong passion for me. I've been playing piano since I was 5 years old, and I've been teaching piano for over a decade, in 3 different countries to children and adults of all ages and abilities. I have taught privately, at music schools and at prestigious conservatories, including Juilliard.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Piano from Canada, a Master's Degree from the Guildhall School in London, UK, and a Doctoral Degree from the Juilliard School. I currently teach university students at SUNY Binghamton in upstate NY.

Since I am classically trained, classical music is my specialty, but I can teach jazz and contemporary repertoire as well. You will be hard pressed to find a more experienced and highly-trained pianist!

Music and learning music should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and it's my mission to make sure this happens in my studio. I want to pass on the joy music has given me!

I am able to teach in my own studio, or travel to your home provided it is reasonable distance. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano
Aug 2015 - Present
Binghamton University

- Hired as tenure-track faculty in the music department to create a Masters' level program for Graduate Collaborative Pianists
- Give individual lessons to undergraduate solo pianists as well as masters level collaborative pianists
- Hold studio classes, give group class on vocal repertoire and coach chamber music
- Recent student graduate has gone on to Masters studies at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore

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Piano Minor/Keyboard Skills Instructor
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
The Juilliard School

• Independently taught 2 classes on keyboard skills for piano majors
• Instructor for Piano Minor classes – responsible for planning, teaching and assessing non-piano majors according to a set syllabus, in a course required for graduation
• Experience in teaching classes of up to 8 people, with a full studio of 30 students

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Piano Instructor
Mar 2007 - Jul 2008
North London Performing Arts Centre

• Taught applied lessons and theory to both children and adult students
• Collaborated with other faculty members to organize performances
• Prepared students for successful examinations


DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Collaborative Piano
Aug 2010 - May 2015
The Juilliard School
Post-Graduate Course in Accompaniment
Sep 2005 - Jul 2008
The Guildhall School (London, UK)
MMUS in Piano Performance
Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
University of Ottawa
BMUS in Piano Performance
Sep 1997 - Feb 2002
University of Alberta


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Presser Award for Doctoral Research
Apr 2014
Presser Foundation
CV Starr Doctoral Fellowship
Sep 2010
The Juilliard School
William M. Joel Foundation Award for study at the Tanglewood Centre
Jun 2010
Billy Joel

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