Joel McCoy

Joel M.

Smithfield, RI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This is my first instrument and my first love of music! I can teach styles across several periods of music and am open to what you want to learn!

About Joel M.

Learning piano, voice or trumpet with me means that you will have access to over 20 years of playing experience and over 10 years of training and teaching experience! I have a BA in music history and literature (Magna Cum Laude) from Rhode Island College. I studied music performance in all three areas. I'm also an active performer in Providence, Boston and other places.

Most of all, I believe we should have a relaxed and fun time together. We learn best that way. A little bit of humor mixed in with serious study is a combination that has never failed me!

*** Lesson Details ***
Please see the "how it works section" for general information on payments and policies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1927 Steinway M piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Client must have the necessary space and instrument for instruction and practice. I'm available to advise on purchase and rental suggestions.

*** Specialties ***
All the instruments I teach are classically informed both in the literature I study and the techniques I've learned. This doesn't mean you can't apply the same to other styles. In fact, when you learn the proper technique, you can apply it to a number of styles while keeping yourself healthy and in the best shape possible!


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Private Studio Instructor
Nov 2013 - Present

The Wheeler School

Currently teaching piano and voice to lower and elementary students at this private school located on the East Side of Providence near Brown University.

Private Studio Instructor
Jul 2012 - Present

The Knapp School, South Kingstown Parks and Recreation

Teaching several elementary, middle, high school, and adult students in piano, voice, and trumpet.

Private Studio Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present

The Gordon School

Currently teaching piano to elementary students at this private school in East Providence, RI.

Independent Studio Teacher
Jan 2009 - Present

(Self-run studio)

I've been teaching my current roster of students for 5 years now with previous instruction experience of a couple years in 1993-1995. I have long-running students that I've had the pleasure of teaching and watching them grow in their musicianship!

Cantor and Tenor Soloist
Apr 2002 - Present

S. Stephens Church, Providence, RI

Professional singer for this well-renowned professional choir providing a year-round repertoire of music from a wide-range of periods from the Medieval to the present.

Tenor soloist
Apr 2011 - Nov 2015

Canto Armonico, Boston, MA

Professional choir originally based at Harvard, section member and soloist for repertoire ranging from 16th century works to pieces written last year. Guest conductors are world-recognized leaders in the field from the world over.

Tenor Soloist
Oct 2007 - Jan 2014

Zefiro Vocal Ensemble

Member of award-winning vocal octet singing early music and beyond. Regularly scheduled ensemble for performance series' of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe and the Society for Historically Informed Performance. Regular performances in the Boston area and Yale University. Master-class with Peter Phillips, founder and director of the world-famous vocal ensemble, The Tallis Scholars.

Non-Profit Arts Development Associate
Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

FirstWorks Providence

Wrote and edited grant materials, fundraising appeals, and program reports for a well-established performing arts presenter in the heart of the arts district in down-town Providence, RI.


Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Music History and Literature
Jan 2003 - Aug 2007

Rhode Island College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Artist Grant via Zefiro Ensemble
Sep 2012

Massachusetts Cultural Council

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