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

Teaching since:

With over 15 years professional teaching experience in both private and orchestral settings, I can help you achieve your goals in a fun and encouraging environment. No matter if you're a beginner looking to fulfill a life-long dream or an advancing student studying the depths of upper-level string repertoire, I bring experience, expertise and differentiated instruction to our lesson, tailored to your needs.

"Joel's teaching style is a perfect match for both of my sons. He is a gifted professional and teacher who is knowledgeable and patient."
- L. M. (Morrisonville, NY)

As a performer, I have had the opportunity to record and produce five albums, most recently a family anthology of eighty-six tunes spanning five generations of my family's music. I have had the opportunity to tour with the band ​Jacks and Heroes as well as performing at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with my past band, Inisheer. One of my most memorable experiences was performing at a small chapel worship service that (then president) George W. Bush, his wife Laura and United States Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas attended.

I currently teach high school orchestra and instrumental techniques. In the past, I have taught high school music theory and composition, American Folk Music History, and Elementary General Music/Elementary Strings.

Areas of concentration:

Classical Violin
Double Bass

As a 5th generation fiddler, I specialize in bluegrass, celtic, and traditional styles of fiddling

Extensive background in sound engineering studies, technology in music, music theory, and aural skills.

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Director of Orchestras
Aug 2017 - Present
Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts

As a collaborative educator, I work closely with the administration to continue building and implementing the collective vision the orchestra program at the Marta Ellen Stilwell School of the arts, a Nationally Certified Magnet School ranked 21st in the state of Georgia (2019), with high-achieving and accomplished students.

Responsibilities include preparing students for professional orchestral experience and college readiness beyond high school to participate in the arts, evaluating and assessing student performance via 21st century methodology and technology, professional development, concert planning, college and youth orchestra auditions, All-State participation, Large Group Performance Evaluations, Governor's Honors programs, local and national competitions, incoming student recruitment and auditions, conducting all-student pit orchestras for musicals (2 year rotation), maintaining a $12,000 + annual program operating cost, fundraising, collaborating with parents and community, and creating an environment where all students needs are met as a member of the orchestra.

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Teacher, Owner
Sep 2014 - Present
The Virtual String Studio

Currently maintaining a private online studio of viola, cello, bass, guitar, and piano students of various ages.

Conductor and Director
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
Adirondack Mezzo Ensemble

Directed and conducted the Adirondack Youth Mezzo mixed strings, winds, and percussion ensemble of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra association, the area's premier youth orchestra ensemble.

Music Teacher
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
Seton Catholic Central School

Taught middle school and high school band and strings, chorus, 6th and 7th grade general music, guitar, and sound engineering. Worked collaboratively with the administration to build a comprehensive performing arts program for 5th - 12th grade consisting of instrumental, general, and non-performing opportunities for students to participate in music. Successful recruitment and retention in the program was an integral and passionate focus of mine. Worked with students, parents, faculty and administration in implementing successful strategies to keep kids engaged in music. Initiated and chartered the first Tri-M National Music Honor Society chapter in the Northern New York area. Successfully produced and directed three middle/high school musicals in our growing program with the last one including two sold out shows and netting profits beyond what was expected.

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Music Teacher/Strings Teacher
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
Bedford Hills Elementary School

Taught general elementary music for K-5, 3rd grade strings program, 4th/5th grade orchestra, and chorus. Responsibilities included collaboration with classroom teachers for enrichment programs through music, as well as advocating for musical integration in the school curriculum. Helped bring the Taconic Opera to the school as well as other school-based enrichment programs. Prepared both a 1st and 4th grade musical, moving-up ceremonies, and other school functions like the holiday sing-along. Prepared string students for NYSSMA solo festivals. Worked closely with other music and non-music faculty to collaborate on various issues that affect student growth with the main focus being on enriching classroom instruction through music.

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B.M. Music Education (Orchestra)
Aug 2007 - May 2010
Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Georgia Educator Certificate: Music (P-12)
Jul 2016
Georgia Professional Standards Commission


Shuler Award Nomination
Apr 2019
Shuler Awards


American String Teachers Association
Aug 2010

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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National Association for Music Education
Aug 2010

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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