Joseph Cohen

Joseph C.

San Francisco, CA

About Joseph C.

Joseph teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1994
Last sign in: Yesterday


I am a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music & Jazz school with over 20 years of professional experience. I have toured internationally and have played in many diverse musical arenas. The past 16 years of my music career have been spent in the Bay area playing professionally and teaching privately.

My specialties are in jazz improvisation and music theory. My students range in age from 4 to 60, most being between the ages of 9 and 16. Many of my students attend the Urban School and School of the Arts here in San Francisco. Most of my students are at the top of their class in band and music theory studies and have made the San Francisco All-City Orchestra.

Specific credentials and references are available upon request. All levels welcome, serious students only.

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Freelance performer, recording artist, and teacher.
Jun 1995 - Present
Joe C.

Nov 2000 - Dec 2001
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Livin' on a train and playin' in the Circus!

Jun 1997 - Sep 1999
Norwegian Cruise Lines

Played many Broadway shows and Swing Dance sets here during summers.


BA Studio Music & Jazz/Saxophone Performance
Sep 1995 - May 1999
University of Miami


Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship
Oct 1994

9 Reviews on Joseph C.

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Benji N. Apr 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Joseph is a great instructor. He is teaching me exactly what I want to learn and is helping me set good goals for the future.
Sam L. Sep 11, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
Joe is great! He really engaged me and I am excited to do my homework and go for my next lesson. Joe made music theory so much fun and super understandable. I can't wait to learn more!
Mish Sep 2, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
An amazing instructor, Joseph knew exactly where I was and what I needed to do to get to the next level. His instruction is easy to understand and fun, and extremely effective. I could tell I was improving immediately and was excited to come back and learn more.
Jon Jul 25, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Excellent. Joe is the man. Perfect for any skill level. After my first lesson, I found myself significantly more comfortable playing the sax. Highly recommend taking lessons with Joe.
Jeff Harris Feb 23, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
William T Dunlap Jul 1, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Took a few minutes but quickly started playing the scale. I have never played a horn or woodwind instrument and was quite surprised at how quickly Joe got me playing. Very personal and easy to work with. NO worries here.
Cat S. May 11, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
I had a blast with Joe!
karen W. Feb 18, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Joseph is a highly dedicated and responsible teacher, who is pretty good at motivating children. Augustine loves Joseph's lessons and looks forward to it every week.
Melissa H. Dec 3, 2014
· Saxophone · In studio
My 11-year-old daughter took lessons from Joe last year. She had never had a lesson before, and didn't even know how to read music. Joe is so patient and friendly, and let me stay through the first lesson to make sure she wasn't too nervous. We opted to go to him because first of all, it's cheaper, and second of all, I don't think my neighbors are as understanding about the noise as his are!

He also has a piano, which came in handy! My daughter started to look forward to it every week, and she progressed faster than we thought. Highly recommend!
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