Joseph Chang

Joseph C.

Emeryville, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I can show you everything I learned from Jon Aldrich and other teachers at Berklee College of Music.

About Joseph C.

Joey is an anomaly in the world of cellists.

By combining cello with beatboxing, he has created a unique genre: Classical Hip Hop. 

Joey records live on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing (vocal percussion) and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations. 

By beatboxing, throatsinging, singing, plucking and bowing the cello, Joey can mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop.

Joey is the world's first long distance musical bike touring cellist. He has ridden his bike over 10,000 miles in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. 


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7 Reviews
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My 7 year old son started taking piano lessons with Joey this summer. He is very knowledgeable, flexible, my son loves taking lessons with him and is learning a lot. The setup is great and we have been able to have virtual piano lessons during the pandemic. He also provides recordings of each lesson. Highly recommend!

Posted Oct 22, 2020
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Joe was able to work with my daughter to approach some very complex material (using Abelton live to live loop and edit her songs) at a pace and with a vocabulary and tone that completely defused an otherwise intimidating situation. His calm, steady manner spiced with just the right touch of dry wit and his keen ear for a mean beat kept the lessons fun and very productive. Joey's not just a fantastic and unique musician and teacher, however, he's a great person and a fantastic influence to have in your life.

Posted May 14, 2020
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Joey is the best! A lesson from Joey is always a highlight of the week. I'd be surprised if you don't feel the same based on his talent, his warmth, his humor, and his intelligence.

Posted May 1, 2020
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My 10 year old son has loved his piano lessons with Joey. We had excellent in-person cello lessons in the past, and the video piano lessons have been just as effective. Joey has several camera angles set up in his home so my son can see Joey's hands on the keyboard in real time during the lesson. We get a Zoom link for each visit and a recording of the visit afterwards, which helps with practicing during the week. I highly recommend Joey as a patient and talented instructor! The lessons have been a great activity / distraction for my active son during shelter in place. It's a win-win!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
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Joey taught our now daughter to play the keyboard over the course of two years (when she was 7 to 9). He a great teacher -- funny, silly, comfortable in his own skin, knows how to speak in an age appropriate way. Not only did she learn how to play the keyboards but he also taught her how to read music. Though she eventually decided to take a break, she continues to create songs on the keyboard, and continues to have a love of music. Thank you, Joey!!!

Posted Apr 28, 2020
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Joey has been a great cello teacher. I like the fact that his experience covers a broad range of music. When I want to make an arrangement of a heavy metal song, or I need to learn the nuance of baroque performance, he's there.
He's a working musician so his schedule is somewhat variable, but he is good about communicating and always comes when he says he will. He's personable and enthusiastic.

Posted Jan 17, 2016
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Joey is a creative and thoughtful teacher. He backs up interesting piano pieces with deep theory and classical training.

Posted Jan 4, 2016

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Professional Musician
Jan 2006 - Present

Private Business

I am a performer at festivals, corporate events, weddings, conferences, venues, clubs, bars, and more. I have toured all over the world.

Private Music Lesson Instructor
Jan 2006 - Present


I have privately taught children and adults to play cello, piano, guitar, beatboxing, and live looping for the last ten years.


Professional Music
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006

Berklee College of Music

Cello Performance
Jul 1995 - Jul 1997

Misha Quint School of Music


Bachelor of Music
Jun 2006

Berklee College of Music

Graduated 2006


Chancellor's Scholarship
Sep 1998

UC Berkeley

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