- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a musician educator and performer that loves working with individuals from the young child to professionals. I taught public school for 12 years and then at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY for the last 14. My degrees were from Western Michigan University (Bachelor of Music), Indiana University (Masters in Secondary Education) and Ball State University (Doctorate of Arts). During my teaching career, I also gave private lessons outside of the school and the college. When I left NY, I had 35 students of which 6 remain with me online. Having now relocated to Oahu, Hawaii I am looking to add private students. I love teaching and believe in creating an atmosphere where the students, regardless of age, feel successful in their endeavors.
WHAT DO I DO?
Currently, I am the Coordinator for Music Therapy at Hospice Hawaii and the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu.
WHAT DO I TEACH?
I teach piano, organ, and voice.
*Piano: All levels from beginning to professional
*Organ: All levels from beginning to professional
*Voice: Beginning and those working with music theater
WHERE DO I TEACH?
*Piano: At my home in Mililani, St Peter’s Episcopal, and online
*Organ: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
*Voice: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
NOTE: Parents are more than welcomed to attend the lessons!
In fact, I encourage that!!
WHAT IS MY STYLE OF TEACHING?
Every student is different and what works with one may not work with another. It's important for me to know my students so I can better shape the lesson. I love questions, reflection, and even humor. I'm also very patient and understanding. We are all very busy and accept that students may have weeks they can't practice a huge amount of time. As long as some progress is made at lessons, all is well!
AER THERE RECITALS? ... Absolutely. You work hard at your lessons and it’s great to show your talent! Recitals will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal. I’m going to have a recital for my online students soon to see how that goes.
Joseph is a special instructor. My daughter had taken lessons from several instructors and none met our needs until Dr. E. He is encouraging and supportive while maintaining goals and expectations. Having attended his full class recitals we recognize the breadth of his teaching capacities. Although our goals are currently focused on appreciation and the basics, we are as warmly welcomed as his collegiate scholars.+ Read More
My daughter started taking piano lessons from Joseph when she was 5 and she has been with him for 11 years. She has taken lessons both in person and online, and both formats work well. He has kept her captivated with piano and fueled her love for all music in general. Students are treated respectfully and he makes piano fun for them. As a parent, I appreciate his organizational and communication skills. He is a genuine, nice person who is easy to work with. Highly recommended!+ Read More