Joseph Greene
Portland, OR
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Joseph G.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I consider learning how to put together one's own music to be integral to learning how to play a musical instrument if one is to learn it to their utmost potential. Having a deep understanding of how music works enables the player to better understand their instrument as well. To that end, I teach my students how to compose their own music using music theory, because what better way to understand something than to make it yourself? If you would like to learn music theory and how to compose, I would highly recommend simply enrolling in one of my hour-long (or longer) piano lesson options, because I incorporate theory and composition lessons into those lessons free of charge (unless the student specifically does not want it). However, I am also happy to teach composition lessons independently, whether it be because the student plays an instrument I am not qualified to teach, or simply for their own edification.

About Joseph G.

I began studying the piano in my early high school years and instantly fell in love with what I consider the ultimate musical instrument. The more I studied the piano, the more I wanted to learn how music is conceived and put together. Between the act of sitting down at a piano bench to let my fingers bleed music and learning why the music is made the way it is through preliminary studies in music theory, I discovered my life passion, prompting me to study music theory and composition and piano performance at The College of Idaho between 2011 and 2015. After that, with prompting from peers whom I had tutored and who subsequently informed me of my innate teaching abilities, I established myself as a private piano teacher in Boise, Idaho, where I also composed original operas for local opera companies and served as music director for a local theatre company as well.

Since moving to Portland in Fall, 2019, I've itched to expand my teaching horizons with new students and opportunities, and I can't wait to start making music with you!


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As a beginner piano student with very little experience with the instrument, Joseph really did a great job easing me into learning my way around the piano. His lessons were clear and easy to understand with good direction on what to improve on next. He was patient, understanding, and very accommodating to questions I had regarding the material.
I would definitely recommend Joseph to anyone looking for a piano instructor!

Posted Jan 28, 2020
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Joseph has been a fantastic teacher. He asked me early on what I want to focus on. The pieces he picked for me to practice were challenging, but fair. I'm very pleased with how well I've progressed. I would recommend Joseph highly. If you want someone knowledgeable, patient, and down-to-earth, Joseph is your guy!

Posted Jan 9, 2020


Music Director
Mar 2018 - May 2018

Homegrown Theatre

The local-to-Boise theatre company Homegrown asked me to direct the music for the ingeniously written play Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, by Anne Washburn. No official recordings of the music exist, and since only a couple of the performers were able to read sheet music, I was tasked with teaching the cast the entirety of the music for the play. It was an amazing experience that challenged my ability to learn music quickly so I could teach it effectively.

Private Teacher
Jun 2015 - Mar 2018

Organization N/A

I had as few as three and many as six piano students at a time between June of 2015 and March of 2018. At that time, I happened to be teaching exclusively adults between the ages of 24 and 68.

Sep 2015 - Aug 2017

Community Tae Kwon Do - Boise, Idaho

Though unrelated to music in particular, my time volunteering as a Tae Kwon Do instructor is notable for the intensity with which I was able to deepen my teaching knowledge and abilities, as each of my bi-weekly classes consisted of up to twenty students between the ages of 7 and 70 from diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and skill levels.

Nov 2014 - Jun 2015

Opera Elect

Opera Elect is a wonderful opera company located in Boise, Idaho. They were establishing themselves throughout 2014 and 2015, and I was approached to compose the music for their first ever operetta, which was performed throughout the Spring in 2015.


Piano Tuning and Repair
Mar 2019 - Apr 2019

American School of Piano Tuning

Sep 2011 - May 2015

The College of Idaho

Music Theory/Composition
Sep 2011 - May 2015

The College of Idaho



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Outstanding Music Composition Student
Apr 2015

The College of Idaho

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