Joseph Merkel
Huntington Station, NY
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Joseph Merkel

Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
35 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

About Joseph M.

Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................


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16 Reviews
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We went with online piano lessons at the moment due to COVID, but I was nervous about the format as the lessons are for my five-year-old daughter, so I was concerned the additional technology would be an impediment. Dr. Merkel was wonderful. He was friendly and encouraging to my daughter, ensuring she knew she could ask any questions she might have at any point. He absolutely made the technology work for us, and my daughter learned more than I would have thought possible in 30 minutes. She is counting down to her next lesson!

Posted Aug 26, 2020
Ashna S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very knowledgeable. My daughter enjoy learning from him.

Posted Mar 17, 2020
Isabel Z.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

So far, I have had only one lesson with Dr. M., the only singing lesson I've had in my entire 66 years of a lifetime. My only regret, is that I did not take them sooner. Dr M. is patient, an expert, and motivational. What more could you ask for when working with a teacher. He thinks he can make a singer out of me; I'll have to trust his judgement. It would be awesome, if he achieves our goal.

Posted Nov 17, 2019
Ximena L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great teacher very knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 5, 2019
Ximena L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great teacher very knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 5, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

It is a womderful time for my kid.

Posted Jun 9, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very professional and thorough!

Posted Sep 18, 2016
louis R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.

Posted Aug 9, 2016
Joshua W.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Natalie H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I thought he was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. He answered a lot of my questions. He had an easy going manner that made me feel comfortable and right at home. He gave me a lot of information I didn't even think to ask. Also told me things that he expects from me that would benefit me.

Posted Jan 18, 2016
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Great 1st experience

Posted Jan 5, 2016
Emily F.
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Dr. Merkel is the first tutor we have come across that is honest, forthright and actually TEACHES my daughter what she needs to know to reach her goals. He doesn't just tell her what he thinks she wants to hear to get her to come back next week. He's the real deal. He is a gentle corrector while being stern enough to instill what is necessary to succeed. The difference in her after four weeks with the Doc is amazing when compared to the last EIGHT YEARS she has been playing without his tutelage. We cannot say enough about him at this point and are thankful to have found such an expert!

Posted Nov 4, 2015
Odin S.
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Posted Jul 21, 2015
Lila P.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dr. Joseph Merkel improved my sound with some adjustments on my first lesson! He has such a profound understanding of how to work with one's individual instrument. I look forward to continuing lessons with Dr. Merkel and advancing my vocal abilities for my professional aspirations.

Posted Jun 23, 2015
Victoria Y.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dr. Merkel is an extremely good teacher. I'm an older, beginning student in oboe. The lessons fly by, and I never fail to learn something important. He's knowledgeable, personable, and well-organized. The best!!

Posted May 23, 2015
George B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Joseph is such an amazing teacher!

Posted Oct 30, 2014

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Lead teacher, supervisor.
Jan 1994 - Present

Private company

Supervised a staff of 400+ teachers, served as a Master Teacher/Consultant.



Professional Proficiency


Jun 2008


Certified Tennis instructor.


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2013
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1995
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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