Joseph Prestamo

Joseph P.

New York, NY

About Joseph P.

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Joseph teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: February 2006
Last sign in: 5 days ago


My name is Joseph P. I began playing the piano and writing music at a very young age. I've been teaching for over ten years, and I love sharing music with my students. I specialize in piano, composition, and music theory, and I play many genres ranging from classical to R&B.

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and I have taught undergraduate courses at Queens College, CUNY.

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Having a little fun with a Chopin etude.


Student Director

Aug 2015 - Present
The Graduate Center Composers' Alliance

I organize five composers concerts at The Graduate Center throughout the academic year. For these concerts, I hire professional ensembles, negotiating contracts and managing the Composers’ Alliance’s budget. I promote all composer events at the GC and maintain social media presence.

Adjunct Lecturer

Sep 2013 - Present
Queens College, CUNY

At Queens College I teach undergraduate courses in music theory, keyboard skills, and sight-singing to both music and non-music majors. I have developed and implemented interactive course plans to meet the academic, intellectual, and social needs of my students. I am always sure to meet each student at his or her individual skill level, and foster a supportive and fun environment.

Staff Pianist

Aug 2012 - Aug 2013
Dixboro United Methodist Church

For Dixboro United Methodist, I prepared and arranged solo piano music and accompanied the church choir for the weekly service. I also planned and lead rehearsals in the director’s absence.

Piano Instructor

Feb 2006 - Jul 2010
Malverne School of Music

I taught private lessons in piano, music theory, and composition to children and adults of all ages. I also led group classes in chamber music, basic musicianship, and music theory.


PhD Music Composition

Sep 2013 - Present
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Master of Music: Composition

Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music: Piano Performance

Sep 2006 - May 2010
Queens College, CUNY


Robert Starer Composition Award

Jun 2014
The Graduate Center, CUNY



Feb 2012

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3 Reviews on Joseph P.

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Kat May 31, 2016
Accompaniment · In studio
Working with Joseph was a delight! He provided his services as an accompanist for a Christmas music video I was recording.

He was always punctual when arriving to rehearsals, scheduling rehearsals was a breeze, even with our packed schedules, and he was always prepared for each rehearsal with copies of the music I'd provided, as well as notes he'd gained by working through the music prior to the rehearsal.

He had a pleasant demeanor, and plenty of creative ideas for any places in the song that allowed for improvisation or personalization of the chords or phrasing. His accompaniment was the perfect companion to my singing, and could range many genres of music.

I also worked with him as the pianist in larger bands performing in the NYC area, and there as well, he was great to work with. Highly recommended! :)
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Jonathan T. May 26, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
I took lessons with Joseph for two years at the end of high school and credit him with my decision to pursue a career in Music Education. He is an extraordinary teacher who transformed my playing. I was pushed to work harder, inspired by his playing, and taught new skills in our lessons. Joseph also impressed me with his willingness to go above and beyond in his efforts to find me pieces of music that I would enjoy and which suited my style of playing. I am now a piano teacher myself and try to exemplify some of the same qualities in my teaching that I saw in his. I highly recommend him to the pianist of any age and level of experience!
Daniel May 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
I had the opportunity to take piano lessons with Joseph in 2014, and could not have asked for a more competent or accommodating instructor. Joseph is an accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and accompanist across a variety of styles and genres, and was able to craft lessons that met my diverse personal goals (which for me was a combination of learning classical piano technique, R&B/pop arrangements and basic music theory). He made my goals feel attainable and gave me practical tools to work towards them. Joseph was INCREDIBLY patient and lessons felt efficient and FUN! I would HIGHLY recommend Joseph to musicians of an level looking to broaden their theory knowledge, polish original compositions, or sharpen their piano skills in any style. Joseph is amazing!
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