Joseph Swope

Joseph S.

Scottsdale, AZ
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Joseph delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:

Hello! So you want to be a better musician... that's awesome! Music has brightened my life in so many ways. I am so grateful for the teachers I have had, so happy I chose to be a musician, and so eager to help you on your way.

I started piano lessons when my dad forced me to, years ago... and, it stuck! Through diligent practice, in high school I won first place for my state in Music Teachers National Association competition. I studied with Andrey Ponochevney, George Lopez and Sima Kustanovich, and went on after college work as a classroom music teacher and freelance musician.

There are many directions to take in music, and I have explored quite a few:
Freelance jazz musician, playing at restaurants, receptions and special events
Teacher of music theory in the classroom
Choir director, middle school and high school
Church music director
I also play accordion and harmonica in an Irish Folk band... see, the possibilities are endless!

I love getting to know the varied abilities of each of my students, whether they are just starting out or whether they are working on polishing Prokofiev sonatas. I hope to work with you, too! Contact me and let me help you achieve your musical goals

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School Music Director
Jul 2012 - Jul 2017
Great Hearts Academies: Trivium Prep

General Music Teacher
Jul 2012 - Jul 2015
Great Hearts Academies: Trivium Prep


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Kodaly Levels I, II, III
Jun 2016
Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE)

I have been trained in all three levels of the Kodaly music teaching methodology. I received my training at Arizona State University from 2013 to 2016.

Photos & Videos

teacher at Great Hearts Academies

playing a wedding reception

choral conductor

Photo by Joseph S.

In my Irish band

conducting choir and orchestra


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