Michelle Joy

Michelle J.

Oak Forest, IL

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I use games & technology to make difficult concepts easy & to create a comfortable, entertaining, & relatable learning environment for each student. I look at students as the unique individuals that they are and, because no two students are alike, I work hard to tailor every lesson to suit your age, personality, learning ability, and level of experience.
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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2004

I will use my experiences from 11 years of teaching private lessons for piano and flute and 8 years in a full-time music classroom to create lessons that suit your age, personality, and level of experience. I will mix traditional methods with technology and games to teach a wide range of musical concepts and skills. It is my goal to help you learn to become a musician beyond simply playing your chosen instrument.


General Music Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present

Created a curriculum for K-6 based on the National Core Standards. Planned intercurricular, school-wide performances for Winter Holidays and Black History Month. Prepared students for musical performances at promotion ceremonies. Assisted sixth grade in math, science, and history and second grade reading.

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Private Lessons Instructor
Aug 2004 - Present
Michelle Joy Music

Used 22 years of experience in piano and 14 years of experience in flute to guide numerous students of varying ages in one-on-one lessons. Tailored lessons to individual student’s age, personality, and level of experience.

General Music Teacher & Choir Director
Aug 2009 - Aug 2013
Chicago Archdiocese Schools

Created a curriculum for K-8 based on the National Core Standards. Founded, directed, and accompanied the Junior High Choir and Glee Club. Began a 4th grade recorder program. Instituted the use of a Kodaly/Orff-based curriculum in the lower grades. Introduced world drumming to the upper elementary grades.

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Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Trinity Christian College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Illinois Professional Educator License for Music Grades K-12
Jul 2009
Trinity Christian College


Nomination for a Music Educator Grammy Award
Apr 2013
Grammy in the Schools


National Organization of Women
Aug 2005

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In which I teach you the very basics of how to get started on the piano in an easy to understand, step-by-step way.
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3 Reviews

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Anna P. Jun 2, 2015
Music Theory · Online

I am impressed by her passion for music, her desire to teach others, and her commitment to client satisfaction. She is punctual, professional, and fun to work with!

Katelyn Salem May 31, 2015
Classical Piano · Online

Michelle is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She is easy to work with, informative, and very patient. You can expect to have timely responses to questions, and everything is presented in an extremely well organized manner. Top-notch professional. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends who are looking for a new approach to learning music!

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Jon E. May 31, 2015
Piano · In studio

I took some piano lessons as a child, but hadn't played in 10 years when I took some lessons from Michelle. She was always on time, personable, friendly, and enthusiastic, and did a great job tailoring her instructions to me based on what I already knew, both about playing the piano and in terms of general musical knowledge. Now I play keys in a band, and it's all thanks to Michelle helping me get started again!

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