I've played and taught accordion for years. As a veteran alternative high school teacher and teacher of different learners, No prior musical training necessary.
I have taught all ages. I love working with adults who are trying to remember how to be beginners, as well as with younger students. Lessons are seriously individualized. In my home or yours.
Short term rentals are available. I have accordions to use at lessons if transporting yours is a problem.
Great teacher! Joel is patient and interesting and will take you in any style or direction you want to go. I look forward to his class every week. I've learned so much in such a short time.
Joel is a top-notch instructor. As someone who was new to the music world as well as the accordion, I felt very lucky to find Joel. He tailors the lessons and music to your interests, provides a larger context for your instruction (i.e., discusses music theory and education, invites you to local accordion festivals), and endlessly encourages your practice. He is personable, knowledgeable, supportive, and entertaining. Couldn't imagine a better accordion teacher.
Joel is a very patient teacher. He has helped me greatly with technique, especially with the bass buttons. He is extremely knowledgable of accordion repertoire of all skill levels and finds the perfect piece for his students to learn. I think of Joel as an encyclopedia of accordion.
Joel has been my accordion teacher for several years, and as a learning disabled individual, picking up new skills has always been a challenge. Joel was able to adapt to my learning style in a very kind and helpful way that allowed me to grow and now I can play accordion! It brings a lot of joy to my life and I am very grateful for Joel, I wouldn't want any other teacher.
We begin slowly and gently, fitting an accordion and working in Palmer-Hughes Accordion Book I, learn each hand separately and then together. It's an individual process.
Teaching Credential; Special Education Credential; years of accordion teaching. I perform publicly. Sense of humor.
All ages, beginners and intermediate.
My two young grandchildren told me to wait in my room while they made a surprise. They set up a mock accordion lesson with a music stand and chairs and their beginner accordions. Great fun was had by all.
Try out different teachers, since each has unique strengths, and the energy you have for learning will depend in part on how well you match with your teacher.
What songs and kinds of music interest you most? Will you be able to practice regularly, even for short periods? Do you want to take weekly or biweekly lessons (weekly is great for at least the first six weeks, if possible)? How much does a teacher pressure you? (I don't. Ever.) Does your teacher offer rentals and have an accordion for you to use if transporting yours is problematical?