Experienced Music Teacher That Can Help You Discover Your Musical Gift

Experienced Music Teacher That Can Help You Discover Your Musical Gift

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About this pro

I began my music study in the fourth grade and continued through college and a master's level. Music has always been a part of my life and have taught children through the University levels. Have served on faculty of 3 colleges or universities. I have extensive experience as a performer too, on piano, violin, viola, some cello, and as a conductor or orchestras or chamber groups. As a singer I have served as guest soloist in oratorio presentations at the university level, sung male leads in operas, and have played violin and viola in a symphony for over 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students in private lessons and thousands in the classroom. My classroom teaching has been on the college/university and elementary levels. Seeing students develop their passion for music and the instrument they study brings me a lot of joy and many of my students have gone on to have professional career in the music field. One former students is not a symphony orchestra conductor. If you have additional questions I would be glad to schedule a meeting and sit down with parent and student to know that my teaching would be a fit for your child. I do have expectations and don't hesitate to tell a parent they are wasting time and money if their child does not progress.

I take a personal interest in each of my students helping them to attaing their music goals in life. I also enjoy continuing playing and performing when I have the opportunity. Presentlky I serve as the organist/accompanist for the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Olive Branch, MS.

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Olive Branch, MS 38654
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  • Kd Dizon

    He is very knowledgeable in music. My son enjoys learning piano from him. Thank you Sir Joe.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I always check rhythm and melodic perception and have an interview with parent and student so they both know what I expect.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Master's degree in vocal performance and music education. I have taught 25+ years on the junior college and state university levels and have sung the male leads in numerous operas and played viola in s symphony orchestra 23 years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$100/month for one thirty minute lesson a week. Give some discount for a second student in the same family.

How did you get started teaching?

Taught on the public and private levels for over 30 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught students preschool through university levels. Some special needs and regular students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Attended my grandsons choral concert

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Don't just consider price of lessons. Teachers who are well educated and have lots of experience are usually your best teachers for you to consider.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Scheduling and commitment to sticking to the study of the instrument. Study of a musical instrument is not easy and takes commitment of student and their parents.