My college eductation was Keyboard Theory with a minor in accounting. Right out of college I began teaching private lessons, then did a bit in charter schools, churches, and in 1995 set up my own studio. I had the privilege of teaching amazing students, among them being students with brain injuries, brain trauma, strokes, ADHD, etc. The achievements they accomplished went far beyond just playing the piano. For one, I wathced their reading in school go from 100 words per minute to 390 wpm (400 being average). Their therapists and doctors were amazed, giving some of the credit to learning to play music.
After taking a few years off, I am back teaching private lessons and would love to have the privilege of teaching you.
The thing I enjoy about teaching music is watching students achieve things they didn't think they could achieve. When the "light" comes on, their face lights up, and they play pieces they never thought they would be able to play, or something about theory suddenly makes total sense! That is so rewarding for me! I love seeing their confidence grow and watch them out perform themselves!
Joi is a wonderful teacher! She is great at seeing how you’re learning and teaching to fit your needs! I produce beats and music. Learning theory from her is a big part of the reason that I am able to that!
Joi is positive and patient. She works with her students at their own pace.
I took lessons from Joi for 8 amazing years, starting at 7 years old as a complete beginner. This was such a formative part of my childhood! I still remember the day when it all “clicked,” and that set me off on a lifelong love for piano and all things music- I believe I have Joi to thank for that! She knew I liked ragtime music before I even knew I did, and used that for my advantage by helping me select songs that were fun & challenging for me and also fit my style. She also included theory in every single lesson, which I am so grateful for. I learned a lot over those years that has carried over into my adult life in many ways. I still look back fondly on those times, and would absolutely recommend Joi as a teacher any day!
Joi is a wonderful teacher!! She is very good at drawing out your strengths as a musician and pinpointing areas that need extra encouragement. As one of her previous students I can say that she was "instrumental" in preparing me to perform and audition successfully, go on to study music in college, and have my own successful teaching practice. As a teacher myself now, I can even more appreciate how she taught me as an individual - she didn't use a "one size fits all" lesson plan - she tailored each lesson to what I needed to achieve my goals. Joi has so much to offer as a teacher and very practical application methods. She is very engaging and encouraging, and she will challenge you to go beyond what you think you're able to do.
In your first lesson I will do an assesment on how you learn. We all learn differently and I teach each student in the way they learn best. That means that I don't use the same method for every student. Traditional rote isn't for everyone, just as Suzuki isn't for everyone. We will figure out together what your learning strengths are and find the correct method for your strengths.
Keyboard Theory major/Accounting minor
Jackson College of Ministries
My prices area s a follows: 30% discount, due to COVID-19
30 minute lesson = $45-30%=$32
45 minute lesson = $55-30%=$39
60 minute lesson = $60-30%=$42
payments are prepaid each month by debit/credit cards, Venmo, or cash.
I began teaching private lessons right out of college
Elementry, middle schoolers, high school, college, all ages
People who have had brain injuries, brain trauma, strokes, etc.
I have had preschool classes in the past, but I am taking students no younger than 6 at this time.
Be comfortable with the teacher you hire.