I have 22 years of private instruction experience. I've created a curriculum that is suited for any level. You control the direction of the lessons and I always aspire to act as a guide to aid your development instead of some kind of elitist music enforcer! I make a point to be extremely patient and gentle with students because this really aids the development of creativity and technique. I can teach you literally any type of music.
I love teaching and watching my students grow. I think of myself as sort of a botanist. A botanist will do everything in their power to see their plants succeed to bloom into beautiful plants. The same is true for me. I get a great sense of satisfaction from seeing my students succeed.
She was always kind and answering questions I didn’t even realize I should have been asking about a creative relationship to the instrument. It also didn’t hurt that her technique is deliberate and disciplined. Her theoretical practical and technical knowledge borders the insane, and branches into cooperation with technologies seemingly unrelated yet yielding broad creative potential.
Joey was my instructor for many years. Joey helped me as a beginner guitar student, coached me through my intermediate stage as an adolescent, and took me through classical, jazz, and heavy duty music theory when I was ready for it. I really loved Joey's ability to integrate technology into lessons. I always knew, without a doubt, that I could go to Joey for help me with my fledgling recording set up. While helping me achieve my goals as a player (from childhood to adulthood), Joey also helped me with my ability to record music, program the other instruments, and mix my final product. I received way more than just guitar lessons from Joey. Joey was (and is!) a friend and trusted adult in my life. I would highly recommend Joey as a guitar instructor to anyone I know.
Joey is an amazing teacher who really gets to know her students. She's really good at skill assessment and mindfully crafts out lessons that emphasize a student's strengths while finding and exploring with different techniques that a person could use to improve - all in a very fun and incredibly down to earth, fashion. I learned a great deal taking lessons from Joey for four years. Not only in terms of music theory, pentatonic scales, and learning an instrument for the first time, but also in just how to be a good person in my late teens/formulative years. Hands down, Joey was one of the best teachers I've ever had. Humble yet brilliant in terms of musical talent, but also just one of the most sympathetic and funniest persons I'd ever met.
I like to try to let the student lead the path and I act as the guide. Nurturing creativity is a delicate balancing act that ultimately has to do with a few things:
+ having the room to explore
+ allowing for logical (not emotional) critique of your skills
+ studying techniques and structures related to the student's interests
I have 21 years of guitar teaching experience and a Bachelor's of Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts within Rutgers University.
I taught some of my friends and out of high school, and I got a teaching job at an independent music store when I was 18.
I have had the pleasure of working with an amazingly diverse amount of students. I pride myself in inclusivity and welcome all to try my lessons regardless of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation etc. I am a person that falls under the LGBT spectrum so I also love to work with my people and give back to the community.
No question is a bad question. My students are always free to interrupt and generally explore. This means: asking lots of questions like:
+ What am I struggling with?
+ Have I tried applying learned strategies for practicing?