Joe is an outstanding piano/music teacher! My daughter has studied with him for almost eight years. He knows the level of difficulty of each piece of music his students are capable of taking on and also knows how to guide them with a gentle hand to reach the next level of playing. He perfectly balances actual playing with music theory and even historical context for classical pieces. And he never loses sight of what playing the piano is all about - having fun. My daughter's focus has been on classical pieces - which Joe has an encyclopedic knowledge of - but every once in a while she also just wanted to let loose and Joe delivered by teaching her some Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker and Scott Joplin. There isn't a song or style of music that Joe doesn't know. Over the course of eight years my daughter has literally spent hundreds of hours with Joe. Each and every week she looked forward to her lesson. Each year Joe also organizes a recital where all of his students have the opportunity to perform a piece of their choice in public. The concept of giving students exposure to a public performance is brilliant and its execution is flawless. The fruit of Joe's abilities are demonstrated by the quality of the performance of each of his students, whether they are beginners or advanced. At the end of the recital Joe also performs a piece of his own choosing which was consistently jaw-droppingly good year after year. As far as the nuts and bolts of giving lessons, everything about Joe is the consummate professional. He is always on time for the lesson and fully prepared. He always knows where he left off the previous week and what he can accomplish in the current lesson. Every week he arrives with a smile and leaves on a high note. Possibly the greatest thing about Joe is that he instills a desire to play in his students. We never had to "force" our daughter to practice - she did that because she wanted to and because she enjoyed it. Credit for that goes to Joe!
-Greg M., Redding
Joe was an incredible piano teacher to our 3 children. Our youngest child (5) could be a little tough in school so, I worried about his maturity level to begin lessons. Joe amazed me how he was able to creatively teach him by adapting to his unique learning style. Our 6 and 13 year old flourished working with Joe and learned a lot quickly. We are sadly moving away and will miss the opportunity for our children to continue learning piano from such a talented instructor.
-Michelle D., Westport
Joe has been an excellent piano teacher to my four kids for the past seven years! From beginner to advanced, he has been great at picking pieces tailored to each of them so they step up in ability each time. Joe keeps them interested as he moves between classical, pop, jazz, and even composition. One of my kids says she really appreciates how Joe helps her understand every small detail in technique, phrasing, and the history of the piece. Another of my kids says he loves that Joe gets his humor. As a parent with a strong musical background, I feel that my kids are learning from a professional who is giving them an excellent foundation, while at the same time being a fun guy kids can relate to. I give Joe my strongest recommendation!
-Susan B., New Canaan
I have had four children take lessons from Joe for the last six years. He has a way of teaching that motivates my children to play and love playing. They look forward to their lessons each week. Thankfully, I don’t need to remind them to play. They are so excited to learn something new that they insure they are are ready for the next lesson. Joe is kind hearted , generous and fun, and we are so Blessed to have him in our lives.
-Michelle D., Ridgefield