Joel started playing guitar at age 7 when he could be found rocking a red plastic Burt and Ernie guitar on the roof of his Mom’s car. Since then, his instrument may have changed, but his enthusiasm has not! With a repertoire ranging from pop to jazz and folk to Frozen 2, Joel loves to help students learn their dream songs, uncover the secrets of their YouTube heroes, and have fun making music together. A graduate of Yale University, Joel has recorded at Russian River Recording Studio in Bloomington, Indiana and The Complex in San Francisco, played in 2 church bands, and released an EP of kids’ songs entitled Where Are My Pants? He also had excerpts of 2 original musicals premiered at the Musical Cafe festival of new works in California. His teaching style is distinguished by patience, adaptability, and fun. He’s thrilled to be teaching guitar to your student this year!