Music Lessons with Distinction


Areas of Study



Trumpet is Joe’s foremost instrument, into which he has put most of his time. It is an instrument that requires patience, as it relies upon the subtle execution of breath and fine motor functions. The essence of the trumpet path is learning to hear internally the desired sound, and to allow the natural intelligence of the body to discover how the sound is produced externally.

In practice, students first learn the basic structure of the trumpet: the seven valve combinations and the overtone series upon which all trumpet notes are found. Simple songs and duets learned by ear and the written note form the foundation of musical exploration and expression. Breath practices, technical exercises, and music of seemingly endless complexities create a challenging and rewarding discipline that can last a lifetime.

Ear Training/Music Theory

Whether it’s trumpet, piano, violin, guitar, bluegrass fiddle, jazz sax, rock drum, conducting, being a dj or an mc, beatboxing, or the orchestral oboe, the study of the musical language, both written and aural, is the essential ingredient to success and joy.

Forming the backbone of his musical understanding is Joe’s extensive study of solfege and music theory at Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and le Conservatoire du Rueil-Malmaison as well as his study of Dalcroze eurythmics at the Longy School.

Utilizing rhythmic training, singing, chord studies, scale studies, and full body movements, Joe has developed an engaging and exciting way of teaching the basic principles of music (melody, harmony, and meter) to students of all ages and levels.

Prepare to internalize the musical language, develop your inner ear, and learn not only to read the music, but, more importantly, to feel it.


Joe cultivated his beatboxing practice over the past decade, and enjoys using it both as a practice tool, and as a way of collaborating with musicians of other genres outside of the classical and jazz world.

Beatboxing can be broken down into two areas of study:

1) The Sounds That Are Created:
Drum-like and/or electronic sounds created by utilizing the mouth, lips, tongue, voice, and breath.

2) The Beat Patterns:
Studying meter, and understanding how beatboxing sounds create the stresses needed to manipulate time into meter.

Because sound and time are the two mediums all musicians work with, beatboxing is an incredibly effective practice that distills for us the essence of the musical canvas.