"Mr. Joe", MA, MT-BC, is a multi-talented, super-educated musician who loves to learn.  Starting with steel lap guitar, Joe began learning various instruments at the age of seven and just never stopped learning.  With a dual major in voice and trumpet, Joe earned his Bachelors of Science degree and then went on to earn Master of Arts in music a few years later.  After serving as music director in several churches for over thirty years, still hungry to learn, Joe decided to broaden his experience once again by studying music therapy at the University of Pacific extension in San Francisco. He received his national board MT-BC certification in 2017. 

A published arranger, Joe has served young and old in the Bay Area since 1968 and still loves learning and loves the power that music can have in the lives of men and women of all ages.

He and his wife have grown children and he enjoys reading, attending concerts, and he also enjoys arranging choral and instrumental music for use in both private lessons and ensembles.

Joe playing guitar

Teaching Style

Mr. Joe is encouraging, patient and kind, but because of his amazing musicianship on numerous instruments, he loves to see students delight in the music they produce..


  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Percussion


  • Sunnyvale (Lawrence Expwy)
  • Baywood


"We had a magically musical experience with Joe this early afternoon—the stars and the moon aligned to bring us all together today!! He’s fantastic!! Our son was very willful today and Mr. Joe went with the flow! I still can’t get the “Bye” song out of my head (in a good way!). The [Baywood] location was pretty easy to get to (even with the Christmas shoppers at Santana Row and Valley Fair), was warm, clean, calm, well lit and lots of fun instruments to interact with including a … piano. Lots of parking and easy to climb the three steps into the building....Thanks for organizing today, Janice, Liz and Joe."

--Bonnie D.

Joe is a "Tier 3" teacher.  See also Private Tuition rates.

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