Main instrument taught at UMC: Guitar and Bass. Joe has over 30 years of teaching and professional experience in the music industry, and has toured and trained with world-class musicians such as Jonathan Brooke, Stokely Williams, Steve Cole, and Ricky Peterson, and many more. Joe’s original music CD “Truth Serum” is available for purchase.
Education and Experience: Joe’s teaching experience includes 23 years of educating at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California for the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.), facilitating courses and programs, and leading various clinics throughout the United States. Joe produced curricula for Musicians Institute, served 9 years as VP and Director of Education at M.I and acted as G.I.T. Department Head for 3 years. Joe holds a Bachelor of Music degree from McNally Smith College of Music, where he also served as Guitar Department Head and Director of Academic Administration.
Additional Experience: Joe has been performing, writing, teaching, and recording since the age of 13. As a professional musician and educator in California, he actively worked in various venues (network TV, movie soundtrack, studio, concert and clubs) in a variety of genres, including Funk, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Afro-Latin, Gospel, Blues and Country.
Joe has authored two instructional books published by Hal Leonard: An Introduction to Jazz Guitar Soloing and Ear Training (co-author with Carl Schroeder and Keith Wyatt). and five instructional books for McNally Smith College of Music, Fretboard Biology I, II, III and IV as well as Rhythm Guitar Biology.
Presently, Joe is semi-retired from the professional touring industry and devotes most of his time to teaching.