- Joe Backer, Director of Cincinnati School of Music
clarinetist and educator
I have earned a MM in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, I am trained in pedagogy and have years of experience teaching both clarinet and piano. Recently, I have taught at Appel Farm Arts Camp, the Cincinnati School of Music, and as part of the Whiz Kids Music Program in Cincinnati.
My goal as a teacher is to discover how music excites and interests my students and then help them develop the necessary skills for great musical learning. I love creating a positive learning environment where demonstrations, games, questions, and other fun activities are all used to help each student reach his or her goals. Most importantly, I try to inspire an excitement and love for playing and understanding music.
Yes, this is an option, especially for younger students. Some students work better with a familiar adult in the room while others find it distracting. This is something we can discuss together as lessons progress.
Absolutely! I have experience teaching adults and am happy to teach adult students from any level, beginning to advanced. Lessons are provided in a low-pressure environment that focuses especially on what you want to learn!
Clarinet students will need to have access to a clarinet in working condition as well as ligature, reeds and other accessories (more to be discussed at lessons). Piano students will need to have some kind of piano or keyboard at home to practice on. I will gladly help with suggestions on equipment and locating lesson books, etc.
All costs are for one weekly lesson. Payment is due on a monthly basis at the first lesson of each month; payment not received by the 10th of the month will be subject to a 10% late fee.
All policies will be reviewed and discussed by both parties at the first lesson. In general, lessons cancelled with at least 24 hours notice can be made up within the next two weeks. Lessons cancelled less than 24 hours before or "no-shows" will be charged a full lesson fee and will not be made up, except in cases of illness or family emergency.
It's easy - just call at 215-850-0434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to set up a trial lesson! You can also contact me through the form below.