Area: Lake View, North Chicago Area
My name is Joey, and I am a pianist, composer, and improviser originally from Stamford, CT. Music has been central to my identity for as long as I can remember, so when it got to the point where I was in college and I had to decide my major, I couldn't imagine myself studying anything else. At Kenyon College, I studied piano with John Reitz, and composition with Ross Feller and Gabriel Lubell. In Summer 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Milan, Italy in order to work as a collaborator with the composer Roberto Andreoni. I graduated from Kenyon with distinction in 2019 and was also awarded the school's Gabriel A. Ben-Meir Senior Award in Music. My music has been performed at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME and the Walden School's Creative Musicians' Retreat.
As a music teacher, my primary goal is to foster a love of music-making in every student that I work with by highlighting music's intense expressive and communicative powers, and encouraging students to harness these forces. Technical aspects of playing should always be taught in service of allowing for greater facility in musical expression. In other words, if the student is already engaged musically, the desire to improve technique and willingness to put effort into the technical aspects of practice will come naturally. My lessons will, of course, also be guided by and structured around the student's individual goals and desires as a musician.