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Joel Michael-Schwartz


Teaches Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

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Teaches at:
Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All

Areas of Instruction

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

Specialties / Genres Taught

composition, jazz composition, classical, jazz, rock, blues, r'n'b, celtic, americana, folk, latin, latin jazz, country, bluegrass, funk

About Joel Michael-Schwartz

Joel Michael-Schwartz is a fretted instruments expert performing and teaching through the DC-Baltimore area. Comfortable teaching and performing on many instruments and in many styles, he brings expression, command, and a quirky sense of fun to all his work.

Joel is notable for his intensely individual-focused teaching style. He does not teach from a method book, but carefully matches the student's immediate needs and musical interests. Students focus on developing a dynamic and engaging practice routine that will minimize frustration and allows them to self-direct and tackle musical problems with confidence. He works regularly with students of all ages and levels of experience, from absolute beginners to professional performers.



He grew up in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied fiddle, mandolin, and classical guitar. He graduated with a B.A. (cum laude, honors in music) in performance and composition at Goucher College in Baltimore, where he studied jazz and classical mandolin, and guitar.He was twice the soloist with the Goucher College Orchestra, as well as serving as their assistant conductor.

Since then, Joel has established himself as an in-demand teacher and performer based in Baltimore, teaching students across all ages and styles. He has appeared in recitals at Peabody Conservatory, Goucher College, and Towson University, and collaborated and performed with musical masters Frank Vignola, Alfonso Ponticelli, and acclaimed pianist/composer Jeffrey Chappell. He has also performed and recorded with many local powerhouses like Seth Kibel, the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet, Clarence Ward III,Sami Arefin, Eddie Hybryk, and Chris Taylor (Bosely, Otherworld). He has appeared at many of the Baltimore area’s best venues, including An Die Musik, the Mansion at Strathmore, the Mobtown Ballroom, and the Howard County Historical Society.

Passionately dedicated to solo and small group performances, Joel delivers soundscapes that are entirely his own, spinning out melodies, textures, and an endless variety of expression from the mandolin family and guitar. Surprising, organic fusions of styles from around the world has become his trademark, bringing out firey, angular passages one moment and heart wrenching, lyrical lines the next.
When not teaching or practicing, Joel can be found reading about history, cognitive science, and pie recipes."
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