Joe Schmid

Mandolin, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Artist Development, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, Electric Guitar, English, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitar Set Up, Improvisation, Jazz Guitar, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Pop Piano, Rock Guitar, Rock Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele, Voice
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I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.

Guitar / Music Theory / Piano / Voice / Mandolin / Ukulele / Banjo, etc. Instructor

July 2019 - Present

Analyst and Product Specialist for Taylor Guitars.  Dream job of analyzing the global guitar industry while playing guitar for Taylor's road shows.

Jan 2007 - Present 

Teaching guitar, voice, piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and more independently.  Develop custom made lesson plans on a per student basis.

Guitar / Music Theory Instructor

Jan 2003 - Oct 2006     Kidder Music

Took a guitar studio that had four students enrolled and increased it to thirty two students of all ages. Also taught bass guitar, keyboard theory, and music theory.

Guitar / Vocals

Aug 2000 - May 2006       Casual Man - Band

Played guitar and sang in a Budweiser sponsored band covering classic to modern rock. Also did session and songwriting work with other members of the band.

Music studies

Aug 1998 - May 2001        Missouri State University and Illinois State University

Took pedagogy coursework on piano, flute, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, plus studied classical guitar and sang in choir.

Guitar Instruction

Sep 1996 - Apr 1997        Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Taught group guitar class of students 18 and older.


I have an entire library of books at home and make recommendations based on each student.  The lessons are customized to fit the student's goals.

Reviews of lessons with Joe Schmid

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