Joel began his musical career by learning the saxophone at the age of 13. He studied Jazz Studies at Capilano University, majoring in saxophone from 2005 to 2009. Joel has been teaching music for 11 years and has worked in many different schools around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland specializing in Saxophone, guitar / ukulele, woodwinds, one on one and group lessons, rock bands, concert bands, and developed and leads 10 week music programs for elementary schools. Currently Joel is the Band Director at Sir William Osler Elementary and just finished leading a 10 week music program at Simon Fraser Elementary School from K – 7.
For 5 years Joel was the Music Specialist at Lions Gate Montessori. By having a strong understanding of the Montessori Pedagogy and Principals: Joel recognizes the importance of connecting with children at their skill level. Joel understands every student learns differently and is able to adapt his teaching style to match the student’s path of development. Joel encourages and supports students to follow that curious spark and discover their musical voice.