Joseph Spoelstra

Guitar Teacher

Joseph Spoelstra

SAA Member


Chicago, IL
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A passionate and dedicated teacher and performer, Joseph teaches students ages 3 and up and their families the joy of music making and the excitement of playing the guitar. In a positive and nurturing environment, students and parents learn to break difficult tasks into small steps and develop increased concentration, self-confidence, and a creative form of self expression.

Joseph holds his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. His primary teachers have been William Kanengiser, founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Jeffrey Van, and Brian Head.  He has also studied privately and in masterclasses with Pepe Romero, David Russell, Sharon Isbin, and Scott Tennant.

Joseph maintains studios offering Suzuki guitar lessons in Chicago and is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and DePaul University Community Music Division. In the past he has served as President of the board of the Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles branch, as well as Vice President and guitar coordinator for the Suzuki Asssociation of Wisconsin. In addition to teaching, Joseph performs frequently in concerts as a soloist and as part of the voice and guitar duo, the dream songs project.