Joe KaplanCarle Place
Joe Kaplan was fascinated with music from a very young age. At the age of 9, he received his first guitar and immediately started teaching himself by ear. It wasn’t until he turned 14 that he decided to take his guitar playing to a new level after hearing the music of Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix for the first time.
Shortly after this new realization, he began taking formal lessons and dedicated himself to practicing for hours each day. He then began playing in small clubs and bars across NYC while he was only 16 years old. After graduating high school, Joe was accepted into the Music Industry program at SUNY Oneonta. It was here Joe truly found himself at home, playing in various music ensembles such as the SUNY Oneonta Zappa Band, Jam Band, and Jazz Octet. He also began playing in bands outside of school, opening up for acts such as hip-hop artist Sammy Adams and H.R. of the Bad Brains. Throughout his tenure in college, Joe continued to study guitar vigorously under the guidance of esteemed music professor, Mark Pawkett. He officially graduated in December 2014 as a seasoned guitarist with a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry and Audio Arts Production.
From a musician’s standpoint, Joe believes that practice, diligence, and dedication are the tools necessary for mastering any musical instrument. He also encourages his students to ask questions and to strive to become the best they can possibly be. He is proud to be a part of the wonderful teaching staff at Sam Ash and is always ready and willing to help and educate.