Joel Perez

Miami Dolphin

Every Professional was once a beginner”. Joel had his start at the age of 11 when he started playing Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar. Fueled by the influences of Chon, Animals as Leaders, and Intervals, he has been composing for his instrument since the age of fourteen and has been studying the guitar for over a decade. He went on to audition for the School of Music at Florida International University, where he was accepted to study the Classical Guitar with Rafael Padron and Mesut Ozgen. Being classically trained gives him the ability not only to incorporate more techniques into his playing, but also to teach his students better form when handling the guitar. He also enjoys playing piano and studying theory, but the guitar remains his instrument of choice: “The guitar is hands down the most expressive instrument I’ve come across. There are so many different ways you can play the same chord, so the possibilities are literally endless.” He prides himself in fostering an environment conducive to learning, where the student enjoys new challenges and perspectives. “I enjoy guiding the student down the path which they wish to travel, whether it’s composing a well-structured melody, shredding like Eddie Van Halen, or learning that new chart-topping pop song.”