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Music Institute Guitar Faculty member, Joel Spoelstra
Guitar Faculty
Available For

Master of Music, classical guitar performance, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music 
Bachelor of Music, guitar performance, University of Minnesota 

Additional Studies / Recent Awards / Recordings

Additional Studies:
2020- Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant and other commissions during previous ten years 

Suzuki teacher training at the American Suzuki Institute (Wisconsin), Colorado Suzuki Institute, Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, MacPhail Center for Music (Minnesota), and Ann Arbor (Michigan) Suzuki Institute 

Works by Justin Henry Rubin, Centaur Records, 2018  

Basic Teaching Philosophy or Special Music Interests/Specialties

I teach students ages three 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. 

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Suzuki workshops and institutes: faculty member 
Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Conference: presenter 
Suzuki guitar events in California and Wisconsin: organizer  
Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles: former president 
Suzuki Music Association of California: former board member 
2016–present: performing artist for Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes educational programming 

Hobbies/interests outside of music:  
Being outside: running, hiking, cycling, and swimming.  

Traveling: the last big adventure was in Tanzania climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, enjoying the food and beaches of Zanzibar, and meeting interesting and friendly people.  

Most memorable musical moment:  
Performing new music for thousands of enthusiastic elementary school students through a statewide educational tour presented by Minnesota Public Radio. Teachers had prepared students by playing recordings in the weeks before the live performance, so when I played the first recognizable notes of a piece, a 2nd grade class erupted in cheers of excitement. 

Why study music? 
The study of music is important for so many reasons! Music gives us the tools for a creative form of self-expression. Music builds and strengthens communities and is a lifelong pursuit that we develop and refine. And in the course of learning we gain the skills of concentration, critical