From an early age, Joey knew he was meant to live a life of music and teaching others. Starting to play piano at the age of five, Joey progressed quickly and began playing in a variety of settings, ranging from private parties, music venues, to various ensembles. By the age of ten, he was performing in the Schubert Young Musician’s Festival, and playing in recitals and talent shows at venues like Curtain Call in Stamford, CT. He started teaching at the young age of 11 years old.
At sixteen years old, he won the Grand Prize for the C Note Recording Studio Songwriting Contest for his original song ‘Right at You.” A year later, at seventeen, he won 1st place in the Chaminade Club of Yonkers Piano Competition with an $1000 1st prize. Joey was invited to be a featured solo artist on Open Stage, a local TV Show featuring musical talent. At eighteen, he was a Young Arts Merit Award winner by the National Foundation of Advancement of the Arts (NFAA) for Jazz Piano Performance. Joey has performed as a soloist at the Jim Caruso Cast Party in Florida at the age of 22.
Joey graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music from SUNY Purchase. He is a Steinway educational partner, and his Jazz blog has been recognized as one of the top 50 on the internet. Some of his work for young students has been published in the popular method Piano Safari which is used internationally by teachers all over the globe. He was also recently a guest speaker at the Connecticut State Music Teachers State Association on Improvisation Pedagogy for Beginners.
Joey is the founder of Choice Music Studio and teaches in-home piano lessons in Westchester County, NY
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