by Joseph Line Piano Studio

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My name is Dr. Joseph Line, but my students all call me Dr. Joe. I’m a master professional piano teacher with over 45-year experience. Over the years, I’ve taught students of all ages solid piano playing techniques, music theory and how to read music. But what I really love to do is help students develop their own unique inner musician. You see, the joy of piano playing goes beyond just playing notes. For me, and I hope for you, it's all about making music. If that’s interesting to you or your child, then I’m interested in working with you.

IN HOME LESSONS: If you live within a 15-mile radius of my home in Pompano Beach, FL, you have a choice to either come to my home for lessons, or for me to travel to you. Lessons at my home are less expensive, but whichever you choose you get the full benefits of my experience and knowledge.

ONLINE LESSONS: For students who live anywhere within the continental US, I also have special expertise teaching online lessons. These lessons are all live and totally interactive. All that is needed is a cell phone, a laptop computer and an external webcam. In this way both the student and I can see each other's faces and hands on the keyboard. Students tell me if feels like I am actually in the room with them.

Teaching piano has been a part of my life since my college days. It is a way of giving back to my students the wisdom I have gained over the years from some of the world's best teachers. I love helping children get started on the right track, sharing my enthusiasm with them for music and the arts, and seeing the look of amazement on their faces as they find themselves playing pieces at the piano that even they didn't think were possible for them.
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Years in business

45

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Number of employees

1

Background check

Completed

Location

Pompano Beach, FL 33069
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Reviews

Customers rate this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism and value.
  • Shana M.
    Dr. Joe is an amazing and gifted teacher and mentor who is nurturing, caring and patient with his students.  He shares his immense love of piano, joy of performing and vast technical knowledge with his students.  He tailors the lessons to the students’ abilities and learning styles while considering their personalities and individual tastes in music, all the while encouraging them to do their best.  Dr. Joe provides a comprehensive piano study that includes music theory, ear training, playing expressively, and bringing out the “it factor” that allows each student to become the best musician they can be.  Dr. Joe sets the standards very high but helps his students to achieve and surpass them.  Dr. Joe has taken our daughter’s piano playing to the next level.  I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great experienced teacher and mentor.
    Aug 10, 2017
  • Holly D.
    Dr. Joe is an outstanding piano teacher who works well with children. He is very patient, warm and firm if needed. His passion for music and teaching is apparent through his lessons. His professionalism is impeccable. Most importantly, Dr. Joe tailors his teaching approach to the individual child based on their interests and abilities. Both my kids have been studying with him for several years and have made tremendous progress.
    Aug 8, 2017
  • Eric K.
    Our daughter has taken piano lessons from Dr. Joe for nearly seven years and her growth has been phenomenal!  When we left Coral Springs for St. Augustine, we thought we'd lost this wonderful piano teacher.  But, we were very surprised and happy to find he was offering on-line lessons.  Now, it's as if we've never left and our daughter is still enjoying the benefits of this very gifted mentor! Eric K St. Augustine, FL
    Aug 8, 2017
  • Valeria T.
    My son has been a student of Dr. Joe's for over seven years.  Prior to studying with him, he had studied piano with several other teachers and his learning was a struggle, slow and uninspired. We were amazed to see his quick progress once he was under Dr. Joe's guidance.   My son absolutely flourished!!  Dr. Joe is not only a masterful, refined and accomplished musician, but just as important and a surprisingly difficult combination to find, he is also a gifted teacher!  My son’s love of the piano, his understanding of music theory, his ability to intelligently compose music, his confidence to explore new styles of music, his ability to improvise - these things all thrived with Dr. Joe's expert and caring guidance.  Dr. Joe has a special ability to gently push the student to their full potential while keeping the lessons fun.  After years as Dr. Joe's student, we moved to the Northeast and began taking on-line piano lessons from him.  We have done this for four years now, and I can say it's been a great success!  My son has even performed in remote recitals with Dr. Joe's encouragement and the use of technology!  Dr. Joe prepared my son for his AP music theory exam, which my son passed as the only high school freshman in our district!  It's an incredible accomplishment!  We are so grateful to have Dr. Joe as our son's piano teacher. Val T. Fair Haven, NJ
    Aug 7, 2017
  • Dina M.
    We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Joe teach our 12-year-old son piano. Not only has he learned to play the piano, but he has grown to love music and feel good about himself and what he is doing. What’s more, I don’t have to ask him to practice. Dr. Joe is an amazing gifted musician and teacher. Because he has been so encouraging and patient, my son looks forward to his next lesson. He truly is the best! Dina M. Coral Springs, FL
    Aug 7, 2017
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Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have a package pricing for school year students. During the coming school year (September-May) students receive 31 lessons. (There is time off for end of the year breaks). To make it easy for parents, I pro-rate the cost of the 31 lessons over the 9 months of the school year, so that parents simply pay the same amount each month. The non-package prices are on a per-lesson basis, but these are a little more expensive. However, the first 2 lessons are at a 50% discount. Students who study with me over the internet will need an iphone, a laptop and a external web-cam positions on a boom over the keyboard. Since most people don't have an external webcam and boom, they can use the money they save from the discounted lessons to purchase these items. Neither the external webcam or the boom are expensive and in many places can be bought locally.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to have an interview with the student and their parent(s) to determine their current abilities and their potential for successful study. This is a way to break the ice with the student, and if they have had prior study, to hear and watch them play. Because each student is unique, I custom design a course of study for each student that works to improve areas of weakness, and continue to promote their strengths.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I started piano study when I was 4 years old, and fell in love with it immediately. I continued piano study thoughout my high school years and then went to Oberln College Conservatory of Music for bachelor and masters degrees in performance. During those years, I also became interested in conducting and eventually earned a conducting doctoral degree from the University of Michigan School of Music. During all those college years, I had the priviledge of studying with many world-class teachers and performers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Right out of college, I opened a piano studio in my home town. With a little bit of advertising, I soon had 10 students. I found that I loved teaching piano and challenging students to do their best. Following college I taught for 8 years in the State University of New York, and then as an endowed professor of music at Marshall University (WV). I left the academic world to conduct professionally. I have performed in the US and throughout Europe as a professional pianist, collaborative music coach, church musician,conductor of amateur professional opera companies, symphony orchestras and choirs and jurist.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have taught students of all ages from 4 to 67. But now, I am mostly focused on students 6 up to 24 years of age. Quite a few of my students have gone on to study at conservatories. Some of my current students are preparing to audition for conservatory study. Others are just deeply interested in creating beautiful music at the piano. I believe that talent is the desire to practice. And so I work best with any student that has a keen desire to learn.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am about to release in December a new book that gives students an exact plan for learning any piece of music quickly. There is also a parent's guide that accompanies the children's book. The books are based on 10 years of research about how the brain functions and how best to learn a new piece of music in a brain-friendly way.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I tell them this story: Several years ago, I mother of a piano student called me about piano lessons. It seems her daughter had studied for 3 years, and had learned almost nothing. I asked he how much her daughter's teach had charged. Her response was $17 for a 30-minute lesson. She asked me what my tuition was, and at the time it was $35 for a half-hour lesson. So she agreed to have me teach her daughter. After three months of lessons, she said to me, you know Dr. Joe, my daughter has learned more from you in 3 months than she did in 3 years from her old teacher. I'm really getting a bargain with you. Moral of the story: when you consider a piano teacher, don't just consider the cost of tuition, consider value.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Has the student, on their own, expressed a strong desire to study piano? Without that desire, most piano study will be fruitless.

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