Radayeva Music Studio
1228 Quarry Lane Pleasanton, Ca. "A"
GUITAR and PERCUSSION TEACHER
Joel Nelson is a classical guitarist, improviser, and educator. He began playing at an early age with folk and bluegrass musicians in his community. He was later accepted at the University of Montevallo’s classical guitar program. While studying at the university he learned how to compose and interpret music from a highly renowned guitarist, Dr. Alan Goldspiel. His studies promoted the discipline of classical guitar technique and musical education.
In 2015 he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in classical guitar. After graduating from college he focused on composing, performing, and teaching in the Birmingham, Alabama area where he learned about improvisation from Davey Williams, Ledonna Smith, and Jess Marie Walker. Later in 2015 he would join the improvising ensemble flusnoix on tours of the southeast and put out two records with them. As of fall 2015 Joel is pursuing a Master’s degree in musical improvisation at Mills College in Oakland California.
Joel brings over 4 years of teaching experience to the Radayeva Music Studio. He strives to provide students with the necessary skills they need to be successful in any musical endeavor. He teaches theory, ear training, site reading, improvisation, and prepares students for ABRSM Royal test. Joel teaches a variety of styles including Classical, Blues, Jazz and Rock. He always welcomes his students to be creative and explore their interest in the guitar. Students are also encouraged to participate in recitals, competitions, and festivals. Music making should be a joyful experience, making this part of the education process is a priority.