“Seven years ago, I began taking percussion lessons through a chain of music stores called Music and Arts. I was randomly assigned Joanna as an instructor, and I honestly don’t think I could have been any luckier. Joanna is incredible. Her skills as a musician shined through every time she demonstrated a piece or corrected my grip on the drum sticks. She brought a cheerful attitude, professional work ethic, and sense of humor to every weekly lesson. Variety was also a crucial element to our seven years of lessons. Joanna ensured that I remained passionate about percussion. Some weeks we worked on bells pieces from a practice book, and other weeks we played drum set to Green Day songs. I was always motivated to practice because I loved what I was playing, and I was certainly never bored.
But Joanna is more than a great percussionist and engaging teacher. She is a role model. It was obvious that she cared about me as a person, not just a student, when she offered advice about college applications and taught me how to balance music, school, and social life. Her influence on me was profound, as I sought to be the kind and driven person she exemplifies. Overall, Joanna is a wonderful person and instructor whom I would highly recommend.”