Joe was born in Illinois, USA, and spent his formative years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated with top honors from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA, USA) in 2014.

Joe began playing piano from a young age and was involved with his school’s music programs on both guitar and saxophone since the age of 12. His musical talents developed through involvement in the local music scene, teaching private guitar lessons and performing in ensembles including the All-State Jazz Band, as well as his own progressive rock band. During that time he studied guitar with local jazz fusion legend John Wheelis.jconnor_TAGAphoto

At Berklee, he studied Contemporary Writing & Production, growing his passion for composition, arranging, and sound design.

He studied under esteemed guitarists and instructors such as Tim Miller, Norm Zocher, Jon Finn, Bruce Bartlett, Garrison Fewell, and composer/arranger Matthew Nicholl. During his time at Berklee, he also found an interest in the Japanese language, which eventually brought him to Japan.

After graduating with highest honors in 2014, Joe became involved with the highly decorated Boston Common Band, performing at weddings and events across the New England area. He also had gigs working as a freelance session musician. In the second half of 2016, he moved to Japan to continue studying the Japanese language alongside focusing on his own musical endeavors. The American Guitar Academy is proud to have him as part of our team!


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My teacher is awesome!

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My teacher is awesome! 〇When did you start  lessons at TAGA:  1.5 years  ago 〇Lesson Style: Pop&Rock guitar 〇Nationality: Canada 〇Age: 50

He is a very kind teacher!!!!

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My teacher always encourages me during the lessons and he is a very kind teacher!!!! And of course, he is a wonderful guitar performer!!!   〇When did you start lessons at TAGA: 1 year ago 〇Lesson Style: Acoustic guitar 〇Nationality: Japan 〇Age: 34
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まだまだやりつづけたいです!(Student of group class)

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わたしは。むかしからギターをひくのがゆめでした。それでここで一年くらいいてさいきんうまくなってらくになってきました。まだまだやりつづけたいです! Parent of Nana: グループレッスンなので、音を合わせる楽しさを経験する力や、相手を気遣えるようになってきた。教室のソファが気持ちいい! 〇 Why did you initially choose to take guitar lessons with our school rather than with another school in Tokyo?: 英語でレッスンしてくれる。 親友といっしょにレッスンができる。 先生がとてもいい先生。


40歳を過ぎてから、ギターを始めました。Hiroshi先生は覚えのわるい私に根気よく丁寧に教えてくださるので、毎回楽しく通っています。 昔から音楽が好きでしたが、楽器には特に触れてきませんでした。ギターを習うことで、音楽に対する幅が広がり、より興味深く考えるようになりました。 様々なジャンルの音楽にトライしてみたいです。 いつか、弾いてみたい曲がひけるよう、今後もご指導よろしくお願いいたします。 〇When did you start lessons at TAGA: 1 and a half years ago  〇Lesson Style: Classical guitar