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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Now I enjoy playing guitar more…

I highly recommend learning guitar at The American Guitar Academy. After my first few lessons I was already noticeably much better at playing and was also learning guitar faster than I have ever had before. Plus, now I enjoy playing guitar more than I ever have!

It’s been about 20 years…

I started to play the guitar again after about 20 years.  I am enjoying learning from the basics to something that I have never learned before regarding Music Theory.  Not only in just guitar, but now I have a deeper understanding of music over all.  I would like to thank my teacher, Michael Kaplan.

I really like the atmosphere at TAGA.

I love TAGA!  I have never really learned an instrument before and I feel like TAGA has encouraged and supported me every step of the way. I received a recommendation from a friend and I found out that the classes were in English, which was a major drawcard.  I also found Roppongi to be a …

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Easy to understand!

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 It’s fun. Easy to understand!
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