Teacher Profile

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Lesson Info

Travel to Homes?
Online Lessons?
As needed
PreK, K-8, High School, Adults
Levels Taught
Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced
Musical Styles
Classical, Contemporary, Broadway & Movie Hits, Pop, Jazz & Blues
Recitals, RCM Exams
Teaching Approach
In my lessons, learning feels fun and easy for students -- yet, I maintain high standards for their progress. I strive to ensure students develop proper technique from day 1. I also make sure they receive an appropriate balance between learning to play by ear versus learning to read music notation. Lessons are always fun and enjoyable. And I've had many parents tell me their kids are self-motivated to practice on their own at home. (I love it when that happens!) Please visit my website for more information.

Background Info

A.M. PIano Performance, Grand Rapids Community College B.M. Piano Performance, Hope College M.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Central Michigan University Level 1 Certification in Piano from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning Level 1 Certification in Early Childhood Music from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning
Joy Morin is a teacher, pianist, speaker, and writer of a blog at ColorInMyPiano.com. She teaches students of all ages at her independent piano studio near Ann Arbor, Michigan. A devoted teacher and lifelong learner, Joy is a frequent attendee of conferences and workshops to refine her craft. She has twice been the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants, enabling her to further pursue her interest in Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and complete certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML.org) in both Piano and Early Childhood Music. Joy enjoys connecting with fellow piano teachers, through her blog and beyond. As an outgrowth of her blog, she offers online courses for piano teachers (see institute.joymorin.com) and an annual Piano Teacher Retreat at her home (see pianotteacherretreat.com). As an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Joy serves in various capacities: most recently as Teacher Education Chair of MichiganMTA, VP for Affiliated Associations of OhioMTA, and Co-President of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association. Joy has given presentations at regional, state, and national events on the topics of piano method books, music learning theory, piano teaching literature, and studio business (see JoyMorin.com). Two of her articles were published in the American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion magazines. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Joy completed graduate studies at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) where she received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, studying both subjects under Adrienne Wiley. Her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance is from Hope College (Holland, Michigan), where she studied piano with Andrew Le and pedagogy with Adam Clark. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Hope, she received the MTNA StAR award and was granted membership into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society and the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. Joy also holds an Associate of Music degree in Piano Performance from Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), where she studied with Mary Scanlan.