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Announcing the release of "Guitar Love," a brief and gentle selection of Joyce's classical-style originals, whimsically pre-tested for assisting in falling to sleep from its "ahhh..." of beauty and peaceful joy. Song list: Lute Prelude by J.S. Bach (with Joyce's melody layered above), Sunny Dog Walk; May We Live in Poetry; Love, Just Love; Sweetness; How I Love Thee; Animal Eyes; Two Lizards in the Sun. Please Inquire at JoyceJazz@gmail.com


New groups forming! Inside the Arts with Joyce Kouffman

For novices and actively creative people who wish to meet twice monthly for discussions and activities with film, music, poetry, movement, visual art, and writing. Opening sessions will include excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's sparkling 1973 lectures on music and poetry. 

Two Free introductory meetings: Thurs, Dec. 14, 2023, 3p.m. and Friday, Dec. 15, at 12:30 p.m.

Write to JoyceJazz@gmail for online link.


2023-2024 Private Coaching and Lessons

Choose among two options! 

Weekly private sessions 

or a

 Mix of Weekly and Four Day Music Weeks! 

Students report major progress from our Four Day Music Weeks!

Ages 12 -92!  All levels welcome!

 Piano/keyboard fun, Guitars, Cellos, Hand Percussion, Drum Set, Music Theory and Composition, Ear Training, and Jazz & "Free" Improvisation.  

In-depth Student Comments...

"Joyce K is a truly extraordinary teacher. After childhood piano lessons and always “sort of” playing the piano, I’ve been an adult student of Joyce’s for several years. She’s a very accomplished musician on many instruments, who records, composes, and performs. One of the gifts of learning with her is taking in her rich musical mind and experience. So much has opened up for me musically just by working on scales with her, as well as the pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, jazz. With her guidance, I’ve internalized rhythm in ways that I used to think I couldn’t do. How great to work on rhythm with a teacher who’s also a professional drummer. Touch, phrasing, how to make the music swing, how to practice: our work opening up all of these has been so much fun. I’ve always wanted to be able to improvise. With Joyce, I’m finding how to listen and hear my way into that desire. Joyce meets a student where we are and listens for where we need to go next. She has helped me to connect more deeply than ever before to my own musicality and to great and endless joy in exploring the music for myself, and to share with my loved ones and the fun musical community that Joyce creates among her students. One of my all-time best decisions was to choose to study with Joyce."  - An Adult Student in Joyce's Life-Long Learning Music Community

"I cannot recommend Joyce more highly. She is a wonderful, wonderful

 person, and an incredible multi-instrumentalist and music teacher. I 

have been blessed to work with Joyce for the past several years. Initially

 our focus was rhythm development through playing djembe, and then to

 learn to notate the rhythms. Next we were playing the hand pan, also

 known as the Hang drum, which allowed for interval training, pitch

 matching and notating melodies. I have recently joined a choir, so now

 we are on to voice training.

I have improved so much as a musician since working with Joyce. I

 attribute a recent very successful choir performance to specific practices

 we’ve put in place, and to having an overall improved sense of rhythm.

 It’s so satisfying, and I am so grateful.

Two examples that show how Joyce has met me right where I’m at:

(1) When I told her I was working on a math music project, she suggested

 readings, introduced me to her mentor Professor Jeanne Bamburger

 (M.I.T./U.C. Berkeley), and focused on the details such that the project is

 (finally) coming to fruition. With gentle kindness, Joyce revealed some

 important misunderstandings I’ve carried about how music works—these

 were hindering the project development. Joyce believes in building

 community, and so I recently introduced the project to a gathering of her

 students, where it was well received. Her guidance and encouragement

 have helped bring out my creativity. Again, very grateful.

(2) Joyce was so intrigued when I showed her my hand pan (which is like

 an inside-out steel drum, played with your hands), that she purchased

 one and learned to play it, then taught me. Incredible. Witnessing her

 process was fascinating. She made personal contact with the folks that

 created the drum (hand pans are handcrafted), named her drum, played

 it right side up, sideways, and upside down to discover how to make it

 sing, and improvised original music on it. She directed me to improvise

 on mine, and to play jazz melodies on it, something that's pretty unusual.

 It sounded, sounds, great. All the while Joyce’s emphasis is on how to

 touch the drum “just so” to bring out its essence. Did I mention grateful?

Here’s the deep thing I’m learning: when Joyce says, “Pause. Slow it down.

 Ready yourself.”, she’s not really talking about tempo. She’s saying: sense

 how the music resonates inside you, how it makes you feel. In Joyce’s

 world, slower means deeper inside, more in touch with what’s in you. 

Bring that out, everything changes. I really appreciate that.

Thanks Joyce." - An Adult Student in Joyce's Life-long Learning Community 

Listen to "Dog Love" here