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Joe Kaplan

Joe Kaplan

I became fascinated with music at a very young age. At the age of 9, I received my first guitar and immediately started teaching myself by ear. It wasn’t until I turned 14 that I decided to take my guitar playing to a new level after hearing the music of Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix for the first time. Shortly after this new realization, I began taking formal lessons and dedicated myself to practicing for hours a day. I then began playing in small clubs and bars across NYC while I was only 16 years old. After graduating high school, I was accepted into the Music Industry program at SUNY Oneonta. It was there I truly found myself at home, playing in various music ensembles such as the SUNY Oneonta Zappa Band, Jam Band and Jazz Octet. I also began playing in bands outside of school, opening up for acts such as hip-hop artist Sammy Adams and H.R. of the Bad Brains. Throughout my tenure in college, I continued to study guitar vigorously under the guidance of esteemed music professor, Mark Pawkett. I officially graduated in December 2014 as a seasoned guitarist with a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry and Audio Arts Production. From a musician’s standpoint, I believe that practice, diligence and dedication are the tools necessary for mastering any musical instrument. I also encourage my students to ask questions and to strive to become the best they can possibly be. I am proud to be a part of the wonderful teaching staff at iSchool of Music and Art and am always ready and willing to help and educate.

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