Tampa Bay Music Academy is thrilled to welcome our newest piano faculty member, Daniel Joiner! With an extensive background in teaching, performing, and arranging, Daniel brings an impressive depth of skill and breadth of knowledge to our team.

Daniel’s prior experience includes special emphasis in jazz and contemporary music with educational training in the classical tradition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from Stetson University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies – Performance from the University of South Florida.

Since graduating from college, Daniel has served in a variety of music roles including worship team member for local churches, adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College, and private music instructor. He has also released two solo piano albums, partnered with several performers, bands, and orchestras as keyboardist and guest soloist, and provided music for a variety of corporate and private events and venues.

Daniel is also the author of a textbook for the Jazz Keyboard Skills course at USF and has completed many custom worship band arrangements in his church music roles.

To help our students and their families get to know Daniel better, we asked him a few questions about his musical experience:

TBMA: What is your favorite music memory?
My favorite musical memory was getting to perform with the Stetson University Orchestra as a result of being a runner-up in their concerto competition. I was a music major at Stetson at that time.  

TBMA: What do you love about teaching?
Daniel: I love the process of cultivating students, passing down knowledge and insight from my own experience and previous teachers, and helping students achieve their musical aspirations and goals. It is so rewarding to see students make progress in their skills and abilities and to know I was able to play a role in that process.

TBMA: How did you know you wanted to teach?
Daniel: I started dealing with tendinitis and arthritis in graduate school and had to reassess my goals as a performer. That situation opened the door for me to pursue, experience, and develop a love for music education.

TBMA: What is your favorite teaching method?
Daniel: Over the years, I have developed many of my own teaching methods based on study and experience in teaching. My method of teaching encompasses these 4 principles:

  1. To equip students with concrete skills, principles, and tools they can use on their own for the rest of their lives.
  2. To instill in students a lifelong love of music.
  3. To develop a mentoring relationship with students that will benefit them on both a personal level and an educational level.
  4. To inspire students to work hard by my own pursuit of musical excellence.

TBMA: When do you recommend starting private music lessons?
Daniel: I recommend starting private lessons when a student can read, which is usually age 6.

TBMA: What brought you to TBMA?
Daniel: I talked with the owner John Tracy about joining the faculty at TBMA and it was a good fit both for my career goals and his vision for what he is looking for in a teacher.

TBMA: Other than music and teaching, what other interests and hobbies are you passionate about?
Daniel: I am passionate about my Christian faith, spending time with my family, and fishing.

We’re thrilled that Daniel is joining our TBMA faculty, and we look forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for teaching with our students and their families!

Welcome to TBMA, Daniel!

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