Dr. Joel Pierson
Composer, Jazz Pianist, Teacher
Dr. Joel Pierson currently lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. He received a BA from Westmont College in classical piano performance, a Master’s Degree in jazz piano performance from New York University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition at the University of Maryland.
Joel started NYC Piano Doctor when he could no longer teach all of the students in his studio, and wanted to share his teaching methods with others. In addition to teaching, Joel is the Artistic Director of The Queen's Cartoonists, a jazz band that performs music from classic cartoons. Dr. Pierson also writes and publishes humorous (and adult-oriented) music eduction books under the name Sadsap Music.
Joel has also worked with many different artists from diverse genres such as: Kronos Quartet, The New York Philharmonic, Wayne Newton, Linkin Park, and Ke$ha.