Meet Joyce Kouffman

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Genres: Jazz & Blues, European-based Classical, Beatles, Motown, R&B, Pop, and many others
Specialties: Piano, Guitar, Cello, Hand Drumming, Drum set, Music
Theory, Songwriting, Composing, Improvisation Techniques
Available Days: Fridays and Sundays
Contact: or 415-663-9176
Ages: 12-92

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Meet Joyce Kouffman

Welcome to Joyce Kouffman’s Teaching Profile!

For a swinging 60-second video to meet Joyce at her drums, please visit:!

Joyce Kouffman has placed teaching at the center of a long and colorful
multi-instrumental music career. She is an active, award-winning
performer, composer recording artist, and live concert producer.

For Joyce’s solo guitar work, please visit Click on the
dog photo for her 20-minute album with renowned poet Linda Pastan: “Dog
Love.” One of Pastan’s poems was recently read by Judy Woodruff on the PBS

Joyce teaches in the following genres: Jazz & Blues, Classical, Beatles,
Motown, Pop, and anything the student wishes to learn.

Although she normally teaches many instruments and styles, these are the
ones she has found work best online:

Drum Set and Rudiments (Alan Dawson’s “The Ritual”)

Hand Drumming, (West-African-style)

Classical and Finger-style Guitar

Music Theory on Piano

Writing Music to Learn Reading

If you have any other instrumental or musicological requests, please feel
free to call and explore ideas.

Please call: 415-663-9176

To guide you in your unique music journey, Joyce draws on many experiences
from her studies with classical, jazz, and West African master musicians
and teachers.

When you choose Joyce as your teacher, you will have many options!

Beginning to Intermediate-Advanced level is offered on all the main
instruments listed above. She is also able to help you explore whatever
musical paths you wish to follow. Many of her students study more than one
instrument at a time or over a few years.

Joyce’s teaching style is best described as “Focused Listening and Close
Observation of Details, always keeping the student’s unique creativity in

Joyce helps students find the most ease in playing instruments. That way,
students experience progress in their first year or two. She also enjoys
practicing WITH her students to model slow review of material.

“Thank you for nurturing my music.”  – an adult musician who returned to
piano after lessons in her youth.

“I enjoy the lessons because you meet me where I am.” – an adult beginner
on several instruments

“I’m so proud to be one of your students. You have inspired me, pushed me
beyond my own limits, and I shall always carry your teachings.”  – a high
school musician, entering college as a music major

Please call Joyce about custom-designed music classes and private lessons!

More about Joyce:

Joyce Kouffman is an active award-winning performer, composer, recording
artist, live concert producer, and teacher in a wide variety of genres.
She has performed and recorded with some of the world’s most renowned
musicians and teachers – from the gilded halls of the Boston Symphony and
Harvard University to the stucco and corrugated-metal-roof dance studios
of the world-touring Master Dancers and Drummers of Senegal, West Africa.

Lessons on Skype!



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