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Joseph Berman

Joseph Berman

Director of Guitar Studies

Master of Music in Jazz Composition, University of Miami

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar, American University

A Portland native who grew up just a few miles from Hoffman Academy, Joseph’s approach is to make every lesson fun and exciting, but also rigorous and thorough. His curriculum draws from rock and pop, as well as classical music, jazz, blues, and folk songs, ensuring that every student’s education is well-rounded. Joseph’s students learn to perform at a high level, and they are also exposed to the advanced skills of improvisation, songwriting, and playing by ear and reading music. 

Outside of Hoffman Academy, Joseph is an active performer in the Portland indie rock scene, having performed everywhere from no-name dives to the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall. He holds a master’s degree in Jazz Composition from the Frost School of Music (University of Miami) as well as a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar from American University.

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