Testimonials

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I came to study with David for two reasons. I wanted to become a better lead guitar player and I also wanted to learn how to read music. What I walked away with after studying with David for three years was much more than that.
- George Lopez
I came to study with David for two reasons. I wanted to become a better lead guitar player and I also wanted to learn how to read music. What I walked away with after studying with David for three years was much more than that. I became a much better overall musician and as a result, I developed a mastery of different pick-style and finger picking techniques I never imagined would be possible for me. When I started with David, he took the time to assess my ability and current musical level and quickly developed a comprehensive program that I still use to this day. I found David to have an excellent knowledge of music theory and to be an exceptional guitar player. Each week’s lesson was built up from the previous week’s lesson, and I knew he had a very specific agenda in mind. David was always exceptionally prepared. From a communication perspective, David is excellent and provides clear, descriptive summaries of his teaching examples. He is very approachable and a pleasure to work with. He is able to explain very complex musical theories to a broad audience which could range from a very technical student to someone just starting to play guitar for the first time. David’s passion, behavior and dedication to his students are at level to which all guitar instructors should aspire. It is so clear to me that I made the very best choice of guitar instructors possible.
After weeks of shopping around the internet for a guitar teacher, I concluded that David was to be at the top of my short list. So I emailed him and received a call back the same day. Having taken lessons in my teenage years, I was glad to hear that he uses William Leavitt's excellent method books, with which I had some previous experience, as a foundation to build on.
- Morgan Bound
After weeks of shopping around the internet for a guitar teacher, I concluded that David was to be at the top of my short list. So I emailed him and received a call back the same day. Having taken lessons in my teenage years, I was glad to hear that he uses William Leavitt's excellent method books, with which I had some previous experience, as a foundation to build on. David will take you in any direction you want to go, but he won't compromise on the academic side of things. He is, first and foremost, a *music* teacher, rather than just a guitar instructor. If you just want somebody to show you a few Led Zeppelin riffs, there are probably easier and less expensive options out there for you. And while he is among the best teachers in the region (I've had a few), he is not a magician. YOU will have to do your part and practice if you want to improve. Music literacy is a top priority in David's lesson plan, and you might not realize just how important it is until you suddenly realize that you're able sight-read actual sheet music in real time while all of your buddies are still struggling in slow motion with tablature! Put another way, he teaches you how to teach yourself, which is what all good teachers do. Don't let my review scare you into thinking that lessons with David are boring or tedious - quite the contrary! He's one of the easiest guys to talk to and you'll never feel like you're being judged. I just want to steer the best students toward the highest quality lessons I've been able to find in the area. This is the guy you want to take lessons with if you are seriously committed to music and are willing to work hard to get where you want to go.
I’ve learned so much that I am also teaching a little and recording my first album. David is a great friend, an amazing guitar player and a wonderful teacher.
- Douglas Lee
I started taking lessons from David in 2003. I had been writing songs for a while and one day just completely hit a wall. I realized that I needed more musical depth to my songs and that I also needed to strengthen my guitar playing. David helped me accomplish my goals without compromising how he wanted to teach me, which turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for my playing. He taught me how to read music, understand basic music theory, and how to play the hell out of a Hendrix solo. I’ve learned so much that I am also teaching a little and recording my first album. David is a great friend, an amazing guitar player and a wonderful teacher.
David is the right one for any guitarist regardless of skill level. You will definitely get your money's worth.
- Matthew Seneca
Before studying with David, I had been learning guitar primarily from books, DVDs and informal lessons with friends. I tried taking private lessons with four other teachers at prominent Philadelphia music stores, but none of them gave me anything that I couldn't get from the books. That changed when I began studying with David. During my first three months with him, I improved more rapidly than I ever had before. My right hand became more confident and flexible, and my flatpicking improved enormously. David doesn't take shortcuts, but he gets better (and faster!) results because he gives you a solid foundation in all aspects of musicianship. It really is important to have a teacher when studying guitar, and David is the right one for any guitarist regardless of skill level. You will definitely get your money's worth.
I really enjoy studying with David Joel; he's very knowledgeable of music, patient with me. I've been studying for a year and eight months... and I'm having a lot of fun with it!
- Linda Holtzman
I began studying the guitar with David Joel about two years ago.  Although I've been artistic my whole life, this was the first time I ever picked up a musical instrument and I must say, I was a bit nervous.  He first taught me all the parts of the guitar, how to care for it, tune it and change the strings.  It helped me to become very comfortable with my new instrument.  Before long, I was reading music notation and playing some of my favorite songs.  David pays close attention to teaching the proper technical aspects of playing, whether I'm strumming, picking or finger picking.  He is extremely patient with me and makes sure I have a full understanding of everything I'm working on before moving on to the next lesson.  He helped me organize my practice time and as a busy mom of three, this became crucial for my playing.  He is very supportive and constantly encourages me to push myself further to reach my full playing potential.  David is very passionate about music and it certainly reflects on his students.  I found David to not only be an excellent instructor, but a great friend as well.  Whether you're a beginner or an advanced player, David has a wealth of information to share.  I definitely recommend David Joel to anyone wishing to further their musical creativity.
David is a dedicated music teacher and a wonderful person.
- Tom Nicolardi
Hello, my name is Tom Nicolardi and I have studied with David Joel for five years. David is a dedicated music teacher and a wonderful person. I have been playing guitar for many years, have studied with different people, and when I met David I knew he was different from all of my previous instructors. I develpoed some bad habits over the years and David has transformed my style of playing. I now read music and play more effectively. I always looked forward to my lesson with him. David is an accomplished musician and teacher and also my friend.
David is passionate about what he does and knows how to tailor to each of his students' abilities.
- Robert Kaznica
I began my lessons with David with no musical experience at all. Because of David's patient and positive guidance, I am now able to read music, recognize chord forms, and even play through songs. During my three years of lessons, he has met my expectations and brought me to where I wanted to be musically. His musical and life experiences show through in his teaching, and the way he approaches each lesson. David is passionate about what he does and knows how to tailor to each of his students' abilities. Over the years, I have not only developed a musical relationship with David but a friendship as well. I would recommend David to anyone who is in search of lessons.
Thank you, friend. I am now writing lyrics, tunes, reading music, and above else enjoying music and life on a higher level.
- Greg Pierman
My name is Greg and David Joel is my friend. He was my guitar instructor for 3 years or so. I missed about 4 lessons and made up every one of them. Now, I am not a type A personality, but David offered to me a creative opportunity I could not pass up. Within that time I grew as a person foremost and then became a musician, a novice I was. A novice I would not stay. Between the Flats and Sharps, a language of responsibility and attention is developed when learning with David. You will never be confused or feel stupid, and he will always sound better than you. Because he is such a beautiful player, no matter how long you want to travel theroad he will be your guide, true mastery. Thank you, friend. I am now writing lyrics, tunes, reading music, and above else enjoying music and life on a higher level.
I'm glad I chose David for a teacher. He will answer any question you have for him.
- Mike Hogan
My name is Mike and I've been taken guitar lessons with David Joel for just about a year now. Before I started I wanted to find a teacher that would be patient with me & not just rush through the lessons. I'm glad I chose David for a teacher.He will answer any question you have for him, & explain it until you fully understand.

I plan on continuing my lessons with him, until I'm ready to go on my own.
My playing has improved dramatically, and I just plain enjoy the lessons.
- Stephen Barnes
I have been taking lessons from David for over a year, and would gladly recommend him to a friend or family member. My playing has improved dramatically, and I just plain enjoy the lessons. David is a very good teacher - he has great patience but also knows when to push. I feel confident that I can take it as far as I would like to, at a pace that is comfortable to me. Gotta go practice...
If you are serious about learning to play guitar, and willing to practice, David Joel's Studio is the right way to go.
- Tom Gavin
A little over two years ago I decided to try to learn to play guitar, having just retired. I found David's ad in the yellow pages. I called and it began. The lessons last a very fast hour and David makes you feel comfortable. I never feel stressed or nervous. With David's teaching methods and an honest effort by any student it can begin for anyone. There is no quick way to learn. If you are serious about learning to play guitar, and willing to practice, David Joel's Studio is the right way to go. It has been and still is a pleasure.
 The lessons that I have taken with David have left me feeling a more confident and capable guitar player.
- Andrew McGee
For years I had tried teaching myself guitar and I had gone through a couple different music teachers, but I was not progressing the way I wanted to. That all changed when I started taking lessons from David Joel. David teaches methodically, making sure that all of the building blocks are in place to allow a student to become the musician that they hope, want, and/or need to be.  The lessons that I have taken with David have left me feeling a more confident and capable guitar player.
Studying with David was a great musical experience for me.
- Glenn Magee
Studying with David was a great musical experience for me. Most importantly, he initially asked what my goals were and structured a learning plan specifically for me. My improvement in reading and technique was noticeable immediately and his guidance has provided a strong foundation for my continued learning. David's personal approach and great attitude helped me recognize what needed to be improved and his continued encouragement, pointing to the advances I had made, were strong motivators. I feel that David's background and approach can help anyone from beginner to highly experienced player reach his goals.
David cared enough to challenge me.
- Kristen Tkacz
I studied with David Joel for only a year. I had no prior musical training and the only instrument I had ever touched was the recorder. Needless to say, it was a rough beginning. However, David cared enough to challenge me. Instead of teaching me in the vague style of tab, he actually taught me how to read music and appreciate the theory behind it all. By the end of our lessons, I understood where the notes are, why they are there, and how they all relate to each other. I also learned how to change the strings of the guitar and began to tune by ear. My biggest problem was self-discipline in practicing, but David allowed me to move at my own pace while still giving a gentle and often needed push. Overall, he gave me the confidence I needed to believe that I can play the guitar and to inspire me to continue learning. All of this and he provided a fun, open atmosphere. Plus, he also does a mean caveman impression. I highly recommend him to anyone considering taking up the guitar and to anyone wanting to reach the next level in their playing!
If you're ready to take your playing to the next level, David Joel is your secret to success
- Shawn Sierotowicz
If you're ready to take your playing to the next level, David Joel is your secret to success. There's no substitute for a real life teacher, and never did I see this so clearly until beginning lessons with David. He is clear and concise in his teaching methods, yet willing to tailor the lessons towards your particular interests. His years of experience translate to guitar wisdom, and he helped transform the way I practice, play, and even listen to music. Beyond all of this, he is a truly genuine person and a good friend. With dedication and the musical mentorship of David Joel, you can take your playing as far as you desire.
He has given me the solid foundation I needed and continues to build on that with each lesson.
- Warren Robinson
David’s teaching style and personality have made things very enjoyable and rewarding for me. I played guitar as a teenager and took over a 20-year hiatus, never picking up a guitar during that time. I wanted to start playing again and I was looking for an experienced, professional teacher to help me get back in to playing. David Joel is exactly the teacher I was looking for. He has given me the solid foundation I needed and continues to build on that with each lesson. He’s helped demystify music theory for me and has shown me how to apply it to the fret board. Playing guitar and taking lessons is something I will never regret. I would encourage anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to play, or wants to take their playing to another level to take lessons from David. I think you will find it as rewarding as I have.
David Joel is a very patient and experienced teacher.
- Breanne Olsen
David Joel is a very patient and experienced teacher. I enjoyed my lessons with him and feel that I learned a lot from him. If you want to learn to play the guitar or improve your playing skills, he is the one to go to!