Manhattan Music School | Joe Berger Helps Adults and Kids Find the Best NYC Music Teacher
Hey Joe Guitar founder Joe Berger is a fourth- generation New Yorker. He lives with his family in the city.
He founded Hey Joe Guitar in 2007 when friends kept asking him to recommend music teachers for them and their children.
Today, Joe continues to personally choose the best music teacher for Hey Joe Guitar clients asking for in-home music lessons.
In 2009, along with his childhood friend and musician Teddy Wender, Joe founded the nonprofit organization MusiCan that puts music programs in public schools in the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Fortunately, many of Joe’s friends in his hometown of Great Neck (Long Island) were children of artists and musicians, so he had plenty of practice opportunities. His first group was called “The Living Few,” in which he performed with band mates who all grew up to make their mark on the music industry.
After college, Joe returned to New York City and performed with many music greats, including B.B, King, Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, John Abercrombie, and Todd Rundgren, among numerous others. Joe is a fan of The Beatles and Miles Davis, and has also drawn inspiration from Long Island jazz guitarist and teacher (the late) Joe Monk, whose creative teaching methods and philosophy were legendary. He was also a member of, and toured extensively with, Stars on 45, the 1980s novelty band that started the medley crazy.
Joe has used his experience to match the best teacher for each individual music student.
“Over the years, I have taken on many clients who had learned incorrectly from previous teachers,” Joe says. “That’s why I refer only the very best instructors with high teaching standards — folks I would bring into my own home to teach my family.”
Here’s a partial list of musical artists Joe has performed with: