Joseph Harkins brings an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary styles to his teaching and performing. His teaching philosophy is based in the firm belief that there is pianistic and expressive musical ability in everyone.
Active as an adjudicator and presenter, Harkins has presented throughout the Denver Metro Area with a specialty in Blues and Jazz instruction for Elementary and Intermediate Pianists. Engagements include the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Notes and News; Columbine, South Suburban, and Denver Music Teacher’s Associations; and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
His teaching engagements include the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Piano Preparatory Program at the Lamont School of Music, and the Harkins Piano Studio. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Denver.
"WITH A BACKGROUND IN JAZZ, A MASTERS IN CLASSICAL PIANO AND PEDAGOGY, COMBINED WITH A MAGNETIC PERSONALITY AND A PASSION FOR TEACHING, JOE HARKINS MAKES FOR A DYNAMIC TEACHER AT THE KEYS. STUDENTS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM!"
Coordinator for the University of Denver Piano Preparatory Program