Joseph Welch comes from a long line of teachers. His mom, dad, aunt, and great-grandfather all taught in various ways: one room schoolhouse, elementary education, junior high, Sunday School, and Awana. Knowing he belonged in education, Joe began college by studying music education. Even after moving into a more performance-driven field, Joe retained his commitment to education and received a research grant from the University of Minnesota School of Music to study the design and implementation of collaborative piano degree programs for his doctoral project.
Joe currently teaches students of all levels at three colleges: McKendree University, Blackburn College, and St. Charles Community College. Not only does he teach advanced pianists pursuing a career in music, but he also teaches beginning pianists in class piano and private lessons. In his spare time, he teaches late intermediate and advanced high school pianists. He gave recent master classes at McKendree University and Illinois State University.
Regardless of a student's level, Joe's strategy and philosophy remains the same: 1) meet the student where he or she is, 2) identify the student's goals, and 3) make and carry out a plan.
Joe's teaching career has been long and varied. In addition to his current responsibilities, he previously taught in the Keyboard Development Program at SIUE, directed the children's choir at Berean Baptist Church, briefly directed the Berean Choir, taught Cubbies in the Awana program, and has taught Sunday School and VBS.
Joe also serves as a teaching artist, bringing performances into classrooms at public and private schools. He crafted a creative recital design for kids and did outreach into southern Illinois schools. The artwork the students made during his visits was projected during the recital. While performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, his engaging presentation reached over 1500 students of all ages. His presentations were met with rave reviews from teachers who said such things as: "[Joe was] truly an inspiration to our kids and gave me a wonderful teaching opportunity to share throughout the year."
If you are interested in studying with Joe, please reach him through the contact page.