Ideally, I would like all my students to have a good quality guitar that will produce beautiful tone.  A guitar with a solid top produces better tone than one with a laminated top.


You should expect to spend $100 or more on a guitar. Less expensive guitars are available, but the quality is not always consistent.


If you are purchasing a guitar, get a classical guitar with nylon strings. It is important to have the correct size classical guitar.  If you are considering guitar lessons for your child, please meet with me before purchasing a guitar to see what size would be best for your child- 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4.  Many adults also prefer a 3/4 or 7/8 size guitar.













Joette has been playing guitar since the age of 15. She started out playing folk guitar and was introduced to classical guitar in college. Joette has both a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with a concentration in music.

Joette has continued to study guitar after college with private lessons, master classes at summer workshops, and Suzuki teacher training.  In Pennsylvania, she served as a board member for both the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.  She performed at coffee shops and street fairs as part of the flute and guitar duo, Amarylis. 

Joette was president of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society in 2009 and in 2010 became the founding  President of the Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society.

Joette has been teaching Suzuki classical guitar since 1997. She moved her music studio to Port St. Lucie, Florida in December 2009 and enjoys living in sunny Florida with all its parks and beaches.






Music Studio

Music Studio

I teach classical and acoustic guitar.  Most of my students have a classical guitar, that is a guitar with nylon strings.  My students learn to read music and play classical music.  There is a wealth of music written for guitar beginning in the 1800's and up to today, as well as Renaissance and Baroque music transcribed for guitar.  I also teach students to accompany singing while playing chords.

Suzuki Guitar Lessons

I teach guitar to children age 4 and up with the Suzuki method. With the Suzuki method, the parent helps the child practice. 

It is called the mother-tongue method because Dr. Suzuki realized that children could learn music in the same way that they learn to talk from their mothers. 

Children will learn to play guitar before they learn to read music.  Dr. Suzuki was a violinist who taught children as young as 3 years old to play violin.  Now his method has been adapted for many instruments, including classical guitar. 

Students participate in a weekly half hour private lesson and a biweekly group class for an hour.   It is important that children have the correct size classical guitar.  If you are considering guitar lessons for your child, please meet with me before purchasing a guitar.

Recommended parent reading-
Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki

"Music washes away the dust 
of every day life."

by Sheri Hilliard Aug 3, 2010

Click here to read what a St. Lucie West mom has to say about Joette and her music studio!

“Joette is an amazing guitar teacher. She is passionate about her work, sensitive and patient when teaching, and exceptionally skilled at her craft. Over the past year, she has reinforced and in some instances instilled values for my children related to music, including respect, awe and appreciation for the joy of guitar. She is also punctual, a great communicator and is very kind to her students. Anyone with access to her as a teacher is very lucky. She is one of a kind - a true gem. I recommend her unreservedly as a guitar teacher.” 
Julie Mullaney, parent of 2 students
November 29, 2009