Joseph Getz has established himself as a multi-genre percussionist and music instructor experienced in performance and interactive music education. In 2001, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Performance at The University of the Arts, where he received the Drum Set Award for the senior class, the highest award given by the drum department. While attending high school, he was selected for the District Jazz Band ensemble as well as accepted into the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts as a visual artist.
While residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a performing and recording artist for Mercury Radio Theater, Cape Wrath, Six Acre Lake, the Byways, Geology, Johnny Showcase, and F. Woods, which he has built up a sizeable discography. He also served as a percussionist for PhillyBloco, Philadelphia's only 23-piece Brazilian funk orchestra. In addition to recording, touring, and performing, Joseph has served as a church musician for over twenty years for Circle of Hope. He also served as the pit drummer for the musical theater productions Hair, Aida, and Hands on a Hardbody.
Upon recently relocating to West Palm Beach, Florida, he established Getz Arts LLC, which provides private one-on-one lessons and group percussion instruction for after-school enrichment programs serving Palm Beach County. For ten years, he was on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Perkins Center for the Arts in New Jersey, where he taught private lessons and after-school ensemble programs in schools. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
My philosophy on education is to foster a connection with the student that will provide a fun and safe place to engage in learning. My approach rotates through the following areas of study including, music theory (reading sheet music), technique (motion, touch, movement), ear training (transcribing), sense of time (developing an internal clock), various musical styles, and individual expressiveness through free play or improvisation. I have incorporated methods like word-play, games, and monthly/weekly challenges to motivate and empower my students to achieve results and reach their highest potential.