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Joel Lareau

Conservatory Instructor
Trombone, Euphonium

In His Studio:

Joel Lareau teaches trombone, as well as baritone/euphonium with the Conservatory. Lessons with Joel cost $60 per hour of instruction. Joel is accepting students at this time. Joel will teach students ages 10 and up (physical size is a factor in playing the trombone), and prefers to teach beginner level students, but can teach up to high school level students. In Joel’s studio, students are not required to work towards exams, however they are strongly encouraged to participate in recitals and Music Festival. He teaches classical, band, and jazz music, and will make exceptions for other genres. Joel requires students to supply their own books, depending on skill level, and trombone, by second lesson at the latest. He will provide assistance in selecting an instrument if needed, but suggests buying from a local retailer such as Long & McQuade or St. John’s Music. Please avoid buying "Walmart instruments". Joel expects his students to practice, and recommends at least 20 minutes every day or two - building endurance is key. Students who have good work ethic and attitude will succeed with Joel.

Biography:

Joel was born and raised in Regina. He began taking piano lessons at a young age and started trombone in grade 6 through the Regina Catholic Schools Division. After graduating from LeBoldus high school in 2007, Joel joined the University of Regina Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band as a community member. He also joined the Halcyon Chamber Choir where he sang for 8 years and played in the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra for 2 years. In 2012, Joel began the pursuit of a degree in Music Education at the University of Regina and studied trombone under the direction of Dr. David Dick. During his time at the U of R he continued to play in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and joined the U of R Chamber Singers. Joel convocated from the U of R in 2016 with his Bachelor of Music Education degree. Joel is currently a Band Director for the Miller Area Elementary bands. He also performs with multiple local groups, including: The Pile of Bones Brass Band, The New Montagues, the Regina Jazz Orchestra, and the Queen City Brass Band. He has opened for acts such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Michael Kaeshammer and has shared the stage with the likes of Wayne Bergeron, Herman Matthews (Tower of Power), Stanton Moore (Galactic), and Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, etc.). Joel is also a utility player for the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

Credentials:

  • BMusEd (University of Regina)


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