Joe Drennan is incredibly excited to be settled in Austin. Originally from Chicago, he has traveled extensively, playing music and learning from all of his experiences. Most recently, he was a musical director for Second City Theatricals, providing music and sound design for sketch and improvisational comedy shows. He has had the opportunity to work with many talented and famous comedians, including some now featured on Saturday Night Live and national television commercials.
Joe received a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he played in the 1st jazz band (guitar), 1st jazz combo (piano), classical guitar quartet, and an original rock band (guitar and vocals). He has been teaching music for almost 20 years, and currently teaches all levels of piano, guitar, bass, and music theory. His other professional experiences include recording and touring with Wind-Up recording artists Company of Thieves (keyboards) and playing guitar onboard cruise ships.
Joe is very interested in physical and mental health (specifically yoga and meditation), and how these relate to making music. He believes that while music theory and technique are important, they can also be a hindrance if they prevent a student from exploring and playing without tension and fear.
Joe is passionate about helping each of his students to develop his or her own musical voice, while making sure that they enjoy the process. He hopes to have an opportunity to work with you or your family in the near future!
2010 - present
2010 - present