Joe as an educator
Through his involvement in a number of educational and therapeutic programs, Joe currently works with a wide array of populations in diverse settings. He is a Teaching/Artist-In-Residence at Independence Charter School (an award winning K through 8th school in Center City Philadelphia), the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, and Valley Day School and Warwick House where he teaches Music and Drumming with severely emotionally disturbed students from k through 12. Joe is a participant in Live Connections, which provides interactive educational opportunities for youth from city schools & people with disabilities. Joe also teaches 70 to 90 year olds at Waverly Heights twice per month in Gladwyn Pa. and recently received a grant to drum with women in recovery from addictions at Womanspace in Ardmore Pa.
Selected Past Experience:
Joe's previous experiences as an educator saw him teaching music in a New Jersey public school for years and teaching drumming at St. Maron’s Hall in the heart of Philadelphia’s Lebanese community (in part, through Philadelphia Folklore Project's Folk Arts Multicultural Education Residences (FAME) program).
As an indication of his talent as a teacher, Joe and Lebanese-American actress Leila Buck of New York City were invited to take part in the Cultural Envoy Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the American Embassy in Denmark. They spent two weeks traveling throughout Denmark, performing and teaching workshops and master classes with a variety of students, musicians, actors and professors in various schools and universities, including the World Music Center and the Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Due to the enthusiastic response of the students and teachers and overall success of the program, Joseph and Leila were asked to return for a second tour of Denmark the following year.