Hi, my name is Joy, and I’m a pianist and teacher in Ohio.  I love teaching piano, which I have been doing since 2005. Teaching piano is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and I plan to continue doing it for the rest of my life. Join me here at Color In My Piano as I share about my journey of learning and growing as a teacher.


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Joy Morin is a pianist and teacher currently residing in northwest Ohio, where she operates an independent piano studio. Her keen interest in piano pedagogy leads her to endeavors including blogging (at ColorInMyPiano.com), authoring resources for piano teachers, presenting workshops, and serving for regional piano teachers’ associations. Joy is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), currently serving as Vice President for Affiliated Associations for the Ohio Music Teachers Association and Co-President of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association. In recent years, Joy has been pursuing her interest in Edwin Gordon’s work with Music Learning Theory (MLT). She completed Piano Certification through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML.org) in 2016 as well as Early Childhood Music Certification the following year.

Joy attained a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan), where her responsibilities included teaching group piano classes and collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists. At Central, she studied piano and piano pedagogy with Adrienne Wiley. Joy earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Hope College (Holland, Michigan), where she studied piano with Andrew Le and piano pedagogy with Adam Clark. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Hope, she received the MTNA StAR award and was granted membership into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society and the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. Joy also holds an Associate of Music degree in piano performance from Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), where she studied with Mary Scanlan.

About The Name “Color In My Piano”

The name “Color In My Piano” came from a 20-page paper I wrote during my senior year at Hope College in May of 2009.  The assignment was to reflect upon the past experiences of my life and formulate a worldview.  A large portion of my paper, not surprisingly, was focused upon the huge role that music and the piano has played in my life.  I believe music is much more than a bunch of notes strung together — it is a powerful force that can affect our emotions and senses and transport us to other times and places.  It has the power to heal and to mend, to encourage and to energize.  I strive to prevent my music-making/teaching from becoming a job, a task, or a requirement — I strive to keep “color in my piano” for both my students and myself.

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