Hi, my name is Joy, and I’m a pianist and teacher in Michigan.  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 my journey of learning and growing as a teacher.


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Joy Morin is a teacher, pianist, speaker, and writer of a blog at ColorInMyPiano.com. She teaches students of all ages at her independent piano studio near Ann Arbor, Michigan. A devoted teacher and lifelong learner, Joy is a frequent attendee of conferences and workshops to refine her craft. In recent years, she has twice been the recipient of MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grants, enabling her to further pursue her interest in Edwin Gordon’s work in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and complete certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML.org) in both Piano and Early Childhood Music.

Joy enjoys connecting with fellow piano teachers, through her blog and beyond. As an outgrowth of her blog, she offers online courses for piano teachers and, for the first time last year, organized a first annual Piano Teacher Retreat, hosting fifteen piano teachers to survey the historical evolution of piano method books together. As an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Joy has served in numerous capacities: most recently as VP for Affiliated Associations for the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OhioMTA) and Co-President of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association. Joy has given presentations on the topics of music learning theory, piano teaching literature, studio business, and piano method books at local, state, and national association levels — including for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP); MTNA conferences; state conferences of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky; and local meetings of chapters across Ohio. Two of her articles were published in the American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion magazines.

A native of Michigan, Joy completed graduate studies at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) where she received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, studying both subjects under Adrienne Wiley. Her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance is from Hope College (Holland, Michigan), where she studied piano with Andrew Le and 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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