Joie has been playing the violin for most of her life, starting with the school music program in fifth grade. That summer, her mother put her in private lessons where that personal instruction helped her advance quickly and correctly, find a love of music and the violin, and cemented the knowledge of how important private lessons are in developing life-long skills and opportunities for growth.Joie and her family moved to St. George from Salt Lake City in July of 2016. She has been married to Scott for 30 years and has 4 children, 2 son-in-law’s, and the cutest granddaughter ever! She now plays and performs with the Southwest Symphony where she is the Principal 2nd Violinist and Artistic Administration Assistant. She has played with the Tuacahn Amphitheater Pit Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Chamber Music Society of Southern Utah, String Quartet No. 2, and many other local groups and opportunities.Joie has taught students from as young as 5 to adult, beginner to advanced. Her students develop a great relationship of trust, learning, and fun, and tend to stay with her as their teacher because of that relationship. Learning to play the violin is an amazing way to develop skills for both music and living. It can teach multitasking, help the brain develop faster and better ways for thinking and learning, and provide opportunities for growth and confidence! She also believes music should be fun and encourages students to search out and bring pieces they are interested in playing. Music is like a new language – it takes time to learn, it takes practice to develop skills, and it takes diligence to master. It is a language that everyone can understand and one you never stop learning! Joie is passionate about everything music can offer, from self-confidence to opportunities for service and personal growth. She is excited to pass along the skills she’s learned to her students!