Joseph Armetta is a professional guitar player, composer, and arranger. He has composed for television, radio, stage, and film, and regularly performs live in Warrensburg and the surrounding area.
As a very young child, a fire was lit inside Joseph when
he saw the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan. He knew then
he wanted to play the guitar. Growing up in Queens, New
York, he began taking lessons every Saturday at the age
Joseph noticed that fellow musicians often trained
others, and it seemed that teaching naturally evolved
from being a performer. By the time he was eighteen, he
was giving guitar lessons in music stores, and has
taught ever since both privately and at college.
Mr. Armetta guides his students by reducing complex
ideas into their simplest, easiest to understand form.
He wants them to be self-critical, to hear what they are
really playing rather than an abstract ideal. When they
self-monitor, they are on their way to becoming
self-correcting, and making that leap is truly
exhilarating and satisfying to watch.
Mr. Armetta received his B.A. in Music from the Aaron
Copland School of Music, CUNY. While continuing to play
rock and classical guitar, he began to focus on
composing and obtained an M.M. in Music Composition from
the University of Montana where he taught guitar for
eight years. He has subsequently become a performing
jazz guitarist, a researcher of music theory and
technology, and joined the UCM faculty in 2006. Not one
to limit the possibilities of future musical or academic
interests, he believes that growth is always being in a
state of becoming.
Mr. Armetta highlights the importance of practice to
this students, majors and non-majors alike. After years
of his own dedication, being “on” during a performance
gives him a feeling of complete freedom, like being able
to fly. Joseph Armetta loves what he does, and in
return, it loves him back.
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