Joseph Healy


New York Period – Early Life 1981 – 1993

Joseph A.R. Healy was born on August 15, 1981 at St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester, New York.  He was born into a family of two brothers, Samuel and Clayton, and parents Kenneth and Joanne.  Rochester, New York was where Joseph lived the first twelve years of his life.


At age six, during the summer of 1987, he took a four week long beginner keyboard class.  During the next three years Joseph plucked around on the family piano, developing chords and melodies.  At the age of nine, his mother signed him up to take piano lessons at the Eastman School of Music.  Joseph studied under a graduate assistant, Mr. Fisher, who was working on his doctorate in performance.


Ohio Period 1993 – 2004

Joseph attended Kent Theodore Roosevelt High School from 1996 to 2000.  Within those four years, he enrolled in the high school Marching Band (four years), Concert Band (two years), Symphonic Band (two years), Pep Band (two years), Concert Choir (one year), Choral Works (three years), Varsity Men (boy’s choral ensemble) (three years), Aces (co-ed choral ensemble) (one year), and the music theory class.  He was in the musical, Cinderella, and played two of his compositions, Congrats and Amore, for his high school graduation.


After high school, Joseph attended the School of Music at Kent State University (KSU) from the fall of 2000 until the spring of 2004 and earned a Bachelors of Music Composition and a Bachelors of Music Theory.  While he was earning those degrees, he enrolled in the Kent Chorus (three semesters), Chamber Music (three semesters), and Kent State Marching Golden Flashes (marching band) (one semester). At KSU he studied composition under John Ferrito and piano with Thomas Ottman, Brent Frederickson, and Jerry Wong.  Joseph made both the Dean’s and President’s lists, resulting in graduating cum laude on May 9, 2004.  While he was a freshman, he played the piano for Tallmadge Alliance Church’s worship team for one year.  Joseph also performed piano at the Schwebel Garden Room in the Student Center at Kent State University in 2002.  He played the piano at nursing homes at Stow Glen, Kent Health Center, and Out Look Point in 2002.  Joseph taught music lessons at Sound Board Music from the fall of 2003 to the end of the summer of 2004.  He taught piano, guitar, and drums, as well as a brass class to a group of 4th and 5th graders.


Kentucky Period 2004 – 2006

Joseph moved away from his family to study composition at the University of Louisville in Kentucky from 2004 to 2006.  During this time, he studied and performed many modern composers’ works.  Joseph studied composition under Marc Satterwhite, who operates the Grawmeyer Awards, and studied conducting under the baton of Kent Hatterburg, the conductor of the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Singers.  At this time his compositional language grew substantially.


Near the end of his time at the university, Joseph started thinking about going into music education to teach the youth what modern composers are currently creating.  In May of 2006, he graduated from the University of Louisville with a Masters of Composition.


Pennsylvania Period 2006 – Current

Joseph moved to Pennsylvania in the fall of 2006 and composed many works in his studio apartment.  At the beginning of 2007, he started teaching strings, brass, woodwinds, voice, drums, and piano at Learning Incorporated.  Joseph composes and arranges pieces for his students to perform in the spring and winter recitals for Learning Inc. every year.  He accompanies his vocal students as well as some of his instrumental soloists during these recitals.  Through Learning Inc., Joseph also taught music to pre-school students at Aggie’s Daycare from the fall of 2007 to the summer of 2009.


Joseph enrolled at West Chester University to earn his music education certification in the fall of 2007 and completed it in the fall of 2009.  While at West Chester University, he took some time off from composing major works to focus on academics.  Joseph did compose some short contemporary works for several of his class’ projects.  He also composed two pieces for Linwood Elementary School in Haverford, PA.  One song was a choral piece, Our Earth, for the fourth and fifth grade choir.  The other was a percussion piece on a chairfor first through fifth grade students to learn that music can go beyond traditional instruments.


After student teaching and graduating from West Chester University, Joseph became a music teacher in The School District of Philadelphia in 2010.  One way he gets his students engaged in learning music is to create body-percussion, bucket, and chair pieces for them to learn.   He also teaches them about current composers and singers.


Future Projects

A teacher in the Cleveland, Ohio area brought it to my attention that there is a shortage of resources for Ukulele in the classroom. We are collaborating to develop a curriculum for third through sixth grade students. The compositions include Orff and percussion instruments. We are applying to present the curriculum at the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference.

There are many resources for teachers and parents that teach letter recognition, how to write the letters, and letter sounds, but they can be very expensive. I am currently creating a series of instructional videos that teach these same concepts, but will make it inexpensive for teachers and parents all over the world to use with preschoolers and kindergartners. I am creating two sets of videos. The first set of fifty-two videos will teach young children letter recognition and how to write each letter of the alphabet; there will be videos for each uppercase and lowercase letter. The second set of thirty-one videos will teach the letter sounds, including separate songs for long and short vowels.


Joseph is currently working on several recording projects.  He will record his second piano album this summer.  He also is currently writing an orchestral work and a story that he started in 2004.


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