Now Teaching In-Person and Online!

Our New Location is at...

62 Laurel St Waterloo N2J 2H2

Quality Guitar Lessons Customized For You!

Now offering in-person lessons as well as online lessons!

Still accepting new students although space is limited.
If you are interested in trying it out, you can sign up here.

Feel free to contact me for more information or if you have any questions.

Welcome to my music studio at the
Uptown School of Music!

Thanks for choosing me as your teacher.

I've been teaching guitar for about 24 years at various music schools in southern Ontario including the Waterloo Long & McQuade school of music for 7 of those years as well as the Uptown School of Music for 7+years. I teach guitar, bass, mandolin, and ukulele to all different kinds of students for all different styles of music. My objectives are to provide my students with the best possible learning experience and to help them reach their goals.

Currently offering online lesson times for 
Mondays 3-9pm,
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-9pm


Guitar lessons cost $25.00 per half an hour.

Feel free to call me at (519) 496-5420

or email me at




Domenic Romeo
Owner, Teknik Salon & Spa and Europa Beauty Supplies

Joel has provided guitar lessons for both my boys for at least 5 years. He is an excellent musician as well as a patient and devoted instructor. I would recommend Joel to anyone, any age group for lessons. 

Domenic Romeo

March 20, 2013, Domenic was Joel's client

Todd Cowan
Chair of the Library Board of Waterloo Region

My kids have taken guitar lessons from Joel and he is fantastic! 

He is a very talented musician and connects well with kids to inspire them to achieve. 

I would recommend Joel to anyone who wants not just to learn the guitar, but to also excel! 

Todd Cowan

March 5, 2012, Todd was Joel's client

Rob Taylor
VP Of Operations. President Of A&R at

Joel is a great musician. When it comes to guitar and his teaching ability he is worldclass.

March 2, 2012, Rob worked directly with Joel at Uptown School of Music

Ian C. Boddy
City Councillor at The Corporation of The City of Owen Sound

Joel Morelli is an experienced performing musician and also an experienced guitar teacher. He combines a unique style of playing with a vast knowledge of the history of guitar playing, and has the ability to teach many styles. He has the gentleness to teach kindergarten and the chops to challenge a pro. 
If we were living closer, our family would be taking lessons from Joel Morelli. 
He is highly regarded and respected in our household!

February 23, 2012, Ian C. was Joel's client

Russell Jennison
Mastercam Post Processor Developer at Cimquest, Inc.

Joel is a soulful, consummate musician with a positive approach to both teaching, and performing. He is a pleasure to work with.

February 23, 2012, Russell worked directly with Joel at Uptown School of Music

Tara MacKenzie
Director of Music at Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts

Joel is a highly skilled musician and composer, 
With excellent teaching skills. He is easy to collaborate with 
And would not hesitate to reccomend him as a performer 
Or educator.

February 22, 2012, Tara worked with Joel at Uptown School of Music

Les Hirst
P.Eng., Engineering Leader

My son Phil loves his weekly guitar and bass lessons with Joel. Joel has taught him the skills and deepened his love of music. 

I highly recommend Joel as a teacher.

February 22, 2012, Les was Joel's client

Les Dongen
Grounds Supervisor at University of Waterloo

Joel is a very knowledgeable and more importantly patient teacher. I would highly recommend his services to anyone wanting to learn guitar.

February 22, 2012, Les was Joel's client

Keira McArthur
Cellist, vocalist, music coach, fine artist

There are musicians who have an embedded, deeply intuitive sense of the 'rightness' of what they play- Joel is one. He has ears everywhere & plays sympathetically with everyone around him, which makes finding and staying in the shared groove feel effortless. A very solid player who's also full of curiosity and humour - I've had fabulous times playing with Joel these past ten years or more, and excellent times just listening and watching. Always a pleasure.

February 22, 2012, Keira was with another company when working with Joel at Uptown School of Music