A passions for working with students
and young talents

Joe has been involved with education projects world wide and continues to seek out opportunities to work with young musicians who are hungry to learn more about the art of improvisation.

Joe Locke talks about the challenges of practicing regularly and the importance of self motivation.

Recorded Oct 2012 at the RNCM, Manchester (special thanks to Simone Rebello), at Brighton Jazz School (special thanks to Wayne McConnell) and at the RCS, Glasgow (special thanks to Tommy Smith and Kurt Hans Gödicke). Rhythm section: Alyn Cosker, Mario Caribé, Steve Hamilton (piano)

I am happy whenever I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and love of music with students and band directors alike.

For me, it is an eye-opening experience, and I always learn something about myself in the process.
I have been involved with education projects throughout the United States and around the world, and continue to seek out opportunities to work with young musicians who are really hungry to learn more about the art of improvisation.”

Joe Locke

Some of the topics Joe addresses in his workshops and master classes

Contemporary Jazz Harmony

How to create good chord voicings, and create interesting harmonic progressions.

Linear Improvisation

How to develop good single line playing / achieving clarity and excitement in a solo.

4 Mallet Technique

Ideas and exercises to help develop strength and fluidity at the keyboard with 4 mallets.


Finding a voice as a songwriter.

The Spirituality of Imperfection in Music

A talk on the subject of how our shortcomings, as well as our strenghths, inform our music for the better; a glimpse into the humanity of the musical process.

With Students in Groningen, Netherlands 2015
With Students in Cagliary, Italy, 2015
Joe Locke teaching

Teaching Credits

Joe Locke, HonA RAM –

In 2008 Joe accepted the position of International Vibraphone Consultant at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) at the invitation of Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Director of Studies). He has since received the title of Honorary Associate of the Academy (HonA RAM).

other activities include…

… a bi-annual teaching residency at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen (Netherlands); an educational tour of Texas, culminating in a concert with the Texas Lutheran University Big Band; various workshops at Royal Conservatoires in England and Scotland; teaching engagements at the Sardegna OCS (Italy), workshops in Rochester, NY with the School of the Arts jazz ensemble (through The Commission Project) and frequent engagements at various arts and music institutions in the USA.

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‘Available In Blue’ solo vibraphone

The title of this tune was too tempting not to find reflection in its final editing, and has eventually received a rather predictable colour treatment. So although they are usually coming in all colours, this one is only “Available in Blue”. The black and white sheet music of this solo vibes piece can be purchased […]

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‘Highland’ solo vibraphone

The third solo vibes video release is “Highland’ – a not yet recorded composition that isn’t part of the original sheet music collection of 6 solo pieces, but was offered as a bonus tune. All music from this series is fully notated and available in the web store.

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‘Sword Of Whispers’ solo vibraphone

Number two in our series of solo vibraphone videos featuring Joe’s original compositions. All pieces are fully notated, with sheet music available in the web store.

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