Joyce Kouffman

Alto Saxophone Bass Guitar Clarinet Drum Set Drums Electric Bass Electric Guitar Electric Piano Electronic Instruments Flageolet Guitar Keyboard Instrument Orchestra Percussion Piano Piano Left Hand Piano Right Hand Saxophone Snare Drum Soprano Saxophone String Instruments Ukulele Violin Violoncello Woodwind Instruments

Students & Online Coaching

Joyce coaches both individuals and ensembles at beginner, intermediate, and advanced playing levels. Joyce is open to online coaching sessions and lessons.

Background & Offerings

Joyce Kouffman has coached both classical and jazz ensembles for some 40 years. After a six year residency at Harvard University as a special teaching assistant (as well as offering her own classes as an adjunct faculty member) in chamber music alongside Professor Luise Vosgerchian (also noted as Yo-Yo Ma's major mentor), she was a recipient of a Harvard-Danforth Certificate for Excellence in undergraduate instruction. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she taught at the Crowden School for musically gifted children for six years. In recent years, Joyce has taught privately in her studio, Point Reyes Music Center, where she offers lessons, classes, and 2 to 14 day immersions in several instruments, classical chamber music, rock, jazz, and world music for all ages and levels throughout the year. Joyce has performed on jazz drums with many of the world's top jazz masters and has traveled to West Africa to study traditional drumming with the master drummers of Senegal. Her early cello studies were with members of the Boston Symphony and Pops, followed by experiences of performing in college orchestras accompanying the young prodigy in her college class, Yo-Yo Ma.,


  • Standard Repertoire
  • Rhythmic Precision work in ensembles, Improvisation for Classical Musicians, Coaching in Developing Jazz Solos, Jazz Big Band Conducting,Girls Rock and Jazz Ensembles for Ages 11 - 15, Guitar Reading Ensembles, Immersions "Made to Order" for your Group.



80 4th St.; P.O. Box 971 Point Reyes Station/Marin County/Alameda County, CA 94956