Piano Mentor

Joy Weaver Price began piano lessons with her mother at age 5. Music and the arts have always been at the center of her life, and once she graduated high school she realized she couldn’t imagine a life without them. Choosing to focus on piano, Joy went on to study at James Madison University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Music Industry. Moving to the Richmond area in 2014, Joy has enjoyed familiarizing herself with the arts scene. She is a pianist at the Richmond Ballet, additionally playing for their outreach program, ‘Minds in Motion’. She also serves as the Director of Traditional Music at River Road UMC. Her other musical specialties include voice and saxophone. With a deep seated passion for music and helping others achieve their goals, Joy looks forward to teaching with Passion Academy!

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Naturally as a female pianist I love Regina Spektor. Her lyrics have carried me through many tough times! I’m inspired by the way Yann Tiersen composes for piano, and my favorite classical composer is Chopin by a longshot. Other artists and bands I love are Nickel Creek, Jacob Collier, and Lady Gaga, although there isn’t all too much music I don’t like.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations, musical, and non-musical?

My Dad is my greatest inspiration as a mentor. He showed me how important it is to have a figure in your life who sees every moment as an opportunity to learn from each other and laugh. He supported me in every endeavor, no matter how big or small. I believe if everyone had this kind of mentorship, the world would be a kinder place.

Musically, I am inspired by almost any soul who writes their own songs or works with others to write songs with reckless abandon, or who performs without fear of what people think. That’s what I strive for!

If you could follow in any musician’s footsteps, who would it be?

Regina Spektor.

If you had the ability to pick anybody to collaborate with musically, who would it be?

I would love to collaborate with Sarah Watkins, Sean Watkins, Chris Thile (!!!!!!!!), and Alison Krauss.

What are your plans for the future of your music?

I would love to reach a larger audience with my music, whether it’s solo piano, working with a band, or songwriting. Being on stage makes me the happiest! I have a dream of offering scholarship lessons and mentorship to underprivileged children and regularly performing.