Joe Murphy is a native of the peninsula and has been teaching for almost 20 years. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Tuba Performance. Joe was a freelance musician working in the greater Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas while teaching at La Canada High/Middle School and Agoura High School. 12 years ago, Joe moved back to the SF Bay Area to teach band at Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos. Joe inherited a wonderful music program and built it into the award winning program that it is today.

Joe has been involved with digital music and recording since he was in high school. As a hobbyist, Joe enjoyed making music in his uncle's basement studio. Here, he learned the art of mixing, recording, editing and mastering. Since then, Joe has worked as a private recording engineer and producer for many soloist, small groups and large bands. In addition to recording, he is also an engineer/DJ for live music events, weddings and parties.

Joe also maintains a large private studio of which many have received high honors. He has taught over 200 students privately and has had over 100 students selected to the All State Bands. Recently, the top middle school trombonist, top middle school tuba player and top freshman trombonist were all from Joe's private studio. You may also find Joe playing/conducting/acting in the local theater seen. He has been the technical musical director with the San Carlos Children's Theater and musical director at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. Joe lives in Belmont with his wife, Sara who is the music director at St. Charles Parish and St. Charles Catholic School as well as the choir director at Tierra Linda. He has two boys, Dylan and Sean who play the tuba and cello.