Known as the beloved "Mr. Joe" and "the pied piper of rockin' good times" from the deepest pockets of Collierville to the edges of the Mississippi in Harbor Town, Joe Murphy is the director and head teacher of Music for Aardvarks, Memphis.
He has been wowing families with his high spirited, big fun classes in Memphis since 2006. He has performed live, either solo or with his family jam band 'Dandelion and the Raindrops', at the Levitt Shell, Memphis Zoo, Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Brooks Museum, Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Botanic Gardens, University Club, Downtown Farmers Market and many living rooms throughout Memphis.
He is also a trained and registered Music Together teacher and attended the Diller-Quaile School of Music where he studied the Dalcroze approach to music education. In a previous life, Joe performed professionally as an actor in NYC off and on Broadway and in numerous TV shows. In his current life, he is a Memphis loving farm boy from Wisconsin raising two boys in midtown with two chickens, two ducks, and a rabbit in the backyard.
Michelle Bush Shrader is a lover of music, teaching and her family. With a degree in classical guitar from the University of Memphis under the direction of Lily Afshar, she performs throughout town with her husband, Jeremy, who specializes in jazz music. A New Orleans native, Michelle took private classical voice lessons for much of her childhood before pursuing her music career in classical guitar. In her studies as a child, she performed in the prestigious New Orleans Children's Chorus and recorded original songs in studio settings throughout the New Orleans area. She began teaching at the young age of twenty and children are her passion, the driving force in her love for music education. Michelle looks forward to embarking on new musical experiences and anything creative!