Joseph Alcocer, is a violinist and string teacher.

He is the assistant orchestra teacher at Tappan Middle School and teaches 5th grade strings for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. He maintains a thriving private studio and also directs the Livingston Youth Orchestra in Brighton.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Huston-Tillotson University, he majored in Music Education at Texas State University and has completed work toward a Master of Music degree from Eastern Michigan University. Joseph has also registered training in the Suzuki Violin Method and Suzuki in the Schools.

As an advocate for the Suzuki in the Schools Movement, Joseph uses his background to enhance the school orchestra curriculum with Suzuki Method principles and pedagogy. Joseph’s previous teaching positions include team teaching 5th & 6th grade strings for Brighton Area Schools and teaching high school orchestra in his native Texas.

As a violinist, he regularly performs as a member of Michigan Philharmonic, Dearborn Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and in various freelance settings throughout southeast Michigan. During the summer, Joseph is on the violin and chamber music faculty at the Michigan ASTA string camp, the Novi High School Orchestra Camp, and the Pioneer Orchestra’s Interlochen retreat.

A private music teacher since 2011, he maintains a thriving violin and viola studio in Brighton and Ypsilanti.


Joseph grew up in Midland, Texas and began playing violin in a public school strings program. He played in the Lee High school orchestra while also exploring his Mexican heritage through Mariachi music. 

He began his teaching career in Austin, TX where he ran a large private teaching studio of violin and viola students that regularly placed in TMEA All-Region Orchestras, UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest, and were members of the Austin Youth Orchestra. He also taught orchestra in the public schools at Manor High School and Manor New Tech High School.

Joseph performed as a section violinist with several orchestras in Texas including: Round Rock SymphonyVictoria SymphonyTemple Symphony, and Laredo Philharmonic. He is a former violinist of the Modus Novus String Quartet, a contemporary music ensemble formed with graduates of the Berklee College of Music. Other notable performances include performing with Jeff William’s Freelance Orchestra and alongside Boston-Based Video Game Orchestra at RTX 2015 and 2016 that included songs from Rooster Teeth’s hit web series Red Vs. Blue and RWBY.

Joseph’s primary violin teachers include Mario Dimitrov, Lynn Ledbetter, Eugene Gratovitch, Grace Youn. His Suzuki teachers include Melissa Kraut, David Strom, Laurie Scott, and Mark Mutter.

Joseph’s professional affiliations include American String Teacher’s Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and Mu Phi Epsilon.

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