Joseph Ikner

Joseph Ikner Instructor
101 Goodwin Music Building
(334) 844-4165


Joseph Ikner is happy to join the music faculty of Auburn University as an instructor of guitar and music appreciation. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Joseph engages a variety of audiences with an energetic, thoughtful and entertaining program of diverse repertoire for the guitar. Dr. Elliot Frank of East Carolina University hails, Joseph Ikner plays with a beautiful and rich tone, one possessed by very few guitarists. One of the finest young guitarists of his generation.” Joseph’s debut recording, Premiere, has been featured on public radio and is available on and

Joseph has directed guitar studies at Campbell University and served on the faculties of Shenandoah Conservatory, Barton College, Johnston Community College and Coastal Carolina Community College and has served as a guitar pedagogy advisor for the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a charter faculty member of the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop where he directs a teacher training course and has served as performing artist, instructor, adjudicator and administrator. He has completed studies toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and holds a MM and BM, magna cum laude, in Guitar Performance from East Carolina University.

Joseph has directed the guitar programs at Lunsford Middle School and Mercer Middle School and served as Lead Mentor for the Loudoun County Public School District in Northern Virginia. Loudoun County Public Schools is a highly progressive district with a fully supported guitar program in every middle and high school. Joseph has been a pivotal figure in the advancement of this growing program, active in curriculum development and the recruitment of a highly talented guitar faculty. In 2007, Joseph was honored as a Founding Teacher of the National Music Certificate Program for his efforts in establishing a national standard for developing musicians in the United States.

Joseph is passionate about the impact that quality guitar education has on young people. This passion fuels an advocacy to put guitar in schools throughout our nation and provide those guitar programs with the support services they need to achieve optimum success and change lives. He is the director of Guitar In Schools, an advocacy component of and the Austin Classical Guitar Society, a non-profit organization. His charge is to help promote guitar programs in public schools and he regularly conducts teacher trainings and curriculum consultation and is frequently sought to adjudicate, and conduct master classes for high schools and universities.

Last Updated: August 04, 2015