Community Educator Spotlight | Joseph Starling


We are pleased to feature Joseph D. Starling in our latest Community Educator Spotlight

About Joseph

I started playing percussion by being part of a small music therapy circle with people I support at work at Heritage Christian Services in 2002.

When did you starting teaching african- drum playing?

JS: I started teaching with Mayukua “Wala” at Reformed Lutheran Church at an after school program in 2011-through 2013 and a music mentor for a summer program called Strings 4 Life from 2015-present at Love Fellowship Worship Center where I’m a member.

Where did you get the inspiration for your business brand?

JS: I started playing percussion by being part of a small music therapy circle with people I support at work at Heritage Christian Services in 2002.

What makes you want to teach/do your business?

JS: Music allows you to be free to express yourself.

For you, how does your business/brand relate to wellness?

JS: Music is the ultimate stress reliever and creative outlet.

How do you stay healthy?

JS: I stay healthy by communicating with God daily, trying to eat healthy, exercise daily, staying drug free, and eating donuts. (jk)

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?

JS: Not being able to read sheet music. I’ve tried it, so everything that I play, I play it by ear and by feeling the music from my heart.

When you aren’t teaching classes what do you like to do?

JS: I always look to join in open drum circles and opportunities to jam with other musicians at venues when invited.

What are you working on now?

JS: Right now, I just started filling in with a local Christian band called Through The Roof playing percussion and recently learned how to play the drum machine in the band. I’m also a band member of the Love Fellowship Worship Center praise team from 2011 to present.

What’s has been your best experience thus far in your business?JV:

JV: My best experience so far was playing at Kingdom Bound as part of the house band for the Christian Hip-hop artists and being part of the Heart of Dance production for the past 6 years.

What has been your biggest challenge as a company? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

JS: I really don’t have any challenges. I guess that I’m too easy going.

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing their own business?

JS: Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of your dreams. You will regret it if you do. Be true to yourself.

Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?

JS: Enjoy your life to the fullest, and do into others as you would have them do to

To learn more about Joe or connect with him reach out via the following channels:

TWITTER: @jstar516

IG: @jstar51663

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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