The Rattletree School of Marimba

Play music with your friends…
In less time than it takes to eat a taco!
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“If You Can Walk, You Can Dance.
If You Can Talk You Can Sing!”
- Zimbabwean Proverb

Marimba music is meant to be played in together.  Our classes are taught in a band format, where everyone gets to try out the different sizes of marimbas, and instantly become a part of a thriving community.  Prior musical experience is welcome but not necessary.  We hope you’ll decide to join us.

A Welcoming Community

We love to celebrate making music together!  There is a place for everyone in our classes-from complete beginners to professional musicians!

Online Lessons!

Not in Austin?  Learn the music with us online!

 Join our Patreon community where people from all over the world are learning this music with Joel!  You can also check out our individual online lessons in our shop.

Have our music at your event!

We have bands available for many different types of events-Everything from large festivals to small galas and private events.  Let’s do it!

I have no musical talents whatsoever, except air guitar and car singing.  I warned Joel.  He laughed and guaranteed that within five minutes I would be playing the Marimba.  Guess what.  He was right.  He and Rakefet were so patient and encouraging to all of us.



Joel Laviolette is a dedicated musician, a patient and giving teacher, and a world-class craftsman. I have been to and hosted several educational events by Joel and Rattletree. It is an experience not to be missed!!

John Lane

Professor of Music , Sam Houston State University

Joel is an incredible teacher for both beginners and advanced players.
What is so cool about playing marimba is that you need no skill, just a willingness to jump in and play.

Anna Marie