Josh Linsky
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Josh Linsky

Josh L.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello! Thank you for considering me as your drum set teacher! I offer lessons to beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students. If you are a beginning student we will start from the ground up with proper technique, and we’ll get some basic patterns going. From there we will learn how to read rhythmic notation and drum set notation so we can get you playing some songs! I like to use handouts and some of my favorite books that I used growing up to help new students understand the importance of being able to speak the language not only by playing what we feel, but also by speaking on our instrument with our ability to read music. I will transcribe beginning songs of your choice, and we will learn the grooves from classic tunes! Intermediate and advanced students will be introduced to rudiment studies, learning different styles of drumming, and learning how to make your own transcriptions so you can start to learn how to read and write music on a higher level, and eventually create your own charts to be ready for a gig! My goal is to work with each student and create a fun and open environment that best suites each individual's personality and interests.

About Josh L.

Hello! My name is Josh. Thank you for considering me as your music teacher! I am a Los Angeles based musician and I've been playing music for 21 years. I am currently offering online lessons for ALL LEVELS DRUM SET, BEGINNING PIANO, and BEGINNING GUITAR, Please feel free to message me to schedule your first lesson! Here's a little more about my journey;

During my time at Berklee College of Music, I majored in Drum Set Performance as a student of Neil Smith and Terri Lyne Carrington. I completed my four-year Bacherlor of Music degree and graduated cum laude in 2013. That summer I spent a month in Accra, Ghana studying traditional culture which included a wide variety of music styles from different regions of the country. In fall 2013 I began pursuing the two-year Master of Fine Arts degree at California Institute of the Arts where I majored in Jazz Studies. I was able to continue my African music education as a devout member of the West African drum and dance ensembles during my time as a student and for several years as alumni. I was invited to record original compositions at Capitol Records as a part of the jazz department's yearly compilation record as a student of Joe LaBarbera. Since graduating from CalArts in 2015 I have been touring and working with many different artists from across the country. I have also been producing my own original work, as well as teaching music in Los Angeles and Ventura.

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Vincent R.
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Josh came in with a great personality and was very open to hear what we were looking for. My son really enjoyed his first lesson and we look forward to seeing how far he can go.

Posted May 9, 2016
Olivia
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Josh was an amazing teacher to have at the 2015 CSSSA session! He was really enthusiastic about the subject and made it incredibly fun to learn!

Posted Oct 24, 2015
Julian
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Very nonchalant, easy to talk to, and very patient. Had a great time in his class!

Posted Sep 29, 2015
marilu
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i started taking beginner drum lessons with josh last year. he always took into consideration what i wanted to learn out of the drum kit, and helped tailor my lessons for those needs. i learned so much at each lesson, had tons of fun, and always looked forward to my next lesson. unfortunately i moved, or else i would still be enjoying my drum practice with josh! josh is a great teacher- highly recommended!

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Cameron Tummel
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Working with Josh was absolutely fantastic. I studied drum set with him for one semester at CalArts. We had hour-long lessons weekly. He is an extremely experienced percussionist, excellent communicator, inspiring, patient, and genuinely excited to help people learn. I really appreciated how he showed me lots of options, then listened to which ones I liked best, so our lessons were focused on the material I wanted to practice. If you have a chance to study with Linsky, DO IT. He is a brilliant percussionist and wonderful teacher.

Posted Sep 24, 2015
jeff
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Josh was a passionate teacher and he knew what he was doing.

Posted Sep 3, 2015
Courtney
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I just couldn't say enough! Josh was amazing in that he had so much patience with me and the other students. He was very easy to get along with and everyone could tell that his passion for both music and teaching it was genuine. I would jump at any chance to take another lesson with him if the opportunity were to ever present itself to me again. I feel that Josh has a real calling for teaching and I am blessed to have been a student among many of his appreciative pupils.

Posted Sep 3, 2015
Maya
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Josh was a super great teacher! He was very enthusiastic and passionate about his job. He's super easy to work and connect with, and he's always extremely friendly and patient. :)

Posted Sep 2, 2015
Liberty
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Learning African Drumming and Dance with Josh was one of the best experiences I've ever had! I never thought this type of music could be so much fun for a classical pianist, but Josh helped open my eyes to a whole new style of rhythm and music. Every day was so much fun, and it is an experience I will never forget. Josh is an extraordinary teacher who really knows what he is doing. He is extremely passionate, kind, understanding, and an overall wonderful teacher!

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Liberty
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Learning African Drumming and Dance with Josh was one of the best experiences I've ever had! I never thought this type of music could be so much fun for a classical pianist, but Josh helped open my eyes to a whole new style of rhythm and music. Every day was so much fun, and it is an experience I will never forget. Josh is an extraordinary teacher who really knows what he is doing. He is extremely passionate, kind, understanding, and an overall wonderful teacher!

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Liberty
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Learning African Drumming and Dance with Josh was one of the best experiences I've ever had! I never thought this type of music could be so much fun for a classical pianist, but Josh helped open my eyes to a whole new style of rhythm and music. Every day was so much fun, and it is an experience I will never forget. Josh is an extraordinary teacher who really knows what he is doing. He is extremely passionate, kind, understanding, and an overall wonderful teacher!

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Coco
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The drum lessons had been helpful. Josh taught me well in a limited short amount of time I had.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Wyatt
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I had the opportunity to take lessons with josh for a month, and it was a month well spent. He gave me strong encouragement to pursue music and the drumming I was learning. He was always uplifting and fun, but with a serious note. He kept everything well under control, but with a lighthearted atmosphere. His stories and experience really gave me background on the drumming I was learning on top of just learning how to play, which was really fun and helpful. Josh is an excellent teacher and a great guy who pursues music with passion.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Jon
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Josh was a great teacher, and I loved every second of his enthusiasm and energy. He's the greatest of all time and he is more than ready to take full teacher responsibilities for any class

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Michael

Josh really brought out the very best in me. He's very interactive and friendly, and I would definitely recommend him if you're goal is to excel and make a great friend in a process.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Angela
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Very patient and enthusiastic! He's one of the most approachable teachers I've ever worked with.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
Lauren
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Nothing I didn't like about the experience. I had two semesters of lessons from Josh and wish I could have done more. He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate of every style I wanted to learn between African, Jazz, Swing, etc.. I ended up learning more than I thought I would throughout my time with him, and his teaching styles made it easy for each practice to stay with me since. Josh knows how to work with someone from the bottom and make them feel like they're ready for the stage in no time.

Posted Jul 16, 2015
Dalia
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Josh is very knowledgable about many musical styles and teaches in a way that makes things very understandable and applicable for students.

Posted Jul 14, 2015

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Experience

Music Teacher
Feb 2020 - Present

Ventura Music School

I have been teaching private and group lessons on drum set, percussion, piano, and guitar at Ventura Music School since February 2020.

Music Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present

Keyboard Galleria Music Center

I have been teaching private and group lessons on drum set, percussion, and piano at Keyboard Galleria Music Center since August 2015.

Music Teacher
Jan 2014 - Aug 2015

California Institute of the Arts

During my time as a graduate student at CalArts I was teaching drum set and percussion lessons to graduate and undergraduate students as a student assistant to the music department. I also did substitute teaching for African Drumming classes, and lead a summer African Drumming class for California State Summer School for the Arts hosted on the CalArts campus.

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies
Sep 2013 - May 2015

California Institute of the Arts

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2013

Berklee College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

CalArts merit-based Scholarship
Sep 2014

California Institute of the Arts

Hip Hop Act of the Year
Apr 2013

New England Music Awards

Best Hip Hop Group
Apr 2013

New England Urban Music Awards

Berklee Achievement Scholarship
Sep 2012

Berklee College of Music

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