- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Josh Levitin began studying piano at age 16, an age generally considered late for a new piano student. Almost immediately, his teachers found that he had a natural ability to play the instrument at a high level. Tereza Lee, at the time a graduate piano student at the Manhattan School of Music, was Josh’s primary piano teacher and mentor, and helped him prepare for college, university and conservatory auditions. At age 18, after playing the piano for only two years, Josh received offers of admission from six conservatory programs to study piano performance, most notably from the Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Josh chose to attend Carnegie Mellon, where in 2009 he was one of only three piano students to gain admission to the University’s School of Music. That same year, Josh became a Hadar Scholar, receiving financial support from the Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation to pursue his undergraduate music studies.
Josh graduated from Carnegie Mellon with University and College Honors. He also received a merit scholarship to study with pianist Sandra Shen at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, N.C., where he studied for three summers, and performed solo and collaborative piano repertoire. While there, he studied further with Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor, pianist Norman Krieger. Josh’s teachers at Carnegie Mellon were Sergey Schepkin and Ralph Zitterbart.
Josh is currently on the faculty of Church Street School for Music and Art in Manhattan, where he teaches piano, and Dan’s Music Studio in West Orange, N.J, where, in addition to piano, he uses music as therapy to help students with disabilities.
Josh also offers private piano lessons. Josh reaches students in New York City, and Essex and Passaic Counties in New Jersey.
We have found Josh to be very thoughtful and patient. He spends time to build the concepts rather than rushing through lessons. We are quite satisfied and would recommend his classes.
Josh is a great instructor for our daughter. He puts a tremendous amount of thought into presenting his lessons in a way she can learn and absorb them.
We have seen how learning music has had such a positive impact on her life, beyond the technical skills of playing the piano and we attribute that to Josh's patience and flexibility.
As a colleague of Josh's I've found him to be uncommonly thoughtful towards his students and about the content and direction of his lessons. He is exceptionally prepared, incisive and intelligent, a fine musician and educator, and an easy person to recommend without hesitation. I'm confident any student will gain invaluable insight under his tutelage.+ Read More