Josh Weinberg

Josh W.

Newton Center, MA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been using Ableton for over 5 years, with a lot of experience using it in live performances as well as composition/production. I personally love ableton, I think it is the best DAW out there and definitely the one I'm most familiar with. I used it for most of my Electronic Production & Design projects at Berklee. Additionally I taught kids ages 13-18 how to use Ableton at the West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston, MA for 2-3 years. I currently teach music production to quite a few students at my home studio, doing in-home lessons, and teaching online - my current students range from teens to adults. Furthermore, I've had tracks which I have produced (in Ableton) selected by Berklee's Electronic Production & Design Dept. (EPD) to be played for internationally acclaimed sound designer/producer/composer Richard Devine, during his 2014 seminar at Berklee. I was also selected as a finalist for a remix competition at the 2nd International Csound Conference in 2013 (for another track I produced using Ableton).

I can show you many tools for sound design, composition, and live performance techniques.
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Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2005

Hi, my name is Josh Weinberg. I have over 10 years experience teaching drums & about 5 years experience teaching music production, & music theory (to all different ages). I have received an award from Berklee College of Music's Community Affairs Dept. for my teaching work in the Boston area (see photo). I graduated Berklee cum laude honors and w/ 2 degrees, Drum Performance & Electronic Production & Design. I teach a wide variety of techniques & cater each lesson plan to each student, to maximize our time together & help make the student the best musician he/she can be! I can travel to you for in-home lessons or you can come to my studio in Newton, which is a nice, isolated space where you won't be distracted by other lessons happening in the adjacent room like in some other studios/schools. In addition to teaching, I frequently performs with bands around the northeast U.S., & have performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Nona Hendryx, Simon Shaheen, & Richard Devine. In the past 6 years, I've performed in 8 countries - USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, & Ghana.

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Freelance Sound Designer/Producer
Feb 2011 - Present
Josh Weinberg Music

- Experienced with production and sound design in a wide variety of software/hardware systems including: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Max/MSP, Csound, Logic, Reason, Native Instruments Komplete, Tassman, TouchOSC, OSCulator, and much more.

Experience in the following areas:

- Developing UI & backend for interactive performance systems
- Software Synthesizer Design
- Electronic Music Production
- Orchestral Mock-ups
- Sound Design for Animation
- Remixing
- Original Compositions ranging from Deep House to Microtonal psytrance

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Private Drum Teacher
Jan 2005 - Present
Josh Weinberg Music

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years. I have worked with students of all ages. I have taken what I've learned from studying drums myself for over 12 years, with 6 different teachers and I formulate what I feel like is the best of the best lesson plans, which I custom make for each student, each lesson to provide the most growth and most positive experience possible.

If desired, I can teach out of several books - including Garwood Whaley - Musical Studies for Intermediate Snare Drummer, Charley Wilcoxon - The All-American Drummer: 150 Rudimental Solos, Charles Dowd - Funky Primer for the Rock Drummer, and Tommy Igoe - Groove Essentials 1.0+2.0

Or I can teach without any books as I have a wealth of knowledge in me!

I teach rudiments, hand+foot techniques, coordination exercises, grooves - stemming from rock to funk to jazz, bossa nova, samba, west african, and much more.

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Freelance Drummer/Percussionist
Jan 2003 - Present
Josh Weinberg Music

Experience performing with a variety of styles & bands ranging from pop, rock, funk, fusion, jazz, to afrobeat, brazilian, afro-cuban, hiphop, EDM, reggae, and more. Have played clubs, festivals, weddings, corporate events, ski resorts, television appearances, & more throughout U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, and Ghana.

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Drum Teacher
Feb 2017 - Jun 2017
Boston Public School Counseling & Intervention Center

I taught West African & Afro-Cuban percussion to children ages 11-18, these children come to this center when they are suspended from their normal schools and attend a program which is short-term (often staying only 1 or 2 weeks) and focuses on building developmentally appropriate decision-making skills and providing outlets for emotional & psychological pain, such as music.

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Electronic Production & Design Teacher's Assitant/Tutor
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Berklee College of Music

I tutored Berklee students, ages 18-22, in composition & sound design using Csound as well as tutoring in audio programming (using C & C#)

Drum/Percussion/Electronic Music Production Teacher
Jan 2011 - May 2014
West End House Boys and Girls Club

Taught Drumset, hand percussion, & Production/Sound Design, to kids ages 7-18, showing them the fun of music, as well as the discipline and focus needed for success. Taught concepts that will enable students to get accepted to Berklee College of Music, or another music school, and to be able to play music in a variety of professional settings.

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Drum Instructor
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Indian Hill Music School

Taught drums at a summer camp at this great music school located in Littleton, MA where I took piano and drum lessons for many years. Worked with students ages 5-18. Taught orchestra percussion as well as contemporary drumkit techniques/concepts.


Drum Performance as well as Electronic Production & Design
Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
Berklee College of Music
High School Diploma
Sep 2006 - May 2010
Littleton High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Outstanding Youth Advocate Award
Apr 2014
Berklee College of Music's President's Office of Education Outreach: Community Affairs and Campus Engagement


Boston Public Schools
Feb 2017

As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.

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Boys & Girls Club of America
Jan 2011

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Photos & Videos

My "Outstanding Youth Advocate" Award

My double degree diploma from Berklee College of Music.

My cover/gb (general business) band - Thunder Squad performing various pop songs.
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11 Reviews

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John Aug 29, 2018
Ableton · In home

Josh is always easy to be around and is able to form any lesson around what I wanted to do, as well as teach me loads of new ideas if I hadn’t planned anything. He has greatly helped improve my own production and give me insight into what professional producers do to set themselves apart. He’s great to work with and always in an uplifting mood.

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Chris Aug 21, 2018
Drum · In home

Josh is an awesome teacher. He is patient and supportive and always comes up with ways to connect me to the concept he’s teaching. I asked to learn drums “the right way” so we spend a ton of time on fundamental exercises that i suspect are boring for him but he never shows it. He is always upbeat and positive and I enjoy our lessons a lot. Could not recommend him more highly.

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Casey Oct 19, 2017
Drum · In studio

As always, Josh was patient and attentive during the entire lesson. The lessons are progressing well and my son is clearly enjoying it more and more. Thanks!

Dana Oct 13, 2017
Drum · In home

We were thrilled with Josh! Our son really enjoyed his lessons and improved significantly working with him for the last year. Josh is a motivational teacher - our son WANTED to practice each day and that is because of Josh's inspiration and modeling what it takes to be a great drummer. Our son gained both the confidence and ability to audition for an make it into 3 high school bands this year. He couldn't have done it without Josh. He's a terrific percussion teacher and a great guy!

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Jeff H. Oct 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

Josh is top notch, easy to work with and schedule with. Highly recommended.

Will Oct 2, 2017
Drum · In studio

Josh is the absolute most attentive music teacher any of my kids have ever had. He spoke with my son in a manner that was welcoming, understandable and patient! No temperament at all. He praised at the right times to encourage my son and quickly corrected issues. The lesson continued without breaks for the whole hour plus, but seemed like 15 minutes. I was incredibly impressed and also had a very entertaining time as I learned about drums in the process. Also, my son has ADHD. I thought my son would have trouble focusing. But with Josh's innate ability to work with him, the ADHD never was an issue. I would totally recommend Josh to anyone wanting to learn drums. Absolutely great session. Also, getting a sampling of his drumming skills was so very cool to see.

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David Jun 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

Josh is fantastic! He's dedicated, caring, and knows exactly how to foster our son's interest and adapt his style to his personality and strengths and weaknesses.

Romina May 12, 2016
Drum · In home

Josh is a great teacher! This is my very first approach to learning how to play an instrument and he goes over every concept very clearly and patiently. He also explains the technical background behind every concept and includes formal assignments for me to practice from one lesson to the other, which really helps optimize the time spent in the studio as well as speed up the learning curve. I would strongly recommend him to other students!

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Sean Apr 27, 2016
Ableton · In home

Josh helped me mix and master my first track and showed me step by step how to do so. He also showed me many different techniques in ableton to make my tracks unique.

Sean Apr 27, 2016
Ableton · In home

Josh helped me mix and master my first track and showed me step by step how to do so. He also showed me many different techniques in ableton to make my tracks unique.

Fred Apr 14, 2016
Drum · In studio

Josh is an amazing teacher! I'm taking both drum lessons and music production lessons from him and really enjoying each and every lesson! He really is very knowledgeable and his passion really comes through in his teaching! Taking lessons with Josh is a lot of fun & I'm closer to where I want to be with my musical goals each and every lesson!

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