Joshua has been a musician for over twelve years and been a teacher for five. He is an award winning composer, critical thinker, and an honest teacher. Joshua has a high standards for his students and himself. Joshua has studied Suzuki method under Dr. Paula Bird for four years and has taught over 100 students. He performed his official Suzuki training under Dr. Laurie Scott. Joshua also teaches at the Texas State String Project under the direction of Dr. Ames Asbell and Dr. Karla Hamelin. He has done so since it's inception.
Joshua is an award winning composer and has composed over 80 pieces, ranging in style from classical symphony to electronic dance. He has also arranged hundreds of works for violin and piano.
*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a relaxed person with a strict teaching style. I have two critical expectations for my students.
1: I expect my students to practice everyday, with time depending on age. (10 minutes a day for 5 year old's, 20 minutes for 10 year old's, etc.) No exceptions. Lessons are a place for me to teach you, not a place to watch you practice.
2: I expect parents to participate in every lesson. You are the teacher 6 days a week, I'm only get to teach them one.
If everyone understands my expectations, students will grow and learn quickly, and have a great time doing it!
I develop a lesson plan depending on each students strengths, weaknesses, talents, and personality. No one student is identical to the next, so none will be taught the same, but everyone will follow a similar pattern.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons with full keyboard. Stands, couches, and a small library of sheet music.
*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style instruction for violin technique. For songwriting and performance I focus on the analysis of music to find a middle ground of emotional expression and theory. Once that middle ground is found we explore what music means to the student, and how they can use it as a tool of expression.
My job as a teacher is to teach in a classroom setting and instruct students privately. I construct a lesson plan each week and give the students the best possible instruction while allowing them to play with their peers. I also prepare them for multiple performances each semester.
· Violin · In studio I've been playing the violin self-taught for about two years because my first experience with a violin teacher went horribly. So after two years I figured I'd try again.
I was on Reverb Lessons for 6 months, and it was a complete nightmare. The most highly rated teacher they provided didn't seem like he was teaching me anything at all. Most of our lesson were music theory, which was helpful, but I would only play the violin the last 5 mins of the two hour lessons. He kept telling me, "i didn't have it in me to be a violinist" and he told me to play piano instead. Well it turned out he didn't even play the violin!
Completely despondent, I was getting angry that I
might not progress in the violin (which I was madly in love with) but dispite my bitterness I decided to try to find a teacher again.
I've only had three lesson with Josh and I can't articulate how much better I've gotten. He's calm and collective, and gives me exactly the advice I need in order to get better. He's an attentive listener, and responds accordingly. I enjoy his lessons; they are the perfect balance of stern and nurturing. I'm excited to see how I progress as the lessons continue, and I'm thankful that I FINALLY found a good violin instructor
· Violin · In studio Great experience for a first time violin lesson
· Violin · In home Joshua has been doing a great job. My nephew is autistic and Joshua has worked very well with him. He's patient and finds the best solutions for him to learn, and keep focused, on his lessons. Thank you Joshua!
· Piano · In home Great instructor. Makes my son to really think and is very patient. I highly recommend him.
· Violin · To the point
No beating around the bushes, Directly to the point about what is wrong and how it needs to be fixed. Willing to be flexible. they are good quality affordable lessons for any age.