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.