Joshua Hey
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Joshua H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hello! I'm a pianist, composer, and teacher living in Philadelphia. I'm passionate about helping students amplify their innate musical voice, instilling the fundamentals of musicianship along the way. I strive to create a fun, productive environment with lessons tailored to each students' goals and abilities, and I have years of experience teaching both privately and at the university level. With degrees in music from the University of Pennsylvania and Eastman School of Music, I look forward to bringing my expertise to your lessons, whether you're looking to improve as a pianist, songwriter, composer, or your all-around musicianship.

About Joshua H.

I’ve been a composer for nearly 15 years, and a pianist for over 20. My music has been played by professional and university ensembles from Los Angeles to New York and Paris to Helsinki. I’m also an experienced teacher who has taught both in university classrooms and privately.

I’m a flexible, enthusiastic teacher who prides myself on being organized, patient, encouraging, and offering a hands-on teaching style. My students have had a range of successful outcomes: from being admitted as a composition major at their desired university to an entire class of non-music-readers learning to harmonically analyze music in a semester’s time.

I believe in a multifaceted approach to musical learning. That means, for example, that composition involves understanding how to become a better listener, a key to developing your own style. For pianists, I believe composition is tool that improves active listening, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and interpretive abilities, not to mention just fun.

I teach:
- Composition (classical, pop, rock, jazz, experimental)
- Songwriting
- Piano
- Music theory/analysis
- Note-reading
- DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations like Logic Pro and Ableton Live)
- Music Production
- Ear training and musicianship
- Notation software
- College prep

All levels and ages are welcome. If you’re studying piano, composition, or theory, I recommend that you have a piano or MIDI keyboard at home to practice on. I look forward to crafting music with you!

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Education

PhD, Music Composition
Aug 2013 - Dec 2019

University of Pennsylvania

MA, Music Composition
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Eastman School of Music

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