Joshua Miller

Joshua M.

Eastpointe, MI

Lesson Details



Joshua delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2005

I studied music performance at Central Michigan University under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Spencer. There I focused on many aspects of music including music theory, ear training, composition, arranging, and most importantly performance. I've studied and performed countless percussion instruments, and currently teach and perform in the Detroit area.

For myself, music is not a choice. Music wakes me up in the morning, gets me through my day, and helps me wind down at night. Music keeps me organized and focused through goal setting and prioritizing. Music is how I communicate, without it, I'm speechless.

Now, for you, my potential student (or parent), music may play a different role in your life. It may be entertainment, it may be a social exercise, it may be family, it may be injury recovery, it may be therapy, it may even be that deeper calling that I spoke of previously. What music is for you, is not for me to say. However, through music, we will both develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, and in doing so, will better know what you are capable of achieving. We will learn to set goals, and to prioritize. We will build confidence through accomplishing these goals, and we will unlock potential that may have been otherwise untapped.

***First Lesson***
Our first lesson will be an informal meet and greet. You'll get to know me, and I'll get to know you. We'll talk more than we'll play in this first lesson because I want to really understand your goals, and what motivates you. We'll discuss some attendance policy stuff, some instrument stuff, and I'll let you know what books* we'll be working out of. What books* we use will be based completely on what you want to study (i.e. drum-set, marimba, composition, ear training, percussion, music theory, performance).

I use books to supplement the overall hands-on experience. Rather than reinvent the wheel by writing exercises by hand, we will rely on the many brilliant musicians that have come before us. You could play through a book on your own, I'm here to give you some perspective about what the book is meant to teach.

***Lesson Details***
These lessons are going to teach you talent. Despite what many people believe, talent is not something you either have or don't, it's something that develops over time. I was not always good at what I do, but through patience and perseverance I was able to increase my skill and my confidence.

These lessons are very freeform in that we may be discussing how to play a drum set beat one day, and we may be talking about how to play a shaker the next. The lessons you buy are yours, and they are what you want them to be. We will be setting goals, and learning to prioritize, but it will be goals based on what you are working on. I sometimes think of it as a "Study Hall" for music. If you ask more questions, you'll learn more things. If you practice a few hours a week, we'll be able to progress further and faster.

***On-Line Lessons***
I personally believe this is the future of private mentorship. The fact that you can chose from hundreds of qualified teachers from around the world is amazing, and I strongly believe it will change how society is educated in the future. The expectation is that you have a functional webcam, and some way of capturing audio. Be prepared to purchase a separate microphone and camera if we are doing full drum set lessons. Drum set can get tricky when it comes to sound quality, but be not afraid, I will guide you through the optimal microphone placement. Lessons are available through FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts.

Here are the peripherals I recommend:
Webcam - Logitech - C920 HD Pro Webcam ($99)
Microphone - Audio technica - atr2100 ($60)

***In-Home Lessons***
Nothing beats one-on-one personal training. In-home lessons allow us the luxury of On-Line lessons, with the added experience of having a live audience; me. If you are local to the Detroit area, and you have the necessary equipment already at home or nearby, I'll come to you for private training. Lessons that are done in person are ideal for marimba, timpani, xylophone, and I would encourage that they be arranged to take place at a local school or music shop. I do not provide equipment for in-home lessons, which is why I recommend getting a third party involved to supply the larger instruments. For those outside of the Detroit area, Online-Lessons are your best course of action.

***Why take lessons from me?***
I've been teaching music for over a decade, and I'm currently active in the music community. I embrace technology and utilize the amazing breakthroughs from recent years to create a lesson environment that is forward-thinking and streamlined. My experiences have given me the expertise to work with all students, whether they are young, refined with age, or in need of special accommodations. I pride myself on my patience, and I continually strive to better understand goal setting, prioritizing, and the motivating of others. My students learn life skills that are not taught in schools, and will be prepared for success in all that they pursue.

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Oct 2013 - Present
Huber and Breese Music

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Dec 2011 - Present

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Percussion Instructor
Aug 2009 - Aug 2012
Brighton High School

Directly following my experiences at Armada High School, I would travel across the state and work with Mr. Pethoud and his students from Brighton High School. My responsibilities included:
percussion instrument maintenance;
working with the drum line through warm-ups, cadences, and show music;
working with the entire band through field rehearsals and drill chart mapping;

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Percussion Instructor
Apr 2008 - Aug 2012
Anchor Bay High School

During my summers while I was getting my degree, I would teach the local drum line. At this job I would write marching warm-ups, audition students, write the show music for the percussionists, and rehearse with them throughout the summer. This is where I was able to hone my teaching skills to the level they are today.

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Percussion Instructor
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
Armada High School

For a few summers, I had the joy of working with Steve Loveday, and his amazing students at Armada High School. My responsibilities included:
percussion instrument maintenance;
working with the drum line through warm-ups, cadences, and show music;
working with the entire band through field rehearsals and drill chart mapping;
Acting as a cabin councilor for the week away at camp.

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Bachelor of Music Performance - Percussion Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2011
Central Michigan University.


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Grant G. Skomski and Mary Jane Flanagan Award
Jan 2010
Central Michigan University

Photos & Videos

Recording after work.

A Demo of me hitting some skins in the studio. (2014)
A performance from my Senior Recital at Central Michigan University (2011)
A performance of Seuyoshi's Mirage from my senior recital at CMU. (2011)
From my Senior recital at CMU (2011)

A photo from another Dharmapala Show (2012)
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6 Reviews

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Skyler C. Jun 19, 2014
Percussion · In studio

Josh was my drum line instructor during my last year of high school, and he was the only instructor I have ever had who has not only taught me how to improve my playing, but he's given me the fundamental blocks that I needed in order to improve my musicianship all around. He has had a great influence on my life, not just my music, and I would recommend him to any student at any level.

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Larry P. Jun 16, 2014
Percussion · In studio

I started working with Josh my first year at Anchor Bay High School and I can honestly say he was by far the best drum/percussion instructor I have ever worked with. Josh is easy-going and fun, but still gets you to your goals fast and efficiently. He is great to work with one-on-one and can help you with just about everything. He definitely knows what hes talking about and has the chops to back up anything he says. Josh can also write very good drum parts, better than any music book I have ever found. I have learned a lot over the years and I owe quite a bit of that to this guy right here, every time I talk to him I learn something new. Josh is just a great instructor overall and a very down to earth guy. I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone.

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jaci S. Jun 16, 2014
Drum ·

I had Josh as a Drumline instructor for 3 years. Honestly, there was no one better for the job. He made being on the drumline worth all of the hardwork and dedication because he made it fun and made us sound great. I cannot name a single person who dislikes him. I struggled playing throughout the first year but his patience made it possible for me to stay on the line. I know that if I were seeking for drum lessons, he would hands down be my first choice.
Also I have seen his band play a couple shows and the crowd was absolutely amazed by his drum skills. The rhythms and techniques he uses are groovin'.

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Melinda H. Jun 16, 2014
Percussion · In studio

Josh was my drum line instructor the last last two years of high school ('08-'10). You honestly couldn't ask for a better instructor. He made some of the hardest rhythms look so easy, and even had everyone else being able to do it in no time. Which having five bass drummers doing it together can be very challenging. Very patient with all his students and very personable. He gives you everything you could possibly need to succeed. I would highly recommend Josh!

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mary P. Jun 14, 2014
Drum · In studio

I started lessons with Josh in 7th grade and continued for years after. It was mainly just for drum lessons, but once he saw where my skills where and knew what my goals truly where it turned into so much more. He began teaching me better technique, musical theory, drum set, bells, piano, any goal I had my heart set on or ones I never taught I could even achieve. He became more then a teacher and more a mentor and friend. Learning from him was easy, fun, and the best learning experience. When Josh saw I still was struggling to understand something he would keep trying different ways until something stuck. And no matter what it always would. If you are looking for someone to have fun and learn all you can look no further. Josh is an amazing instructor and teacher.

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Alex B. Jun 14, 2014
Percussion · In studio

Josh was awesome to have as an instructor. He was my percussion instructor for marching band during my school's band camp one year. While there were many of us, he made sure to establish a personal relationship with all of us to enhance our learning experience. He was stern enough to keep us rowdy high schoolers in our place, but kind enough to allow room for learning. Josh also has a very infectious personality that keeps you going during a lesson. Thanks so much for everything, Josh!

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