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Joshua A.
La Vergne, Tennessee
Learn to play in a variety of genres from an expert teacher with 15+ years experience!
To me, learning any instrument is about balancing the exercises with the fun material that makes you want to keep playing. I am a technique-focused teacher insofar as making sure any student of mine is avoiding bad and sometimes unhealthy habits in their playing. I do, however, try to find fun ways to work on technique, with the end goal being playing repertoire that is fun for the student. I believe technical exercises have their place in learning any instrument, but that it's important to spend the majority of your practice time on material which is ultimately enjoyable to play. I do have certain sets of books I like to follow depending on the student's interests and age, but I am always happy to tweak the lesson plan to fit the student's needs. I also tend to supplement whichever books I'm using with material of my own, to make sure we're also covering important topics such as music theory and maybe a bit of relevant music history in the process.
About Joshua A.

Hello! My name is Josh, I'm a music & technology specialist, and I'd love to be your new teacher! I graduated with a Master's in Music (with focuses in composition and classical guitar) from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. All throughout school, though, I was always keeping up with programming as a side gig and (let's be honest) a fallback plan. I've been both playing music and programming since I was eight years old, and to this day, music and coding are my two biggest passions! That curious combination led to a five year stint teaching music technology courses at Vanderbilt University, involving everything from traditional classical music study to programming synthesizers. I also occasionally contributed to faculty concerts with classical guitar. When that stint ended, I decided to turn my attention to private lessons once again, so here we are! Today, I consider myself an expert in three things: guitar, digital signal processing, and Python! In particular, I'm a classically trained guitarist and composer, although I've also played lots of rock, metal, and lately, jazz. When it comes to DSP, I can teach you all about how to create new, unique sounds with Pure Data, including creating brand new synthesizers from scratch. With Python, I'm most comfortable in video game development. I can, of course, cover the business side of things too, but making video games is my real passion in the world of coding. I love teaching students of all ages about any (or all) of the subjects I love. I believe nobody should feel limited to practicing a single skill or hobby, so I'd love to teach you a new skill today! Hope to teach you soon!

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Teaching since 2011

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Master of Music

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Joshua A.
La Vergne, Tennessee
Learn to play in a variety of genres from an expert teacher with 15+ years experience!
To me, learning any instrument is about balancing the exercises with the fun material that makes you want to keep playing. I am a technique-focused teacher insofar as making sure any student of mine is avoiding bad and sometimes unhealthy habits in their playing. I do, however, try to find fun ways to work on technique, with the end goal being playing repertoire that is fun for the student. I believe technical exercises have their place in learning any instrument, but that it's important to spend the majority of your practice time on material which is ultimately enjoyable to play. I do have certain sets of books I like to follow depending on the student's interests and age, but I am always happy to tweak the lesson plan to fit the student's needs. I also tend to supplement whichever books I'm using with material of my own, to make sure we're also covering important topics such as music theory and maybe a bit of relevant music history in the process.
About Joshua A.

Hello! My name is Josh, I'm a music & technology specialist, and I'd love to be your new teacher! I graduated with a Master's in Music (with focuses in composition and classical guitar) from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. All throughout school, though, I was always keeping up with programming as a side gig and (let's be honest) a fallback plan. I've been both playing music and programming since I was eight years old, and to this day, music and coding are my two biggest passions! That curious combination led to a five year stint teaching music technology courses at Vanderbilt University, involving everything from traditional classical music study to programming synthesizers. I also occasionally contributed to faculty concerts with classical guitar. When that stint ended, I decided to turn my attention to private lessons once again, so here we are! Today, I consider myself an expert in three things: guitar, digital signal processing, and Python! In particular, I'm a classically trained guitarist and composer, although I've also played lots of rock, metal, and lately, jazz. When it comes to DSP, I can teach you all about how to create new, unique sounds with Pure Data, including creating brand new synthesizers from scratch. With Python, I'm most comfortable in video game development. I can, of course, cover the business side of things too, but making video games is my real passion in the world of coding. I love teaching students of all ages about any (or all) of the subjects I love. I believe nobody should feel limited to practicing a single skill or hobby, so I'd love to teach you a new skill today! Hope to teach you soon!

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

Education

Master of Music

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Joshua has helped me become a better guitar player by showing me how I can work towards my goals, and giving me exercises, information and musical practice that makes my goals attainable. Joshua is a student-directed teacher, and he has worked with me to focus on my areas of interest (songwriting and fingerstyle/chord work). He is willing to answer questions, responsive to ideas, and able to explain difficult concepts. I've learned things that will help me improve my guitar playing for years. Thank you, Joshua.

Posted Dec 1, 2021
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I was self taught when I started taking lessons, Josh helped me fix some bad habits that helped me push my playing to the next level!

Posted Sep 14, 2021
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I grew up on bossa, and wanted to learn how to play it. I had played guitar for years but mostly rock and folk. Josh was able to take what I knew and teach me how to play bossa music.

Posted Jul 20, 2021
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Adjunct Instructor in Music
Jun 2016 - Jun 2021
Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
Responsibilities included teaching courses in computer music notation, recording, mixing, and digital signal processing, as well as maintaining and repairing music classroom computers and hardware
Private Music Teacher
Aug 2014 - Aug 2016
Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy
Responsibilities included teaching private guitar, piano, and percussion lessons (both classical and contemporary), as well as directing an instrumental ensemble for Summer and Christmas recitals
Master of Music
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Belmont University
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Belmont University
English
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Instructor details
Guitar
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Carter House Dr
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$25
45 minutes
$38
60 minutes
$50
90 minutes
$75
120 minutes
$100
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30