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Joshua A.
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Study music composition from an expert with a Master's Degree in Composition!
Note: I very strongly suggest sending a message before booking to make sure I can meet your needs in your lessons! To me, learning to compose is a balance between pushing the boundaries of what you're comfortable writing and ensuring you're still writing music that you're proud of at the end of the day. I'm a big proponent of having a strong theory foundation. However, having a solid background in music theory is like having a well-stocked toolbox: the tools aren't going to build the house by themselves! It's still up to you to take those tools and create something with them! I do have a few books I'm partial to if the student wants to work from a book specifically, but in general I try to cater every lesson to the student's specific goals. Different people want to write different kinds of music, and I am happy to explore whatever genre you're interested in writing!
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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Arrangement and Composition
Teaches 4 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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Josh has been so great teaching my 13 year old son! He looked forward to every class and ended up with a project that he really loves.

Posted Sep 30, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Josh is hands down the best! I've taken lessons from several different teachers, but he took the time to get to know my level and what I needed to get to the next. He is kind and compassionate about his work and enjoys sharing his knowledge and gift with his students. I highly recommend him as a teacher. Can't wait to learn more!

Posted Sep 26, 2022
Teacher's Studio

I've never played an instrument before and I am older, but Josh was patient and very easy to learn from. I loved taking classes from him! He is very knowledgeable and clearly enjoys teaching others. I highly recommend him whether you are new like me, or need to hone your skills!

Posted Sep 26, 2022
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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
Arrangement and Composition
Teaches 4 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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
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