Joshua Abbott Salazar
La Vergne, TN
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Joshua Abbott Salazar

Joshua A.

La Vergne, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.

Hi there! My name is Josh, and I'd love to be your guitar teacher! I've been playing guitar since I was eight, starting out playing rock and roll, then focusing on classical training for my college career. In both undergraduate and graduate school, I studied classical composition as a classical guitarist, covering repertoire spanning from the Renaissance through modern solo and ensemble guitar works, and completed a thesis on Bossa Nova music in modern composition. My repertoire today covers a broad range of music, from the lute suites of Bach to the modern Bossa of Marco Pereira, and from the classic rock of Eagles to the modern hard rock and metal of Avenged Sevenfold.

In my previous position at Vanderbilt, I taught music technology classes, and was involved in the occasional performance with other faculty members as a classical guitarist. Outside of that, I run a small mixing studio called Tango Sound Studios. I'm also an avid 3D printing enthusiast and lover of indie sci-fi books.

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Ashlyn
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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
Marco
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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
Casey
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I never thought I'd study classical guitar, but Mr Josh showed me how important it is to have a good foundation to build from. Highly recommended!

Posted Jul 9, 2021
Leeann
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Great player and even better teacher! I didn't even know how to string my guitar when I started. Josh was patient and taught me everything I wanted to learn and more!

Posted Jul 9, 2021
Andrea
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My son Jake wanted to learn some Boston songs that my husband always plays, and Josh was the perfect teacher for him! Jake had been playing 2 years when we found Josh. I was impressed by his ability to make stuff like technique and scales fun for students. Highly recommend!

Posted Jan 14, 2020
Scott
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My middle son took an interest in classical guitar and Josh was perfect to get him going. We bought the books recommended by Josh which gave my son the basics. Josh follows the pace of the student and was flexible when teaching from books.

Posted Jan 14, 2020
Julie
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I wanted to learn more than just the basic chords and Josh was a great teacher! He explains things in a way that's easy to understand. I took guitar lessons when I was little and he helped me to build on what I already knew. He also encouraged me to pick songs I wanted to learn rather than stick to a book. Scheduling was easy and he's really responsive to messages.

Posted Jan 13, 2020

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Experience

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

Education

Master of Music
Aug 2013 - May 2015

Belmont University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2009 - May 2013

Belmont University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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