Joshua Friedman
Brighton, MA
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Joshua F.

Brighton, MA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In classical piano lessons we can explore works the great works of the classical composers. My favorites are Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy. I am always happy to assign repertoire but welcome students bringing in a piece they'd like to learn.

About Joshua F.

Hi! I'm Josh. I'm a passionate music educator based in Brighton, MA.

I have been teaching lessons for nearly fifteen years to students of all ages and experiences, in person and online. I specialize in piano and vocal composition and performance. While my training is rooted in classical and jazz, I am deeply interested and experienced in all styles and genres.

As an instructor I am driven to help my students achieve their goals through realistic, structured, and most importantly, FUN lessons. Whether we are preparing an audition piece for college, rediscovering an old hobby, or at the beginning of our musical journey, I look forward to working with you, wherever you are. Lessons can be exploratory, rigorous, relaxed... the sky is the limit :-)

A little more about me:

I am a gigging musician, songwriter, producer, band-member and band leader... basically, I eat/breathe/sleep music. My background is pretty eclectic. I took classical piano lessons from childhood through college. I began composing early as well, first at the piano and then in bands, a capella groups, Jewish liturgical repertoire... again, eclectic!

I have had instructors and mentors at Washington University, Boston University, and Berklee College of Music, but my greatest influence has been the community of musicians in Boston. There is no greater training than being in a wedding band watching the singer switch seamlessly from Sinatra to Motown to Lady Gaga; or starting to play a set with a seven piece experimental progressive rock band completely improvised (first, to eight of your friends in Jamaica Plain, later to an audience of hundreds in Switzerland).

In college, while I continued my musical studies with rigorous contemporary classical theory and composition classes by day and acrobatic, mind-melting prog rock bands by night, I also received a degree in psychology. My musical journey has, and will, always revolve around collaboration and community. Working with folks one on one, finding what motivates us, and exploring music together has been the culmination of my love for psychology and music.

So. What do we do in lessons?

- Learn your favorite songs, pieces, any genre, any style
- Write your own music
- Learn music by ear
- Learn how to read music
- Learn how to record/produce a record
- Anything you want. Really! Anything.

I would love to explore music with you! Please feel free to check out my performances in the videos below and message me if you have any questions before booking.

- Josh

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digital Piano, synthesizers, guitars, digital audio workstation, various recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano and voice students must provide piano/keyboard.


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57 Reviews
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I had the best time taking voice lessons with Josh! I always felt like he was able to meet me where I was and allow me to learn at the pace that made sense for me, while also pushing me a bit where it made sense. I was able to grow as a vocalist without even really realizing it, because I was having so much fun!

Posted May 3, 2021
Josh and Niki B.
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Josh has been teaching our son (14 years old) piano and voice for over a year. He is an exceptional teacher and musician. Our son is really into musical theater and pop music. Josh has done an amazing job getting him playing and singing the music he loves quickly and successfully. He incorporates vocal and piano technique, music theory, and style into the context of pieces of music our son is motivated to learn, practice, and perform. Josh is incredibly smart and personable. He relates well to our son and has built a strong, trusting teacher-student relationship with him. We have also hired Josh to perform at family events for us. He was incredibly talented and professional. We cannot recommend Josh highly enough. He is fantastic!

Posted May 28, 2020
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Josh has been teaching our two kids piano, mixture of classical and popular, for about four years now. At this point one of our kids is 13 and the other 11. He's a wonderful, inspiring, enthusiastic and all round excellent piano teacher. Our kids are very different, and the younger one, our daughter, is slower to catch on. Josh is incredibly patient, and keeps her engaged. In the case of our son, he mixes classical with popular, and picks up on songs my son enjoys, to keep the lessons interesting. Josh typically would come to our home to teach two back-to-back lessons. More recently he has gone remote/online. In either setting he's just spectacular. We recommend him highly . . . and have recommended him to friends all of whom feel similarly about him as we do. He's also a really nice guy, and a pleasure to have in the house. He's also helped us with entertainment at a family function. Get in touch with Josh, you won't be sorry.

Posted May 18, 2020
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Josh has taught my kids the fundamentals of playing the piano. My son had to stop piano lessons because he was overcommitted, but my daughter continues to work with him every week. Both kids have received important technical skills from him. But far more important than that, they have been inspired by him and have gained a love for music from him. Anyone can teach skills; Josh teaches how to love the art and craft. His passion is contagious. He teaches with joy and generosity. We started with Josh in person, but we, along with everyone, had to transition online. I was worried about it at first, but I can honestly say that his passion comes through the Zoom and my daughter still loves her lessons. I can't recommend him highly enough.

Posted May 15, 2020
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Josh is all in all a great singing teacher. He has an excellent ear and hears very small details in your singing tone, and provides creative ways to improve your technique. It's clear that he truly cares about his students - he has a lot of patience and he's enthusiastic about teaching the styles and songs that appeals to you. You can't go wrong with Josh.

Posted May 14, 2020
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I used to think of piano lessons as something my parents forced me to do, but that changed when Josh became my teacher. He always bases our lessons on what I'm interested in doing. After years of memorizing classical pieces, Josh's lessons are a refreshing opportunity to be creative with music. He is an incredibly skilled musician and can help me with just about anything, whether it's using my ear to figure out how to play Britney Spears, or how to convey emotion through Moonlight Sonata. He cares about his students and always finds time to ask how we are doing. Whether you are looking for intensive lessons or just something fun and casual to do, Josh is great.

Posted May 14, 2020
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Josh is an incredibly versatile musician and teacher. He understands the individual's source of desire to learn and meets them at the right place - remaining flexible to explore all of the many facets of music creation from writing to performance to production. His approach is about the joy of making music, as it should be!

Posted May 14, 2020
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Josh is the absolute best. He is incredibly smart and gifted. He is patient and persistent and always sets goals for his students to reach. He is truly amazing. Couldn’t recommend more highly.

Posted May 13, 2020
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You know how when you look back at your childhood and adolescence you remember a handful of teachers who really changed your life? Josh is, all on his own, at least three of them: the wildly engaging one whose enthusiasm for the material is contagious, the unfailingly patient one who gives you confidence to try something new, the endlessly creative one who can turn a spark of interest into a whole fireworks show. We often joke that we're going to make him sit down and list out all the things he knows so we can hire him to teach them, one by one, to our son. And what's crazy is that all of the magic that is Josh in person--which is really quite a lot of magic--somehow comes across in virtual lessons too. Absolutely the best music teacher we've encountered in cumulative decades of classes, and one of the best teachers, period. So yeah, he's pretty great.

Posted May 13, 2020
Anna Thornton
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Josh has been an amazing instructor for my daughter. She has learned a lot about composition, piano and music theory. We highly recommend him.

Posted May 13, 2020
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If you're considering taking music lessons, now is the time, and Josh is your guy! I've taken music lessons with a number of instructors in the past, and they've each had their own unique approach to both music and teaching. Working with Josh was the first time that I felt like my music education was a collaborative partnership. Josh was open to meshing my prior musical experience with his expertise and teaching style, and allowed me to choose the direction and pace of my progress while providing the structure and support I need as an adult learner. Whether it's online or in-person, I can't recommend studying with Josh highly enough!

Posted May 13, 2020
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I've been a student of Josh's for many years now and I still find myself excited for our weekly lessons. He is such a great teacher and is very adaptive to the way my sisters and I learn. You should try to get time with him! I promise you'll enjoy it and learn such interesting things.

Posted May 13, 2020
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Great instructor, very knowledgeable.

Posted Mar 29, 2020
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I have been taking piano lessons with Josh for about 5 years and have learned so much even though I played an instrument when I was young. Josh is very knowledgeable and easy to work with! I recommend him to anyone of any age and experience level!

Posted Mar 13, 2020
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Josh is a great teacher! He is very focused on his students and really helped me get the most out of my voice during the time I studied with him. Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 12, 2020
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My 15 year old son is primarily a songwriter and guitar player. He wanted some singing lessons just so he can feel more confident as a vocalist. Joshua has been very pleasant, fairly flexible in terms of scheduling, and has delivered on that confidence. We recommend him!

Posted Apr 7, 2019
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Posted Oct 4, 2018
Bryce B.
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This was awesome! I am excited for my next lesson!

Posted Jan 3, 2018
Eyyup A.
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I wanted to improve myself on my piano skills and I choose Joshua to teach me online. He is a really great teacher and also very kind. I can write a lot about how great person and a professional he is but I want to make this short; he is the one of the best.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Maya K.
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Josh is a great fit for my daughter, who is interested in singing mainly pop music. She's been really enjoying her lessons.

Posted Sep 20, 2016
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Great experience. Very helpful.

Posted Sep 10, 2016
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Great first lesson. Instructor is clearly very experienced and took time to get to know my background, my goals, and test my basic skills to start to outline my curriculum. Studio was well set up, I felt very comfortable and look forward to continuing my lessons.

Posted Aug 11, 2016
Katie L.
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Josh is awesome! He is so patient and definitely has a unique way of bonding with my daughter - so she listens! Incredible!

Posted Apr 18, 2016
Matt Connolly
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I alway look forward to my lessons with Josh. He is very personable and enthusiastic in his teaching methods and very understanding of one's learning level.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Dan J.
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Josh is a great teacher, a good combination of song learning and technical skill work. In many cases the technical aspects we're working on are being used in the song itself and it brings a nice level of practicality to things.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
Lauren Koppelman
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Very encouraging, prompt, easy to work with. I'm looking forward to our next session and will likely purchase a block of hour-long sessions next time.

Posted Feb 26, 2016
Jack Kieffer
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Fantastic experience thus far

Posted Nov 18, 2015
Eric Townson
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I'm 53 and play guitar pretty well but have only focused on singing in the last few months. Things weren't coming together like I wanted and I decided to take lessons. Josh has been fantastic to work with. He brings lots of enthusiasm even when working with a rank novice like me. I also appreciate how he has tailored his approach to focus on my individual goals.

Posted Oct 1, 2015
James W.
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I took piano lessons with Josh for several months in my home, and it was a really great experience. I have a significant classical background, and was taking lessons to learn more about jazz theory and performance. Josh has a tremendous knowledge of music theory and is also an excellent performer to boot. I made a ton of progress in a short amount of time, and I would definitely highly recommend Josh as a teacher!

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Sophie L.
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First lesson. Josh obviously immediately established a good rapport with my 5-year-old daughter. Have great expectations toward the future sessions.

Posted Sep 22, 2015
John M.
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My first lesson with Joshua could not have gone better. He is extremely easy to work with, a super nice guy, and a great teacher. He took some time to get to know me before jumping into the lesson and I really feel that was an amazing and unique thing to do, he truly cares about his students.

Joshua has the whole package. I came into this just wanting singing lessons, but he is also going to help me with songwriting and performance techniques, which are both things I truly want as well as the singing lessons.

I can't wait until next time!

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Steven S.
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Josh was an OUTSTANDING piano teacher for our son. Not only does he have amazing musical talent, he is amazing with kids. Josh's way with kids is that he makes them feel comfortable, meets them where they are at, and also makes the whole experience super fun for the kids. Josh was able to really motivate Jared to love the lessons, and even do his practice. I was a little unsure about just finding a teacher on this site, but Josh really exceeded my expectations. I cannot imagine a better piano teacher for our son. We moved and hence it it going to be hard to find someone that is even half as good.

Posted Aug 31, 2015
Harrison C.
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Josh is great! He kept my child engaged and made him excited about piano and singing. Now he practices piano everyday and asks when is his next lesson. Thanks Josh!

Posted Aug 21, 2015
Samantha W.
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Josh was great! He was knowledgeable and very easy to get along with.

Posted Jun 17, 2015
Gina V.
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I started taking piano lessons with Josh a year ago and I am happy to say it is a great experience! Josh is an amazing teacher. He is only focused on what his student want and build his lessons around that to further their growth. Josh is flexible with scheduling lessons and is accommodating when lessons need to be changed or cancelled. He is overall a fun, interactive, and patient teach. I highly recommend him!

Posted Feb 15, 2015
Sue Anne W.
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I had weekly lessons on introductory singing (warmup exercises, singing pop songs and choir songs, and reading music sheet) for 4 months.

Enjoyable, flexibility in learning what I wanted to learn, and building on what I practice at home = best instructor ever.

Posted Feb 9, 2015
Alison Z.
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Wow! No music instructor connected as closely as Josh did with my 13-year-old son. Josh met him on his own terms, using the music that my son likes rather than dragging him through other kinds. And did I mention that he's, all in all, is a great guy? If you want an easy going, yet energetic, coach who can motivate his student, you've hit on the right coach!

Posted Feb 5, 2015
Cheryl D.
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Joshua is fantastic! He is clear with his instructions, he is patient and he is fun as well! I am learning a lot from him and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience.

Posted Nov 22, 2014
Laurie C.
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Three Reasons to take lessons from Josh:
1. He's a musical genius. Seriously, the man knows his stuff.
2. Hes a fabulous teacher. Whatever your learning style, learning preference, difficulties, etc. he has an approach that will help make you into a better musician and performer. He wants to teach you WHATEVER it is you want to learn about music and performance, not just the basics-he wants to find out how music engages you personally, which is a rare and really cool thing.
3. He works at your pace. you can work on improving your skills as slow (or as fast) as you want.

Basically, Josh is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of technical skill and talent in addition to a great deal of compassion and patience making him everything a person could really ask for in a teacher. I recommend him whole heartedly!

Posted Nov 6, 2014
Zain C.
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Josh is one of the most patient vocal coaches I've worked with. He really takes the time to get to know your voice and the style of music you're aiming to sing. Highly recommend giving him a try. It's worth it.

Posted Oct 24, 2014
Uriel S.
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I challenged Josh with a specific goal: to learn how to sing a cover specific song with playback for a surprise proposal to my girlfriend. I took 5 lessons within which he taught me some voice warm-ups, gracefully insisted on catching the right key, on correct breathing and on stressing the right vowels. Gradually, I as I was practicing with his instruction in mind, I noticed myself improving.
I feel that his comments and modifications made a considerable impact on my performance, and this was an integral part of the success to my surprise.

I highly recommend Josh as a singing teacher!

Posted Oct 10, 2014
Nate H.
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Josh is a great instructor, he knows his stuff and is great with explaining concepts in layman's terms for someone like me who is just getting started with piano.

Along with being a great instructor, he is good company in general, which makes the lessons a lot more fun though they do tend to go by too quickly.

All in all, unless you're boring and without a sense of humor, I'd highly recommend choosing Josh as your instructor. You'll definitely get your money's worth.

Posted Oct 7, 2014
Sarah H.
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We had a great experience with Josh, who gave our 12 yr old daughter piano lessons for about 10 months. He was very flexible and willing to create a lesson plan that worked well for her so she remained engaged. He also had a great deal of patience, yet was also very persistent in helping her master certain concepts. I would definitely recommend him to others.

Posted Oct 6, 2014
Mariana D.
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After years of wanting to learn the piano, but not having the time to do so, I finally decided to give it a try. Josh is an amazing teacher who takes the time to get to know you and how you learn best. We worked at a pace that was both comfortable and challenging, and made me look forward to each lesson.

I would recommend Josh to anyone who is looking for a teacher that is patient, fun, and that tailors the lessons to your goals and skill level.

Posted Sep 14, 2014
Gail E.
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My daughter really enjoyed taking lessons with Josh. He was super approachable and understood that she was tired of playing classical music and ready for a change. She looked forward to her lesson each week and practiced more because she was engaged by her teacher. We'd highly recommend Josh!

Posted Jun 10, 2014
Allen A.
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Josh is an awesome teacher. My piano skills have improved by leaps and bounds since I started taking lessons with him. When people here me play they can't believe I've only played for a couple months. Josh is a great musician, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to sing or play piano (or both)!

Posted Jun 1, 2014
Laith M.
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I had been singing for a few years before meeting Josh and he is by far my favorite singing teacher. Not only has he helped me find my own sound and style but his unique take on teaching has made me a better singer, songwriter and overall musician. He also prepared me for my Berklee audition in the winter and I got in because of all his help and advice. Amazing teacher, I highly recommend him to students of all ages, whether you're just starting out or need help songwriting he is definitely the man for that!

Posted May 21, 2014
Luyao L.
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Learning piano with Josh has been an amazing experience!

I learned rigorous classical piano playing for 10 years growing up, but I was never able to find fun in it that I end up giving it up in high school. Beginning of this year, I decided to give it another try, and wanted to learn popular music and music theory as a change.

It was very fortunate that I found Josh. He is a very talented musician as well as a great teacher - a unique rare combo. He always tailors his teaching to my level and learning speed, teaches in a very interactive way with lots of examples, balances the pace of each lesson nicely between reviewing past material and stretch the learning horizon with new materials, and his love and passion in music come through and it is infectious. He also is very humble and curious and constantly seek feedback and new ideas to improve his teaching.

Now instead of dragging my feet to piano lessons, I actually practice daily at home and look forward to each weekend piano lesson with Josh. I'm so glad I found him as my teacher and would highly recommend anyone who'd like to learn music and have a ton of fun in the process!

Posted May 19, 2014
Nina P.

Wonderful teacher! I would highly recommend Josh!

Josh is truly a great teacher. I took piano lessons with him, and I have to say that he is always encouraging, and his teaching style let's you grow at whatever pace you feel comfortable. He is incredibly talented and so friendly! If I had the money, I would take lessons from him multiple times a week. I had a background of voice lessons, and he really helped me to learn how to translate my knowledge of voice into my practice of the piano. He is passionate, full of talent, and flexible with his schedule.

You will enjoy every lesson you have with Josh!

Posted Apr 21, 2014
Alexa R.

Best voice teacher ever!

I have had so much fun working with Josh this year in voice lessons! He creates such a positive, energetic, and nonjudgemental atmosphere, and I look forward to lessons every week. He is always so thoughtful in his feedback, and has been able to work with me on achieving my personal singing goals. I have been so lucky to be Josh's student and anyone who takes lessons from him will not be disappointed!

Posted Feb 24, 2014
Tom W.

Exactly what you're looking for

I highly recommend taking lessons with Josh. As a young professional who always had an interest in music but never pursued it, I found Josh to be the perfect teacher. He got to know me and found out what my personal musical goals were. Then he adapted lessons to fit both my (beginner) skill level and my taste in music. He has a wealth of knowledge and can incorporate theory into the lessons to whatever detail you may desire which I personally enjoyed. He also was very adept at recognizing where I was having trouble and helping me work through those areas.

I found his own musical talent to be extremely inspiring and even attended some of his concerts. His skill and dedication to music definitely helps him in being the effective teacher that he is.

The environment of his lessons is relaxed and comfortable and he was always available to contact and willing to help if I had questions between lessons.

If you're looking for a piano teacher, look no further. Josh is the best.

Posted Jan 8, 2014
Austin M.

Once in a while….

You meet someone with extreme talent. Maybe its natural, maybe its through thousands of hours of practice and dedication. With Josh, its both. This man knows what he is talking about, from the basics of how to properly place your hands on the piano, to the advanced music theory that makes everything work, he knows his stuff. My only regret is being a broke 20 something because the 8 weeks we worked together I went from novice, with almost no musical history, to someone who has the tools and confidence to continue my musical education on my own.

Id like to thank Josh for his time and patience, it really helped out, so much so that my family took notice of my interest and bought me two books full of sheet music for Christmas!

If you don't feel like reading all that above jazz then just read this:

Posted Dec 28, 2013
Yosef G.

Josh has a very flexible teaching style and a wide range of musical knowledge so he can teach you to play the way you always wanted.

I've taken piano lessons with Josh for over a year, and it's the most fun I've had learning an instrument. He's a great teacher, and can teach theory while still keeping the lessons fun and applicable. He's fun to be around, and I would highly recommend Josh as a teacher if you're looking to learn piano while having a good time!

Posted Apr 2, 2013
Lindsee R.

Not your average piano teacher.

I've been taking lessons with josh for 2 months. His relaxed style and flexibility create such a welcoming environment that I forget my usual self-conciousness. He's attentive and focuses on what his student's interests and needs are, which, as an adult learner, is far more useful for getting all the new information it to stick than the rigidity of yore.

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