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Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
June 2005

I am the Principal Percussionist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. I received my percussion education first from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Percussion Scholarship Program. I received my Bachelor of Percussion Performance at DePaul School of Music, and did Master studies at Carnegie Mellon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very fun overall and am looking to teach as much as the student is willing to work to learn. A beginner will learn how to read time signatures, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes, play at least a page long snare drum solo and perform a double stroke roll and other rudiments. 

*** Equipment ***
I would like the student to have a Remo practice pad and stand or comparable, a pair of Vic Firth SD1 Sticks or comparable, a music stand and an inexpensive metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Orchestral (Snare Drum, Xylophone, Timpani, etc), Drumset, African Drumming (Talking Drum, Djembe, Kalimba) Brazilian Pandeiro, Frame Drum, Latin Percussion, Audition Preparation and Music/Performance Philosophy

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Principal Percussionist
Sep 2017 - Present
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Percussion section leader.

Endorsed Artist
Jun 2017 - Present
Blackswamp Percussion


Percussion Performance
Sep 2017 - Present
Carnegie Mellon University
Orchestra Fellowship Program
Sep 2017 - Present
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Fellowship Program
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Artist Diploma
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
Cleveland Institute of Music
Percussion Performance
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
DePaul School of Music
Percussion Performance
Jun 2002 - Sep 2010
Percussion Scholarship Program
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Principal Percussionist
Sep 2017
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Oct 2016
National Symphony Orchestra
May 2016
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Apr 2015
Cleveland Orchestra
Nov 2014
Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestral Fellow
Mar 2014
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Fellow Finalist
Mar 2013
Pittsburgh Symphony
Section Percussion
Apr 2012
National Repertory Orchestra
Alternate Section Percussion
Apr 2012
Pacific Music Festival
Orchestra Fellow Finalist
Mar 2012
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Nov 2009
From the Top
Young Artists Scholarship
Jun 2007
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Women's Association


National Honors Society
Mar 2012

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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American Federation of Musicians
Jun 2011

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Golden Key International Honor Society
Apr 2011

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 2010

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

Cross Corners Performance
My documentary
Tambourine Tips
Practice Tips
Performing for children in Detroit
Three former students performing Trio Per Uno.
Photo by Josh J.

Photo by Josh J.

Photo by Josh J.
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4 Reviews

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Paulo Nov 28, 2016
Percussion · Online

craig W. May 14, 2015
Xylophone · In studio

excellent instructor. patient, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and non-judgmental. what more can you ask for...?

Alex T. Mar 27, 2015
Drum · Online

Joshua genuinely cares about how I'm progressing and learning. The way he has broken down the basics so that I can get a better understanding of the drums is something no other teacher has done. He has an innate feel for what it is that you need to improve. Even after a few lessons , I see a great difference and my approach has changed, for the better. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is excellent!!

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george H. Feb 3, 2015
Percussion · In studio

My daughter was lucky enough to learn from Joshua when he was an assistant director for the Percussion Scholarship Group in Chicago. Joshua is an amazingly talented musician, and he constantly displayed his passion for teaching and imparting his knowledge to anyone at any time. He has an incredible rapport with young students and has my full recommendation.
George Hemesath, Admin Officer, Chicago Police Department

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