Joshua Jones

Joshua J.

Chicago, IL

About Joshua J.

Background check: Last verified 09/27/2016
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Joshua teaches: Ages 9 and up
Teaching since: June 2005
Last sign in: Within a month


I am an Orchestra Fellow of the Detroit Symphony 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.

*** 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. 

*** Travel 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

Photos and Videos

My documentary


Modern Dance Percussionist

Sep 2013 - Present
DePaul School of Music

Percussionist for a modern dance course at DePaul University instructed by Lin Batsheva Kahn

Substitute Percussionist

Jun 2012 - Present
Grant Park Symphony

Optional worker for hire at the Grant Park Symphony

Substitute Percussionist

Jun 2011 - Present
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Optional worker for hire at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Fellow

Sep 2014 - May 2016
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Acting Section Percussionist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 2014-2016 seasons

Assistant Director

Jun 2010 - Sep 2014
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group

Mentor/Instructor of students age 10-18. The program recruits students from third or fourth grade for free percussion lessons from the date of entry to high school graduation. They participate in at least two concerts per year and have at least 48 lesson weeks.

Substitute Percussionist

Apr 2010 - Apr 2013
Chicago Symphony Civic Orchestra

Optional worker for hire at the Chicago Symphony Civic Orchestra

Section Percussion

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
National Repertory Orchestra

Section percussionist for the National Repertory Orchestra summer festival

Substitute Percussion

Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Ars Viva Symphony

Optional worker for hire at the Ars Viva Symphony


Orchestra Fellowship Program

Sep 2014 - Present
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

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency



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


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.

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

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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4 Reviews on Joshua J.

Paulo Nov 28, 2016
Percussion · Online
Verified Student
craig W. May 14, 2015
Xylophone · In studio
Verified Student
excellent instructor. patient, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and non-judgmental. what more can you ask for...?
Alex T. Mar 27, 2015
Drum · Online
Verified Student
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!!
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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