Josiah Baker

Josiah B.

Norman, OK
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere between teacher and student that promotes the optimal mindset for the student to progress, and to believe in themself.

Technique-wise, there will be lots of work on intonation, tone production, and accuracy of rhythms!

Musically, I like to ask the student for their own ideas, and offer my input afterwards. Music is an expressive art, and the teacher's job is to help the student best express themselves.

I tend to let students play everything that they have practiced for me before making comments. Using my tablet, I notate all ideas and corrections on a pdf version of your music, and email the pdf to you after the lesson.

About Josiah B.

I am currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Oklahoma, where I am on fellowship as a violinist in the resident graduate string quartet, the Crouse Quartet. In addition, I serve as co-concertmaster of the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Regarding the teaching sphere, I am a studio Teaching Assistant for Dr. Gregory Lee at OU, and I also teach MUNM (Music For Non-Majors) courses at the university.

Previously, I earned a Performer's Certificate at the University of Wyoming, where I served as concertmaster of the UW Symphony Orchestra and the UW Chamber Orchestra.

I have advanced to the national finals in the MTNA Young Artist solo competition twice, and been guest soloist with the Northwest College Symphony Orchestra. During my time in Wyoming, I performed in the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as a fully contracted section violin, and in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra as an alternate violin.

For four years, I taught for the University of Wyoming String Project, where I served as a private violin and viola teacher to elementary, middle, and high school students in the Laramie, Wyoming school system. Currently, I serve as both a beginning/intermediate orchestra conductor and a private teacher mentor for the Sooner String Project at OU. My students have won leadership positions in their school and string project orchestras, as well as the distinction of All-State Orchestra.

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Kerstin
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Posted May 14, 2019
Judith A.
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My grand-daughter who is 11 yrs old is very happy! This is her first lesson and I am very please with what I am hearing.

Excellent teacher

Posted Mar 12, 2019
Jonathan T.
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good lesson, but some problems with sound/internet

Posted Dec 1, 2018
Jonathan T.
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very good teacher

Posted Nov 10, 2018
Lakshmi A.
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NIce teaching

Posted Sep 30, 2018
Kerstin
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Posted Sep 20, 2018
Jonathan T.
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great lesson again

Posted Sep 16, 2018
Jonathan T.
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good teacher, great lesson

Posted Sep 2, 2018
Jonathan T.
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great teacher

Posted Aug 21, 2018
Jonathan T.
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another great lesson with progress

Posted Aug 13, 2018
Jonathan T.
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good lesson and progress is continuing

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Jonathan T.
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good lesson

Posted Jul 7, 2018
Jonathan T.
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good lesson and progress is being made in my playing

Posted Jun 30, 2018
Shelby H.
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Fantastic teacher

Posted Jun 30, 2018
Jonathan T.
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great teacher

Posted Jun 23, 2018
Jonathan T.
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good lesson and very helpful

Posted Jun 16, 2018
Jonathan T.
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good lesson with positive results

Posted Jun 2, 2018
Nita A.
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Posted Mar 27, 2018
Alastair
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I am very impressed! My son is not easy to reign in and I really felt like he got valuable instruction in just one lesson. Looking forward to his next one!

Posted Sep 27, 2017
Lynn
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I like studying with Josiah. He's good.

Posted Aug 19, 2017
Oliver A.
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Great instructor

Posted Aug 14, 2017
Binbin P.
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learned a lot today

Posted Jun 28, 2017
Daniel
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Josiah is an amazing teacher! As someone who has never even picked up an instrument before and trying to learn the violin, he took a lot of hard to understand concepts and made it to where even someone like me was able to get it and feel confident every time I picked up the violin to practice. I always look forward to our lessons! In terms of teaching style, he is able to remain professional while still keeping the atmosphere light and keeps the lesson fun and productive at all times! I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning to hone their skills with the violin or just to pick it up for the first time!

Posted May 4, 2017
Ana R.
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Posted Apr 29, 2017
Nita A.
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Posted Apr 28, 2017
Amy M.
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Posted Apr 25, 2017
Garrett A.
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Josiah is good at showing you how to fix things that you are having trouble in a nice way. He is very knowledgeable and fun to work with.

Posted Apr 12, 2017
Susan G.
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Very nice!

Posted Mar 14, 2017
Aretha F.
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This was my first lesson with Josiah and he did a fantastic job. I love his teaching style. He played each section and then asked me to repeat what he played. He also is teaching me how to read the string/finger and the notes. Looking forward to our next lesson.





































































































My first lesson with Josiah was great. He took time to play each part of the song before I did, in order for me to get the sound and rymth of the song.

Posted Mar 13, 2017
Hudson H.
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My son finished the lesson so happy and so excited for the next lesson. Couldn't ask for more.

Posted Feb 4, 2017
Elizabeth H.
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Posted Feb 3, 2017

Experience

Crouse String Quartet
Aug 2017 - Present

University of Oklahoma

I play in the graduate fellowship string quartet at the University of Oklahoma.

Violin and Ensemble Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present

Sooner Strings Program

I teach private lessons and conduct a beginning/intermediate youth orchestra in the Oklahoma City metro through the University of Oklahoma Sooner String Project. I also serve as a teacher mentor for the newer teachers in our program.

Violin Teacher
Aug 2013 - Aug 2017

University of Wyoming String Project

I taught violin to elementary, middle, and high-school students for the University of Wyoming String Project.

Education

Master of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2017 - Present

University of Oklahoma

Graduate Performer's Certificate in Violin
Aug 2015 - May 2017

University of Wyoming

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2011 - May 2015

University of Wyoming

Awards

Provost's Certificate in Teaching Award
Dec 2018

University of Oklahoma

Finalist in Concerto Competition, Graduate Division
Nov 2018

University of Oklahoma

National Semi-Finalist, Young Artist Competition
Mar 2017

Music Teachers National Association

National Semi-Finalist, Young Artist Competition
Mar 2016

Music Teachers National Association

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