Josh believes that learning to play an instrument and express oneself through music should be a positive and rewarding experience that builds valuable and broadly-applicable skills. As a teacher, he emphasizes the development of technical foundation, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, stylistic discernment, and the ability to work independently. He teaches viola and violin students of all ages ranging from beginner-advanced levels. Lessons with Josh last 30, 45, or 60 minutes depending on the student’s individual goals.
In addition to private teaching, Josh is also passionate about using music to create and strengthen communities. In 2016 he started the Music for Meals project to help provide meals for people with life-threatening illnesses. As part of this project he created engaging presentations at K-12 public schools in St. Paul and western Minnesota. He has also developed educational solo and chamber music performances at grade schools and universities throughout Rochester, New York, including a weekly workshop designed to enable elementary school music students from diverse backgrounds to experience the expressive potential of music. Josh has also performed in family concerts for young audiences as part of the Madeline Island Music Festival and as a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra, as well as in side-by-side orchestra rehearsals and concerts with young musicians from programs such as the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra in Minnesota.
Josh is a Teaching Artist at Boston’s Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program and also at the Brookline Public Schools.
Please feel free to contact Josh for more information!