My passion for teaching goes well beyond the scope of music and extends to the personal development and growth of each student. This approach, directly influenced by my experience working with children with developmental disabilities, demands thoughtfulness, customizing a vision that best fits the needs and skill set of the individual.
Over the past decade I have taught students ranging any age from pre-K to working adults, and skill levels ranging from new beginners to seasoned veterans. Students can expect to have lessons that are structured around their personal musical goals and interests.
Raised in Southern California and Colorado, my love for music became apparent at the age of 8 when I taught myself how to play drums by ear after Sunday church service. During my time at Woodbridge High School, I immersed himself in music by joining the drum line, jazz band, and world-champion percussion ensemble.
After graduating high school in 2010, I was admitted to The Berklee School of Music and The California Institute of Arts, however I chose not to attend, instead opting to continue my teaching and performing career in San Diego. In 2016 I was admitted to UCLA where I received my B.A. in Sociology in 2018. Shortly after, I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where I continue to teach and perform music.
Very good and very patient. But not so good that he books up and we lose our time slot (j/k). Our 6 year old, obnoxious, kiddo started lessons and has really had a blast. We have other kids that play different instruments and we have had all sorts of teachers. Joshua is not Suzuki strict, but relies on parents and students to be honest and forthcoming. Very flexible in terms of scheduling. Also, helped us set up a new drum set. Each lesson is a blast and as a parent, I am learning new things each time....yes I take notes....Suzuki trained parent. Talent wise, Joshua has played a few times and a parent can only hope that the student becomes the teacher. So far so good...overall highly recommend. By the way, no compensation provided for this review. Just want to support Joshua.
Great teacher. Patient and gave me good insight on how to improve my playing. His ideas and lesson break down were easily digestible. Josh definitely helped me become more comfortable on the kit. I'm just bummed he's no longer in San Diego to teach!
Josh is a great instructor and focuses on a solid foundation of the fundamentals in performance, reading, and analysis. The biggest thing of all, though, is that learning is made to be fun because if you're not having fun, you're not going to want to do it and, especially, practice. Our son has no problem being motivated to practice what he's learned in class.
Josh is an excellent teacher! He is very professional, uber patient and he makes every lesson fun! He paid extra attention to correct my bad habits as a beginner. I wished I had more lessons with him before he moved to SF.
The first trial lesson is always free, no charge (~30 mins); this lesson is used to assess the musical goals, interests, and ability of new students. By the end of the lesson, we should have a good understanding of how to structure lessons going forward.
In grade school, Joshua’s commitment and knowledge in music continued to grow through his immersion in honors ensembles, wind ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, local garage bands, and a percussion ensemble with two international titles (Woodbridge Percussion Ensemble). In the years following, Joshua has been an active musician in the San Diego/Southern California area where he could be found performing in various styles and settings: jazz, rock, pop, hip-hop, Funk/Soul/R&B, Christian/praise music, Latin American (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean), electronic/EDM, Broadway, marching, orchestral, and avant-garde. He currently resides and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Private Studio Lessons:
Studio lessons take place in my home studio located in the Excelsior District in San Francisco. Free First Lesson!
30 minutes: Monthly Lessons for $140($35 per lesson)
45 minutes: Monthly Lessons for $180 ($45 per lesson)
60 minutes: Monthly Lessons for $240 ($60 per lesson)
Private Home Lessons:
Private lessons can be arranged to be held weekly at the comfort of the student's home. If you don't have a drum set, I can bring my own! (prices and availability may be subject to change depending on driving distance)
45 minutes: Monthly Lessons for $220 ($55 per lesson)
60 minutes: Monthly Lessons for $280 ($70 per lesson)
Reduced Drum Lessons:
To make music more accessible, I offer reduced fees for those who can provide proof of financial assistance -- Medi-Cal, EBT.
30 minutes: Monthly Lessons for $60 ($15 per lesson)
I got started senior year of High School (09-10) teaching a couple of freshmen who were in drum line and percussion ensemble with me!
I've worked with students of all ages and abilities including pre-K, teens, children with developmental disabilities, and grown adults!
Look for a teacher who is able to perform and play a variety of musical styles and genres. Many drummers and musicians are 'one trick ponies' when it comes to teaching and performing.
What are your long-term musical goals and musical interests? Why do you want to learn the drums?