Josh Weinberg is a Boston based drummer, producer, & music educator who has over ten (10) years experience teaching music to all ages. In addition to teaching privately over the past 10 years, Josh was the recipient of the Outstanding Youth Advocate Award from Berklee College of Music's Community Outreach Dept. his work at the West End House Boys & Girls Club (in Allston, MA) for 4 years of excellence in music education. He has also taught at the Boston Public Schools' Counseling and Intervention Center (in Roslindale, MA), and Indian Hill Music School (in Littleton, MA). Josh graduated Berklee with cum laude honors with 2 degrees - Drum Performance and Electronic Production & Design. In addition to teaching, Josh frequently performs with bands nationally as well as internationally and has performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Nona Hendryx, Simon Shaheen, & Richard Devine. Between 2012-2018, Josh has performed in 9 countries - USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Ghana, & Turkey.
Josh Weinberg is a caring & thoughtful teacher who finds great joy out of seeing students grow through music and passing on his passion for music. Each student is given a custom plan to help maximize lessons and to make each student the best musician he/she can be.
I find it truly rewarding seeing someone who knows very little to nothing about drumming or digital music production learning the skills, techinques, and concepts I show and becoming proficient musicians. There's little else that brings me such joy as passing on my love and passion for music, specifically drumming and production, to others, hoping they will get a joy and fullfilment out of it, a sense of fullfilment I believe playing/creating music can only give.
Josh is always easy to be around and is able to form any lesson around what I wanted to do, as well as teach me loads of new ideas if I hadn’t planned anything. He has greatly helped improve my own production and give me insight into what professional producers do to set themselves apart. He’s great to work with and always in an uplifting mood.
Josh is a wonderful teacher, he is always energizing and engaging, my son enjoys and look forward to his lessons every week, and he is learning solid technique with Josh, expanding his styles along the way, Josh is so versatile he is capable of teaching any style with ease, we are thrilled with our son’s progress! Josh is always punctual, in case of exceptions, he always communicate in advance, there are detailed notes written on manuscript so there is no confusion as to what to practice for that week. He also communicate with the parents about the lesson each week, we really appreciate the fact that Josh is also a super talented and accomplished performing and recording artist, his insight into stage presence and music production put his teaching on another level, I am sure his expertise will enrich and help prepare my son’s musical career further! Thank you Josh for being such a dedicated and wonderful teacher!
Josh is a fantastic teacher and seriously impressive drummer who knows an incredible amount about music theory and is able to teach it in an interesting way. He mixes important technique basics with song playing for a really awesome and fun yet still educational experience. Learning from Josh is awesome because he himself is a passionate drummer and musician who actually performs live frequently. I myself had no drumming experience before coming to Josh but he would also be a great teacher for experienced drummers looking to take their drumming and performing to the next level.
Josh is extremely patient and is happy to work at whatever pace I set. I asked to learn drums “the right way” so we spend a lot of time on fundamentals and lying down a good skill base which I appreciate. But he always leaves time to work on whatever song I’m working on as well. Awesome dude and could not recommend him more highly.
In terms of teaching, I like to first get a sense of the student’s and parent’s (where applicable) goals for the lessons. In addition, I like to know what type of music the student likes and what previous musical background he/she has. I then work on building/refining the foundation of technique as well as playing musical examples to keep things fun and moving in a positive direction.
I took 5 years of piano lessons from age 7-12 at Indian Hill Music School, have taken 11 years of drum lessons (pretty much consistently on a weekly basis), and then went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music with cum laude honors and with two (2) degrees - one in Drum Performance the other in Electronic Production & Design. I also was trained in music education/as a music teacher at Indian Hill Music School (in Littleton, MA), The West End House Boys & Girls Club (in Allston, MA), & the Boston Public Schools' Counseling & Intervention Center in Roslindale, MA.
For teaching: 1/2 hour lesson: $30 45min lesson: $45 1-hour lesson: $50 2-hour lessons (applicable for music production lessons): $90 *There is a travel fee for in-home lessons (based on specific location) Package deals are also available! Save 5, 10, or 15% from purchasing packages of 5, 10, or 15 lessons respectively!
I started playing piano when I was 7 years old as both my parents are amateur musicians and thought learning piano/music is an important part of life and human/child development. Then given my high energy, a constant need to keep rhythm, and after seeing a few concerts, I had a great desire to learn drums so I began drum lessons. I had a few friends at school that played guitar, sang, and played bass and subsequently formed a band. I remember getting handed my first $20 or $30 from a concert we played and thought I wanted to keep playing music professionally for the rest of my life, and haven’t looked back since. Around this same time, some of my friends who saw me playing wanted to learn as well so I started teaching them and have found lots of enjoyment in watching students progress and grow through music ever since.
For teaching, I have worked with many types of customers from a large array of all different ages, genders, and races.
A recent teaching project I am fond of was working with a high school student, before he moved away to go to college. I taught him for 2 years and saw tremendous growth and development in not just his playing, but his overall life through his focus on the drums. It’s a teaching experience like this which is what I love about teaching and keeps me hopeful about the next generation of musicians.
Be sure the teacher is an active performer in addition to being a teacher. Usually the best teachers (and musicians) are actively performing as well as teaching. The reason(s) why a teacher is not an active performer usually means they are not a very good musician to start with, or not very good with people, both of which are why you want to be sure to hire someone such as myself, who is actively performing AND teaching!
- What styles of music are of interest to learn?
- What credentials/awards does the teacher have?
- What are the short-term and/or long-term goals for the lessons?