Teaching

Joshua Peckins

Joshua is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory Prep School and Extension Division.  He holds a private studio in Arlington, MA.

The general atmosphere in the studio is of excitement, joy and respect for the music, and a strong motivation to make substantial progress.  Students learn correct and natural playing techniques, explore a variety of repertoire and interpretation skills, and adopt effective practice strategies and performance preparation techniques.  Regular studio classes and recitals give students frequent performance opportunities and create a strong sense of community within the studio.  A new website of teaching videos lets students maximize lesson time and review key concepts at home.  Enrichment projects and access to the studio library expand on the work done in private lessons.

Advanced students are welcome, as well as serious intermediate players who want to learn the fundamentals correctly and thoroughly.  Joshua has taught conservatory level students and performing professionals in Europe, as well as beginners, children and adults.  His students have been accepted into the Peabody Conservatory, the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna, and MIT.  He has been invited to give pedagogical workshops and lectures in Japan, and has teaching experience both locally (Boston area) and in Austria (Vienna, 2009-2012).  Joshua’s students participate in top orchestra and chamber music programs at NEC Prep, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Rivers, Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and BYSO.  Students have come from the United States, Japan, England, Israel, Canada, Poland, Korea, Iran, China, and India.  If you are interested in taking private lessons with Joshua, or learning more, please send him an email via the contact link to arrange a first meeting/audition.

Joshua encourages students always to reach for the highest possible musical standards, while also working on the personal aspects of violin study – such as patience, non-judgmental self awareness, concentration and discipline – that both make those musical goals possible and enrich the student’s whole life.  Students will work on long-term progress, repertoire building, overcoming technical obstacles, audition preparation, musicality and artistry, performance skills, music theory, history and solfege – of course, based on the needs of the individual.

Joshua has extensive performance experience ranging from Jordan Hall, Boston to Crystal Hall, Asahikawa, Japan, and holds degrees from the University of Music of Vienna (PostGrad), Yale University School of Music (MM), and the New England Conservatory (BM).  Please click the about link for a detailed biography.

Instruction is possible in English, German and French.

More information is available in the Studio FAQ.