Joshua Peckins’ students have been accepted into the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Schulich School of Music at McGill, and MIT. Former students are currently pursuing successful performance careers in the United States, Canada, England, and Austria.
Mr. Peckins is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory Prep School and Extension Division. He also holds a private studio in Arlington, MA.
At the New England Conservatory, in addition to his private studio at the Prep School, Mr. Peckins has coached the Philharmonia violins (the upper-class and graduate school college orchestra), was appointed 1st violin coach of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (the Prep’s top orchestra), and has led several chamber groups to Jordan Hall honors performances and other off-campus honors performances.
The general atmosphere in Mr. Peckins’ 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.
Embracing technology and innovation in teaching, Mr. Peckins has created a new website of teaching videos, which lets students maximize lesson time and review key concepts at home. Every student also receives an online lesson notebook, allowing students easy access to assignments, practice instructions, and lesson notes. Special enrichment projects and access to the studio library of books and recordings 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. Mr. Peckins has taught conservatory level students and performing professionals in Europe, as well as beginners, children and adults. 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). His students participate in top orchestra and chamber music programs at NEC Prep, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Rivers, Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and BYSO. His private students have come from the United States, Japan, England, Israel, Canada, Poland, Korea, Ireland, Iran, China, and India.
Mr. Peckins 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 Peckins 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 performance bio link for a detailed biography.
Instruction is possible in English, German and French.
If you are interested in taking private lessons with Mr. Peckins, or learning more, please send him an email via the contact link to arrange a first meeting/audition.
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