Ensemble Teaching

As my primary focus as a musician is chamber music,  then teaching chamber music to players of all ages is something I am equally passionate about. It is a challenging enough for one to study a score and try to understand the essence of a composer's conception and expression as an individual, but to take part in an unconducted ensemble and come up with a compelling, balanced, and unified interpretation is one of the biggest challenges a team of musicians can have. I have coached chamber music ensembles ranging in age and level from junior high school kids to college/conservatory students, pre-professional players, and amateur chamber players who range in age from late 20's to mid 80's. Regardless of age and level, I encourage every group to dig into the score with insight and understanding of each person's role at any given moment, and play every part with the appropriate sound to capture the right character. Even if not all students have a background in music theory, I encourage them to use their ears and intuition to understand how the harmonic and rhythmic journey of every work becomes a listening adventure for the audience. Along with my work teaching chamber music at Brandeis University, I have also coached at the Apple Hill Center For Chamber Music, Bowdoin Music Festival, Wellesley Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center, Kinhaven Music School's Adult Chamber Music Workshop, New York Youth Symphony's chamber music program, SummerTrios, and given master classes for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Colgate University, Longy School Preparatory Studies Division, and the Tucson Junior Strings.

If you represent a music department or program and would be interested in having me give a chamber music master class, use the Contact me form for any further enquiries.

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 Joshua Gordon and the Tucson Junior Strings after master class

Joshua Gordon and the Tucson Junior Strings after master class