Branching out as a classical pianist – Josh Straub
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When you are trained as a classical pianist, what different routes can you take to set yourself apart as an entrepreneur? In this podcast, Josh talks about his journey through classical music, and his work today. Josh received his doctorate in piano, and currently he works not only as a curriculum developer, but also as a teacher of group piano. His other passion includes composition for film. In this episode, we chat not only about his career but the restraints of studying classical piano at the university level and the needs to have a variety of skills as a musician.
Dr. Joshua Straub is currently a resident of Austin, TX where he enjoys a multifaceted musical career. Active at many state, regional, national, and international conferences, he has presented at numerous conferences worldwide. As an extension of his interest in the potential impact of music education, he co-wrote a paper with cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Kirsten Smayda and Dr. Ruby Chou which was the result of a ten-week group piano course for older adults aiming to scientifically test the ability for music to impact the brain. Joshua also founded Kraft group piano lessons, a program providing group piano lessons in a casual, relaxed environment, along with… beer!
Recently, Josh began composing and producing music and his collaborations with adventure photographer Ryan Deboodt have been featured by National Geographic, the Smithsonian website, and reached over a million people and one was recently selected for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City in October, 2019. In addition to his commitment to the traditional Western canon, Joshua also frequently performs and commissions works by living composers while also enjoying many popular genres. He has performed in cover bands and in the pit for musicals.
Joshua is an active member of MTNA and CMS, and is a former faculty member at Concordia University Texas and The University of Texas at Austin.