Josh Mills is a Guitar Teacher at Gray School of Music
Master of Music, S.M.U.
Josh Mills has been teaching since 2009. He teaches all guitar styles as well as ukulele.
His goal is to create an environment for students that showcases the fun of playing music. Over the course of his teaching experience, he learned that the most important aspect of teaching is to follow a student’s passions. Most students want to learn music written by pop stars and rock stars, so he began to transcribe songs by popular artists like The Beatles, Coldplay, Zac Brown Band, Michael Jackson, and Taylor Swift. Transcribing country, rock, and pop songs provides an opportunity to discuss larger theoretical topics like the difference between harmony and melody, different types of music notation, form, and improvisation. Even though he transcribes songs by request for all of his students, Mr. Mills uses these transcriptions alongside a standard curriculum. While it is crucial that students learn the formal aspects of music, it should be based in a personal connection rather than academic expectations.
In October of 2014, he started a blog dedicated to his teaching approach at www.joshmillsmusic.com.
Throughout the duration of his pedagogical interests, Josh has attended Collin College, The University of San Antonio, and Southern Methodist University. Due to this, it has deepened his understanding of music and performing guitar.
Initially a self-taught electric and acoustic guitarist, he has devoted his time to learning several styles of music. Those include jazz, blues, rock, metal, and classical. Josh incorporates all of these styles into his teaching.
As a recipient of academic scholarships and institutional grants, Mr. Mills has taken the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Jason Vieaux, Berta Rojas, Ricardo Cobo, Gabriel Bianco, and Bill Kanengiser.
In 2013, Mr. Mills graduated from UTSA with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. In 2016, Mr. Mills graduated with a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from Southern Methodist University.
“ It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” —Albert Einstein
Comments : “Josh was great tutor to my kids. My kids randomly picked up the Electric Guitar and Ukulele and we just went with the flow and were fortunate to land up with Josh at Gray School of Music.
Josh came across as an experienced and dedicated teacher. His calm and open style meant that we could bring our own ideas as well and it was fun to be following the journey that the kids took with Josh. It was fulfilling experience to see them play all kinds of songs from classical english music to western pop to Indian pop. Josh was also open enough to listen to the boys’ digital musical experiments and incorporate them into the lessons and render unique recitals on those lines, which led to more satisfaction and fun for the boys.
Thanks to Josh for the setting the musical foundation for the kids and hopefully the kids continue to play and hone their skills. Recently we had to move to another part of the city and we are missing Josh already!”