Joshua Stewart has been performing professionally as a pianist and teaching for over 30 years! Audiences love Josh because he can play songs from any decade and he is a master of all styles of music from Jazz and Blues to Pop and Rock. Sometimes people will even request Hip-Hop at his piano shows!
Studying With George Shearing
As a young pianist, Joshua was invited to a master class with famous jazz pianist George Shearing at Westminster College in Utah. After he formed a band with his three brothers, Joshua moved to Los Angeles and gained a large following performing in numerous rock, jazz and blues clubs. “We were performing alongside world-famous artists like Tom Scott, Robbin Ford, Richard Elliot, and Billy Vera,” Joshua recalls. “It was a really exciting time for live music in LA.”
Film scoring, Making Movies and Painting
More recently, Josh has branched out by scoring music for films “Glutton for Punishment” and “She Lives By Night,” which received worldwide distribution. In addition to his passion for music, Joshua makes movies and films and is also portrait artist.
As a recording session player for brother Isaiah Stewart, a worldwide contemporary jazz artist, Joshua’s keyboard solos have been featured on songs downloaded by more than half a million people across the world. “The global exposure has been amazing, and I’ve received e-mails from listeners throughout Europe, Asia, and South America,” Joshua says.
Jazz Improv & Musical Theater Teacher
Joshua has taught musical theater at the University of Utah for several years and was musical director for several productions at Kingsbury Hall. He has also taught jazz improvisation to students at the University of Utah, Weber, and Westminster Colleges
Joshua believes that music is much more than a skill to be learned. It is a doorway to express an individual’s unique creative essence. (Yes he actually talks like that!) He believes that each step in advancing a student’s skills should be fun and inspiring.
Josh takes a different teaching strategy with each student. After working with them for a few lessons he finds some students learn better using visual cues, others might be more analytical, and some might just want a basic lesson curriculum. He encourages each student to select songs they enjoy and loves sharing his knowledge of music history as a means of building historical appreciation.
As a jazz musician Joshua recognizes the art of improvisation in his teaching style as much as his playing style.
“The greatest asset of any instructor is in overseeing their student’s progress and saving them from wasting time and effort in achieving their goals.”