Teacher Profile: Josh Gere

Josh Gere

Josh Gere

Instrument(s): Piano

City: Seattle

Seattle Pacific University

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About Josh Gere

Joshua Gere is a pianist and vocalist (tenor/baritone) from Redmond Washington. He is currently attending Seattle Pacific University and is pursuing a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in General Music. Josh is heavily involved in SPU's music department and performs regularly in their Piano Practicum's on Thursday mornings during the school year. He is also a member of SPU's Concert Choir and performs regularly with them throughout the year. During his freshman year, Josh was a member of SPU's piano ensemble--a group of 4 pianists who perform duets, 3-hand piano, and 4-hand piano (2 piano) pieces. Upon graduating, Josh hopes to take a year or two to pursue a Masters degree in either conducting or composition before he heads off to medical school.

When Josh was around the age of 7, his parents thought it would be a good idea to get him introduced to piano lessons. After only a couple sessions, both his teacher and parents observed that Josh had a very unique talent--he was able to sight read almost any music put in front of him, even though he still had a lot to learn. As the years progressed, Josh was primarily taught the piano through means of sight reading pop, contemporary, and jazz music, most of which a classical teacher would not regularly cycle through. This method of learning continued until his Junior year in high school when Josh switched piano teachers. However, his new teacher realized one very important thing about Josh--he hadn't learned any music theory. This was something all of his classmates who played piano were familiar with, and he would soon realize that his colleagues in college had known how to play scales, identify chords, and name intervals for most of their life. Luckily, Josh caught on to the idea of theory very rapidly; it became not only a part of his education, but an integral part of his life.

Throughout college, Josh has grown a very deep understanding of how much of an impact music has on the world, and this has inspired him to strive for great things in the pursuit of music. He hopes that--through his piano instruction--he can also ignite the same passion and desire he experienced at the end of high school, making him realize that he can accomplish many great things through harnessing the power of music. Josh has been playing piano for the past 14 years, and one of the most important things he learned--something he wishes to use in his lessons--is that loving music should come naturally, and that pursuing music should not merely be thought of as education, but also as a way of self-expression, stress relief, and joy.

Alongside piano, Josh is very passionate about the sciences, more specifically chemistry. He hopes to pursue research in organic chemistry as a part of his undergraduate experience, along with physical chemistry. Outside of school, Josh loves to go on hikes, play basketball, soccer, and spend afternoons with his friends and family. He has also been a DJ and music producer for the past 6-7 years and is currently involved in some unique projects. Josh is also preparing a concerto piece for a competition in January of 2020, hoping to get the chance to be a soloist amidst the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Orchestra.

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