Dr. Joshua Straub is currently a resident of Austin, TX where he recently completed his doctorate in piano performance at the Butler School of Music. His classical training took him to festivals in California, Austria, and Italy, followed by one year in Antwerp, Belgium where he completed a post-graduate diploma at the Artesis Hogeschool.
In addition to his commitment to the traditional Western canon, Joshua also frequently performs and commissions works by living composers. He has premiered and recorded several new works that have been broadcast on public and internet radio. Performances include appearances at The Clutch Concert Series, Gamma UT, and the Fast Forward Austin, EARS (Electroacoustic Recital Series). Works in these concerts ranged from Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich, to a multidisciplinary collaboration with composer Kay He that features video and electronic tape along with the piano.
Josh is a passionate educator and enjoys teaching group piano as well as private lessons. A presenter at many state, regional, national, and international conferences, his demonstrations have brought him into contact with some of the most influential, up-and-coming educators from around the world. He recently co-wrote a paper with cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Kirsten Smayda and music educator Ruby Chou detailing many of the benefits of learning piano in a group setting. This paper is the result of a ten-week group piano class for older adults aiming to scientifically test the ability for music to impact the brain. Dr. Smayda's and doctoral candidate Ruby Chou's upcoming dissertations will also explore these benefits and will be made available for reading upon publication. Dr. Straub is passionate about bringing music to people of all ages and backgrounds and making music lessons accessible and approachable while incorporating his diverse musical background.
Recently, Josh began composing music and is venturing into music production, along with his classical interests. His collaboration with photographer Ryan Deboodt was featured on the Smithsonian website. The pair have been working on a new project and plan on releasing videos in the upcoming months.
Dr. Joshua Straub
Director of Beerthoven Kraft