Josh Graham

Percussion Faculty
Mallet Instruments
Drum Set
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

M.M. University of Michigan - Percussion Performance

B.M. Central Michigan University - Percussion Performance

Additional Study at the Aspen Music Festival and Northwestern University

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I enjoy meeting students where they are and exploring how they want to grow, regardless of their level of experience. I love to work with percussion students on building a "total percussion" approach, working on snare drum, drum set, keyboard percussion, timpani, accessory instruments, and hand percussion. I know these areas all inform one another and help to build a fully developed musician and percussionist.

Awards and achievements: 

Recent performances have brought Mr. Graham to Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Eastman School of Music, the Chicago Duo Piano Festival, Constellation, the Poetry Foundation of Chicago, and universities throughout the country.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Percussionist in the trio F-PLUS

Program director and percussionist for the Zafa Collective

Adjunct faculty at Triton College and Roosevelt University

Performs nationally as a chamber musician and soloist. Member of the Percussive Arts Society and Chamber Music America

Favorite practice tip: 

Go slowly and be patient with yourself! Practice mindfully and remember that practicing is about improving what needs improvement and not just playing what you already know.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

My career revolves around performing works by living composers and commissioning new works. I love playing (and especially premiering) new works by friends. In the past year, I've gotten to collaborate with the following composers on new pieces: Thomas Kotcheff, Anna Meadors, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Nathan Hudson, Sean Calhoun, and José Arellano.