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Joshua C. Hasken
BA Instrumental Performance: Jazz Guitar,
  Columbia College Chicago, 2009
MMEd, VanderCook College of Music, 2013

Background and Credentials

Joshua Hasken is a student at VanderCook College of Music working towards a Master of Music Education degree with Illinois State Teaching Certification. His primary instrument is Jazz Guitar, but will be studying all instruments and learning how to teach music classes in band, general music  and instrumental music areas. His hope is to one day to teach children at the elementary and middle school levels.  In addition to studying at VanderCook, Joshua teaches private guitar, bass, and drum lessons at a studio in Elmwood Park, IL. 

Joshua grew up in Freeport, Illinois (Northwest), where he learned to love music from his first guitar instructor, John Hartman. His high school band director, Mr. Petersen, was his next biggest inspiration, who encouraged him with solos, traveling show choir bands, and the opportunity to play in the District Jazz Festival.

Joshua is currently a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society, as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity
. Has attended the Michigan Music Educators Association annual conference and the Midwest Clinic. Joshua will complete his MMEd degree with certification in the Fall of 2013. View his complete resume here.

About VanderCook College of Music

VanderCook College of Music is the only degree-granting institution in the United States solely dedicated to music teacher education. The mission of the college is to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the preparation of teachers in instrumental, choral, and general music disciplines. Its broad-based curriculum is designed to prepare teachers with strong character, skill in the process of teaching, and respect for the essential role of music in our culture.

Teaching Philosophy

1. Share knowledge and facilitate understanding. Promote learning with enthusiasm for what you love. Be the best at what you do so you can easily transfer your skills to others.

2. Plan ahead and develop attainable goals for long and short term. Clearly outline how to achieve these goals through daily instruction and the steps needed to make your students successful.

3. Create a safe and supportive learning environment. Affirmation goes a long way. Discipline is one of the most important things in classroom management. .

4. Every student has the right to learn. Challenge all students with differentiated teaching techniques. Teachers may need to appeal to Kinesthetic, Aural, and Visual learners and abilities across the spectrum.

5.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.