Title: Instrumental Music Teacher
Company: Independent School District 196
Location: Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
Joshua Becker, Instrumental Music Teacher at Independent School District 196, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music instruction and performance.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Music Education in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Dr. Becker followed with a Master of Music in orchestral performance in 2012 from Rice University in Houston. He continued his education with a Doctor of Musical Arts in trombone performance and literature in 2015 from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York.
Dr. Becker has found success imparting his knowledge and expertise as a music teacher and instructor in playing musical instruments. He began his career as a low brass intern from 2013 to 2015 with Eastman Community Music School in Rochester. With the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in Burnsville, Minnesota he excelled as band director from 2015 to 2016 with the Edward D. Neill and Vista View Elementary Schools and orchestra director with the Eagle Ridge Middle School. Since 2017, Dr. Becker has found success with Independent School District 196 in the Twin Cities area as an instrumental music teacher and teaching fifth grade instrumental music. He has additionally served as brass choir director with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville since 2015.
As a performer, Dr. Becker has triumphed as a trombonist since 2000 with JazzMN Orchestra, which has presented more than 70 concerts in its main series with dozens of additional performances at jazz and art festivals around the Twin Cities. He has also played with the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Houston Ballet, Symphoria Orchestra of Syracuse, Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra.
During his career in music instruction and performance, Dr. Becker has received many honors that include a President Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, a Hewlett Packard Scholarship from Rice University. He was a finalist in the American Trombone Workshop Competition, Rice University and the International Trombone Association Competition and was nominated for the Lecture Recital Prize with Eastman Community Music School, where he attained the Steve Switzer Memorial Award.
To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, Dr. Becker maintains affiliations with the International Trombone Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, the Minnesota Band Directors Association and the United Latino Students Association.
Dr. Becker attributes his success to his love for music and people, and both of them intersect at all times. He always finds ways to try and make his brass group better, become more proficient in playing instruments, become better in teaching and connecting, and make music more meaningful to everyone who is participating in it in his care. He considers it a career highlight to be able to return to where it all started and teach in the room where he learned to play trombone, to inspire students in the way that he was inspired, and to have his former teachers and mentors now to be his colleagues. He is also proud of having a number of students being accepted to well-known schools of music, and one of his students made the NAfME All American Bands in 2020. Dr. Becker’s goal in the coming years is to help as many students as possible, and his goal is to help more students participate in his school’s music program.