Josh holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Louisiana State University, the Master of Music degree in piano performance from Missouri State University, and Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Texas State University-San Marcos. Uniquely, Josh did not start formal piano instruction at a young age, but began his studies at seventeen years old. With dedication, top-tier teachers, and undeniable persistence, Josh has been able to complete his formal studies and is excited to focus on teaching and sharing his passion for music with his students. While studying at the collegiate level, Josh was given the opportunity to perform and study abroad with renowned teachers, such as Yong-Hi Moon and Julian Martin at the Valencia International Piano Academy in Valencia, Spain and with Enrico Elisi and Sophia Gulyak at AmiCaFest in Grammichele, Sicily. His former teachers include, Gregory Sioles, Hye-Jung Hong, and Washington Garcia.
As a teacher and active member of MTNA, Josh believes in being adaptable during each lesson in order to better connect with each student. Attending to individual learning needs in a lesson allows for a positive and engaging musical experience that promotes appreciation for the piano and its repertory. Josh also strives for each student to play colorfully at the piano and encourages them to seek out their inner artist.
Loriana holds the Masters in Vocal Performance from Missouri State University, and a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Texas State University. She also received her Music Education Certification K-12 from Louisiana State University. Most recently, Loriana taught General Music at the Elementary Level and enjoyed teaching the fundamentals of Music Education. She is a firm believer of Music fundamentals being fun, engaging, and rigorous and makes sure to incorporate these beliefs with beginning elementary pianists and vocalists. As a vocalist, she focuses on ear training, melodic phrases, and pitch recognition to create musically empathetic individuals. Loriana aims to help guide each student to find their inner love for music, perseverance in lessons, and the patience to aid in creating a lifelong interest in a music.