Resident Artist, Upper Strings

Josh Garver

Joshua Garver is a violinist and music educator who began his violin studies in the fourth grade in his neighborhood public school system. Much like his students, Joshua found joy in playing his violin in the orchestra with his peers and continued playing in orchestras and chamber groups throughout the Rochester, NY area.

In 2006, Joshua attended Indiana University, pursuing a degree in music education and string pedagogy. There, Joshua was fortunate enough to study with string pedagogues Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig. In 2011, Joshua moved to Boston to begin his work as an El Sistema Resident Artist at Conservatory Lab Charter School. Wanting to expand his thinking and pursue ways to make deeper, authentic impacts in the field of music education and the lives of his students, Joshua left Conservatory Lab in 2015 to pursue his Master’s in Music Education at Boston University. Joshua graduated in 2017 and is overjoyed to be returning to Conservatory Lab, where he will be working with the first and second-grade musicians.

Joshua believes that access to a high-quality music education is a fundamental human right. Also, he believes that every student can be successful in their musical pursuits when a well-structured, student-centered curriculum is implemented and a safe, joyful, and non-judgmental classroom environment is created. He is eager to begin working with the students and all of his colleagues at Conservatory Lab.