Mr. Joseph C. Kaminsky
Violin, Viola Teacher / Teacher Trainer
Joseph Kaminsky has been teaching violin for 40 years and has been a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer since 1984. He is a frequent workshop and institute clinician and has taught at over 350 such events in 31 states, as well as at national conferences and workshops in Japan, Puerto Rico, Canada and Singapore. Mr. Kaminsky received his training studying with John Kendall, Roland/Amita Vamos, and Shinichi Suzuki. Further ongoing pedagogical influences have been Catherine Lee and Rhonda Cole. He is a former member of the Illinois Symphony, and formerly adjunct professor of violin at both the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University. Currently he has taught 20 years for the Kirkwood School District, and has done private studio teaching for over 30 years. Mr. Kaminsky currently also performs as Principal 2nd violin with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis and as a member of the Cardinal String Quartet. Joseph Kaminsky was named the 2014 MoASTA “Artist Teacher of the Year” and “Private Teacher of the Year” in 1999. He also is a regular contributor to the American Suzuki Journal.
His studio ranges from beginners age 3 and older to high school students graduates who have been accepted as music majors into Julliard, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, and other stellar music schools. But the vast majority of his graduates have just gone on to their chosen fields, enhanced by the discipline, cognitive skills, and love of music that a Suzuki education can bring.