American guitarist Joseph Douglass began his early formal studies at the Juilliard Pre-College. From there he has gone on to finish a Bachelors of Music at the Manhattan School of Music while working with the esteemed pedagogue, David Leisner. With a focus on body health, Joseph’s teaching reflects the deep need for mindfulness in guitar performance. With extensive experience teaching all ages, he provides a varifocal approach to learning the guitar that adapts to any student. As a performer, Joseph has played in masterclasses for numerous award winning artists like Marcin Dylla, Oscar Ghillia, and Sharon Isbin. Currently, he collaborates with Lauren Scanio in the newly founded “The Third Rail Flute and Guitar Duo.” Together, they perform all over New York City playing music ranging in style from Dowland to Satie. Joseph has been a recipient of the Joseph M. Smith Scholarship for Musical and Academic excellence for the past 5 years, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Music graduate degree with David Starobin at the Manhattan School of Music.