Joshua J. Knight

Joshua J. Knight

Missouri Western State University

Dr. Joshua J. Knight is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Missouri Western State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, and earned his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. His teachers include Lance Drege, Blake Tyson, Thomas Burritt, and Benjamin Finley.

Knight has presented and performed at regional, national, and international events such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, Texas Music Educators Association conference, College Music Society regional conference, Missouri Day of Percussion, Arkansas Day of Percussion, Oklahoma Day of Percussion, and University of Central Arkansas Percussion Festival, as has performed with the Fountain City Brass Band, St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Fort Smith Symphony. Knight is also active in commissioning new works for percussion that include Inside The Shining Stone by Blake Tyson, published by blaketysonmusic : Shattered by Cody Criswell, published by C-Alan Publications, Halcyon Days by Nathan Daughtrey, published by C-Alan Publications and most recently, The Wind That Turns The World by Blake Tyson, published by blaketysonmusic. Knights article, Trends and Developments Through Thirty Prominent Snare Drum Method Books is a featured cover story in Percussive Notes, the official research journal of the Percussive Arts Society Additionally, he serves on the Education Committee and Ed Companion SubCommittee for PAS. Among the numerous awards and honors received throughout his career, the most current include the Ronald Dyer award for excellence in the area of percussion awarded by the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and participation in the semi-final round of the Southern California International Marimba Competition in 2009. Knight is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, College Music Society, TMEA, MMEA, and is an artist endorser for Vic Firth sticks and mallets and Yamaha percussion instruments.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Minoru Miki's Marimba Spiritual provided me my first "next-level" experience as a keyboard percussionist while in the Master's program at the University of Central Arkansas. The vibe with my friends on stage, and the standing ovation at the conclusion of our performance, was an early memory I'll never forget that further motivated and inspired me.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Having an incredible community of percussion performers and educators to speak with, watch, and learn from, is essential to my own creativity.