Joshua Banks Mailman grew up in NYC in the dangerous decades of the 1970s and 80s. He attended F.H. LaGuardia High School of the Arts (as a guitarist and violist). He then went to the University of Chicago (B.A.,1995) where he majored in philosophy, taking several courses also in music and mathematics.
For several years he studied and taught music theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, completing a masters degree (2003) and pursuing a Ph.D. in music theory.
He has been living in NYC, where he, since earning his Ph.D. in 2010, has been teaching at Columbia University in the 2010-12, 2013-15 academic years (as well as NYU, Fordham, Hofstra, and William Patterson Universities). For the 2012-13 academic year he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Music Department at University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). During the 2015-17 academic years he was a full-time instructor of music theory at University of Alabama, School of Music, Tuscaloosa. As of Fall 2017 he is teaching at Columbia University again.