I was able to graduate all of the core requirements in my sophomore year at Berklee. This allowed me to experience all of Berklee's advanced electives in both music theory and ear training. I experienced Berklee's highest available theory course and graduated with honors.
I graduated with a B.A. in Professional Music from Boston's Berklee College of Music. When I first heard about Berklee, I too thought of warm and sunny Berkeley California and not the frigid winters in Boston. Berklee however, is respected world-wide as the musicians music college. Each year, only 3% of students are able to graduate. Advanced freshman placement accelerated all Berklee core requirements by my sophomore year. An early focus on their Advanced Harmony/Theory and Ear Training electives provided the rare opportunity of experiencing Berklee's highest level courses in both departments
. I graduated with Honors in 7 semesters with a cumulative music GPA of 3.6. (Magna Cum Laude). Since graduation, I've been a full-time independent professional musician with over 28 years of experience in all facets of music. Teaching private piano, guitar, and bass students however, is my first love and I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the accomplishments of my students. Since Berklee, I've amassed an extensive teaching library from over 5,000 original lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and musical interests. Acquiring and maintaining private students for over 28 years has been based solely through word-of-mouth referrals from students, parents, and teachers. A high percentage of students perform in bands, record professionally, and teach independently or in schools. Many letters of recommendation have provided college entry and 6 of 8 recommendations to attend Berkee have since graduated. Teaching beginning music students at any age is most important to me however. So many students never get the opportunity to ever realize their potential as was the case with me. From age 12 to 23, I was frustrated as I was only ever taught how to read music. Reading is important, but there's more to what we hear that meets the eye (pun intended I guess). I believe this is one of the reasons most people say, "If only I had stuck with lessons". Every student entering Berklee is told to forget everything they've ever learned up until now. Professional Performance: I've demonstrated over 28 years of professional diversity with a variety of genres (i.e. jazz, rock, blues, classical, etc.) facilitated through an equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass. Versatility has helped to provide over 9,000 solo, band, and free-lance performances at over 2,000 different venues. I've performed bass and keyboard duties simultaneously via split keyboard in original trio for over 15 years with world-respected drummer Clyde Lucas (Count Basie, Ray Charles, etc.). While attending college, I performed in Boston jazz clubs with prominent Berklee students including Smitty Smith from Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Other notable bands include Robert Gordan, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), Cab Calloway, and The Moody Blues. Long list includes prominent politicians and various jazz festivals. Recording/Composition: I've recorded 200+ original compositions and 50+ student play-a-long C.D.'s from my elaborate home studio. Advanced recording techniques implementing analog, MIDI, digital and synchronization formats has provided vast experience in both the professional and home studio. Multiple clients have hired me to transcribe, arrange, and record all instrumental parts for a variety of diverse artists and professional recording studio projects including jingles, commercials, and film.
*** Lesson Details *** All students are provided a safe environment in my townhouse of 20 years located in a nice suburban townhouse development minutes from the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 23 (New Holland Ave.). My 3rd floor teaching studio provides all instruments and students have the option to bring their guitar or bass to each lesson or simply use one of mine. Parents can either choose to observe the lesson, relax in my living room, or shop at the Lancaster Shopping Center 2 minutes from my house. Jim has an incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to share with students of all backgrounds, so please get in touch with us to set something up. Our rates are reasonable for the kind of expertise that Jim is available to provide.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full 3rd floor dedicated for teaching: waiting area for parents on the 1st floor or they can come up to the 3rd floor.
*** Specialties *** Berklee's highest freshman placement allowed me to accelerate focus through all advanced theory and ear training electives providing rare completion of highest available level course in both departments. Utilize that with equal interest and experience in all styles and genres (jazz, rock, blues, classical,etc.). Equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass.
anthony S. April 27, 2013
Songwriting Verified Student
songwriting is a lot of fun.and yet harder then i thought.
Ive always have wanted to write songs.And finally now i can.James is a great teacher.He's the only teacher ive ever had who has gone out of his way to come up with another way to teach me song writing with guitar.because i dont have a piano.he's great and a lot of fun.
Brian S. February 13, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Jim Rocks! I love hanging out every Sunday jamming
I have dabbled with the guitar for a couple of years but never got serious about. This year I made a new years resolution to get serious about it and find a guitar instructor.
I am so happy that I found Jim. He is brilliant with music and is that laid back, rad teacher that you hope to have for guitar.
We are about 5 weeks into lessons and I'm already playing Dead or Alive, Blackbird, Polly, and learning new songs every week. I thought we would be doing "boring" exercises still but he is great at teaching you the basics while keeping it fun.
A+ for Jim. Also, he is extremely flexible.
The only downside is that I wanted him to teach me how to sing Blackbird, but that's not his cup of tea. haha
NatalieS1 February 28, 2012
Hey Jim- I had a GREAT 1st lesson. You went slow enough so that I could understand what was going on but also went a little quicker so we could make the most of the half hour session. The things we worked on were exactly what i was hoping for. I will definitely be back on I feel confident in my "homework" - those darn finger exercises and I have a love hate relationship right now!! Thank you!
I teach both the classical and contemporary methods of music theory, combining the two and drawing on the strengths of both. Students will learn classical Roman numeral analysis while also learning how to build contemporary jazz harmony.
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.
He is a current adjudicator with Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.
Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.
I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.
For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.
My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Theory is an important part of playing any instrument. Learning how and WHY songs are put together the way they are.
Eric D. has been teaching guitar since 2003 through various institutions such as Millersville and Menchey Music. As a recording artist, he has experience with international record producers as well as home recording. He has consulted with numerous recording artists across the world. As a performer, he is in an actively touring band as well as a session musician for weddings, recordings, and studio work. Through these experiences, Eric can offer his students insight on how to successfully work with other musicians in the band environment, construct interesting and dynamic songs, and navigate th
e music business.
He has certifications in Hypnosis and Drug and Alcohol Counseling and is currently a private consultant to Lancaster Countyâs oldest and largest outpatient drug and alcohol facility. His unique background in the science of human behavior and subconscious learning gives him a unique approach to musical instruction. With training in Client Centered Behavior Modification, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Neurolinguistics Programming, Learning and Motivation, each student will receive highly personalized and evidence-based approaches to the learning process.
Each student's educational experience will vary. However, all students will learn proper technique and will be able to speak the language of music fluently. The ultimate goal is to understand how music works, not just the guitar...
I do not train guitarists. I train musicians.
*** Studio Equipment *** 4 Guitar Amps 3 Bass Amps Full size steel string acoustic guitars 1/2 size steel string acoustic guitars Nylon string acoustic guitars Electric Guitars Bass Guitars Ukuleles Mandolins MANY other stringed instruments Drum set Full PA system Digital Piano Digital recording equipment
*** Specialties *** Songwriting Fundamentals and technique Soloing Theory Band consulting and merchandising (Download cards,screen printing, web design)
Listening, beginning composing, 2, 3, and 4-part harmony
With over 30 years of piano and organ experience I love to engage students in the love of music. Singing, reading music, and learning music theory are a natural part of learning on any keyboard. My personality is upbeat and encouraging. Anyone with a desire to learn will experience a rewarding time while enjoying music!
*** Lesson Details *** 30 to 40-minute lessons
*** Specialties *** Classical and sacred music is what I know best. However, I want to have fun, so meeting the students likes and musical interests is very important to me. I search for the right music, even write my
own renditions on occasion to meet the student's needs.
Musicians who wish to gain a better of understanding how music functions can gain that knowledge by studying music theory. I have taught theory for many years and continue to study the subject myself. Theory is the grammar or music and will exponentially increase the musicianship of a musician when they study this subject.
My name is Joshua S. I grew up and currently live in Lancaster County, PA. During my childhood and teenage years I was very interested in music, languages, and other cultures! I went to Kutztown University after high school and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance. I spent a semester in Spain and earned a Certificate of Study from La Universidad de Valladolid. I went on to study Music Composition at The Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College. I have done general folk music research and I am very interested in th
e field of ethnomusicology. I have taught music lessons privately and at the university level.
In regards to teaching, I am qualified to teach: Theory & Composition, Piano, English, and Spanish.
I have traveled a great deal and I am an advocate for cross-culture education.
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