James Director of Music at Akiba Academy graduated from Richardson HS in Richardson Texas. He holds a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas and is a certified k-12 music teacher in both Texas and Colorado. James started his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own Blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers. James has over ten years experience teaching in public schools, from elementary music to middle/high school band & choir; to adjunct saxophone at Mesa State College in Grand Junction Colorado. As a Band director, he inspires a strong foundation of musicianship ensuring ...
I believe first and foremost in supporting and developing what musically inspires a student’s decision to study and play music. In order to fully develop control, musicality and understanding of the music language, it is important to focus on several components including music theory (scale and harmonic structure/function and rhythm), style, ear-training, reading and performance skills.
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Like any aspect of life, consistency and patience are two very important qualities to posses when working towards a goal. The duration of each practice session is proportional to the level of the student. Learning how to practice efficiently with your instrument is key for adherence and success in obtaining your goals.
Education/Experience: Guitarist/ Singer/Composer/Arranger/Music Producer, Andy S., is an experienced, well-versed musician in many disciplines of music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz studies from the prestigious University of North Texas and Masters in Jazz Arranging/Composition from the University of North Texas. He has also been an educator of the art since 1993 and performing for over 25 years. He is Professor of guitar/voice/bass and Director of SFA State University's contemporary ensembles as well as their arranger. As an Arranger/Composer/Producer: Andy has written, arranged, produced, performed and recorded for a variety of artists over the years including an original composition by world renowned jazz artist, Kurt Rosenwinkel, which was performed by Kurt ...
I have played bass guitar in varying capacities for several years now. I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues bass but also have professional experience in classical bass. I have played bass for several worship ensembles, rock bands, and am currently playing for an orchestra at Covenant Christian Academy.
12 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, a private guitar instructor, a freelance producer, film-composer, performing musician and, of course, instructor! I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos Pointe Church, Bear Creek Community Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, the BSM at UTA, Christ Is King Church, and FUMC Allen in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under
I am a guitar player but I can also play and teach bass guitar if needed. Basic scales and walks. Simple scales are enough to learn to be able to play a lot of songs.
Learn to play from an experienced guitar player, Tommy Katona, front man of Texas Flood (a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan). Over 23 years of musical experience. If you want to learn the style of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, or just want to learn to play the guitar, basic chords and scales, easy songs you should contact me. I am a Blues musician since I was a child, but I like all kinds of music and am familiar with other genres like funk, jazz, rock, even some metal. Reading music is not necessary, but learning basic theory is included. All ages are welcome, from beginners to advanced players. I am very good with children as well, very patient with my students, and trying to make every minute of my lessons interesting and fun. I have ...
Students can expect to have each lesson tailored to their taste. I like students to find something in music they are passionate about and to pursue it. I teach a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Country, Rock, Classical, Swing, Blues, and Worship music. I also teach Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Composition and a wide variety of bass guitar techniques. My goal is for each student to have proficiency and success in the style of music they choose to pursue.
I have been performing and teaching for over 10 years. I consider myself a teaching artist, in the fact that teaching is an art as much as the music itself is. Every student is unique and wants to achieve something different, my goal is to help them achieve their goals in the most fun and artistic way possible. MY PROMISE TO YOU Finding a good music teacher can sometimes be a difficult process, so I hope to make this as easy as possible, if you choose to use me as a teacher I will -Always be prepared for lessons -Always give 100% effort -Always be available to answer any questions -Always do my best to ensure your needs as a student are fulfilled When I first took guitar lessons, I looked forward to them all week, they were my favorite part of the week. I want my lessons to be
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