About James B.

James teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1984
Last sign in: Today


Tchaikovsky & Berklee/Boston Conservatory Method Study of Harmony. This method is used for a foundation of composing contemporary music, jazz music as well as classical music.

First Section

The Triads of the Major Scale
The Connection of the Triads of the Major Scale
Connection of Triads showing no External agreement
Deviations from rules governing the connection of related Triads
Harmonic Sequences
The Harmony of the Minor Scale
Open Position
The Inversions of the Triad
The Inversions of the Diminished and Augmented Triads

Second Section

The Dominant Chord
Free Voice-Leading
The chord of the Ninth
Chords of the minor and diminished Seventh
The connection of dissonant Harmonies resolving into the tonic Triad
Chords of sequence
Chords of sequence in minor
The Harmonization of a given melody

Third Section

Direct Modulation
Transient Modulation
Harmonization of given melodies with modulations
The enharmonic properties of the chord of the diminished seventh

Fourth Section

Chords of the augmented Fifth
Chords of the augmented Sixth

Fifth Section

The further development of Voice-leading
Harmonic figuration
Deviations from the laws of Harmony
Cadences (closes)


Berklee's Professional Network Mentor

Oct 2016 - Present
Berklee College of Music

Mentor for the Berklee's Professional Network online student & alumni mentoring program for Berklee College of Music.

Television and Film on Camera Work

Oct 1997 - Nov 2006
Various TV and Film Production Companies

Television and film on camera work. Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. I am currently semi-retired.


Dec 1982 - Sep 1996
Self Employed

Writing and producing music for radio and television.


Guitar Performance

Sep 1979 - Dec 1981
Berklee College of Music


Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Oct 1997

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Nov 1987

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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