James Craft

James C.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details



James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2007

I am happy to be teaching with TakeLessons, and can teach you piano, and how to be creative with music - songwriting and composition.

Born in France, raised in Sacramento, I took to music at age five and studied piano formally for twenty years.

I've lived in Europe and the U.S. teaching and playing music.

I am trained pianist and composer, and have spent years teaching, and can teach you or your child a systematic, intuitive method for learning piano. Learning your instrument should be encouraging, exciting and about the creativity in music!

In San Francisco, I had a studio of fifteen students with ages ranging from 5 to 70 years old while I earned my Masters of Music, and have moved to LA for work and one year of post graduate work at USC.

I can teach you how to play songs, read music, learn the basics behind music theory and much more.

We can also tailor the lesson to your interests - from classical, to more modern, pop-oriented music.

I spent four years writing, producing and licensing music in New York City, and have written modern and classical music on piano and for various ensembles. My work can be heard on HBO, Showtime and in various films.

Lessons available:

Beginning & Intermediate Piano
All Levels of Music Theory (ABRSM preparation)
Beginning - Advanced Composition

Thank you, and keep playing!

*** Lesson Details ***
For Piano: James teaches beginning and intermediate piano ages 5 to adult, using the acclaimed Faber Piano method - a honed, modern, and empowering piano learning method that is effective for all ages.

If needed, James can tailor his teaching methods to a students' age, musical needs and interests.

Lessons consist of piano reading and training, piano theory, piano articulation training, and, if needed, tailored creative writing / composing training.

Music Theory, Ear Training and Composition: I teach music theory with instrument and with books. We focus on the basics to the most advances aspects of theory. Theory is fun, and, in regards to music, can help you with just about anything. I can also teach using the ABRSM books, and prepare you for the exam. They are excellent. I always encourage improvisation and composition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a comfortable Piano Studio with an upright Baldwin, 88 key acoustic piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide teaching materials. I can also bring pieces to work on. Student must provide their instrument and student books. I have a car.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: James teaches basic and intermediate piano via the Faber Method. A highly intuitive and empowering modern way to learn the piano - tailored for children, accelerated children, and adults. I specialize in encouragement, motivation, and giving you a strong foundation at your instrument. I've played everything from classical to rock on the piano.

James can teach music theory - Harmony, Counterpoint, and basics. He can prepare you or your child for the ABRSM exams, and enjoys teaching music theory by way of ABRSM books and his own material, culled from years of study. Theory is most useful for someone who is learning an instrument, and a great way to encourage creativity.

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Private Piano Teacher
Jan 2010 - Aug 2014
James Craft Music

Maintained a private / composition studio of piano students of all ages.

Music Teacher / Composition Teacher
Sep 2011 - May 2013
San Francisco Opera Guild

Taught students the basics of music and helped them compose a musical. The projects ended with a final series of performances accompanied by myself.


Scoring for Film and Television
Aug 2013 - May 2014
USC - Masters Certificate
Music Composition
Sep 2011 - May 2013
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Masters of Music


Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by James C.

Photo by James C.


3 Reviews

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HughA Feb 15, 2012

I am enjoying my lessons with James. He is disciplined and has understood that I need to be learning to play as properly as I can. Progress is limited because of my limited time and not his teaching! I would recommend James to any adult with a serious and deep interest in music and in moving from being just a listener to someone who understands how music is constructed.

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KimberlyL Aug 25, 2011

James C, phenomenal instructor. Enough said.

James is an outstanding piano teacher. His zeal for all things music is absolutely catching. At the age of 24 I came to James with merely the musical knowledge equivalent of a 6-year-old and a passion to learn. Within weeks he had me reading music and understanding basic theory. The best part about having James as a teacher? He took the time to find out what I was interested in learning, and built my lessons from there. If I only had the time to learn accordion...

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PatrickM1 Aug 5, 2011

Enjoyed working with James. He provided good feedback on my guitar and he was very thoughtful in considering how to help me advance. I recommend James.

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