James Davis

James D.

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

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Hi! I’m James, a drummer, composer and teacher based in Boston, MA. I gave my first drum lesson when I was 13 years old, and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Drum Set Performance.

I began playing the drums when I was 10 years old, and was fortunate enough to find an incredible drum teacher a year later. He was kind, encouraging, and incredibly positive. This was quintessential in fostering my love for music and the drums, and I seek do the same for my students.

I love teaching the drums, but the most valuable skill I can teach is how to practice them. Teaching a student to practice in a way that guarantees results empowers them to learn anything they choose, musical or otherwise. Regularly pushing past musical boundaries sends positive ripples into the rest of life. This sounds like a hefty promise, but its true: transcending your limits on a weekly basis will increase your self-efficacy.

I’m currently involved in 3 projects, ranging from jazz to prog-rock and metal. These projects are very specific, but I am comfortable teaching a wide range of styles. I typically start new students with rock and pop music, while also teaching exercises to build fundamental technique.

I prefer to travel to students for lessons, but am happy to do lessons via webcam or at my practice space in Brighton. I’ve found that students prefer to show me what they’ve been practicing on their own drums. In addition, this lets me teach them to set up and maintain their own instrument.

I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you or your kid! Please feel free to message me with any questions or inquiries. Thanks for reading.

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Freelance Drummer
Jan 2012 - Present

Performing and recording in Boston, MA

Private Teacher (Drums)
Oct 2006 - Present
James D.

ABA Therapist//Special-Ed Teacher
Aug 2018 - Nov 2018
Nashoba Learning Group


Performance (Jazz Drum Set)
Sep 2013 - Aug 2017
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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Miss Thing (Cyrus Chestnut) - Dabin Ryu Quartet
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5 Reviews

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Miichelle Feb 24, 2019
Drum · In home

We highly recommend James as a drum instructor. He works extremely well with our daughter. She looks forward to her lessons every week. She has improved immensely under his instruction. He is always professional, upbeat, positive, and encouraging!

Matt Feb 19, 2019
Drum · In home

I've played with James in various bands for years and he is always incredibly dedicated. His play in multiple styles is super tight and expressive, and he takes a joy in playing that I'm sure will catch on in any of his students.

Alyssa Feb 19, 2019
Drum · In home

James is an amazing drum teacher! It is clear that he is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is kind and patient and has a great method for practicing that has helped me to improve not only in lessons but on my own. I definitely would recommend him!!

Erik Feb 19, 2019
Drum · In studio

Amazing teacher and drummer with a robust knowledge of any genre, able to explain complex concepts in an easy to understand way. Not to mention an insanely friendly dude! Highly recommended

Ben Feb 18, 2019
Drum · In studio

James is a great teacher! He has a very laid back approach with a strong emphasis on the music that I’m interested in. He’s great for a beginner or advanced player!

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