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My name is James Essary. I offer private music lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums, music theory, songwriting and music composition. I've taught through my own private studio for the past 8 years and have also taught music theory and composition for CCISD's WAVE program.
I pride myself on offering fun lessons that incorporate a strong development in music theory, ear training, sight reading, improvisation, and composition. I find it very important to put each student's individual interest first. I believe if you are learning what you truly connect with then all other aspects of music become fascinating and meaningful.
I have a Bachelor's in Music Composition with piano as my main instrument as well as an associates degree in classical guitar. I also have professional experience as a recording session musician and live touring musician. Through this experience I've studied several genres including classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk, and country which helps me adapt to each student's taste and goals.
In addition to teaching, I also work as a producer, recording engineer, and composer. This background allows me to offer my students a special inside view and education on how songs are written, arranged, and recorded. I've often written pieces and produced recordings for students of mine.
I teach in home lessons and have my own private studio. The studio has a private recording studio and a teaching studio. The teaching studio is equipped with a Chickering console piano and also provides proper equipment for guitar and bass instruction.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Taught all age groups from beginners to advanced in many different aspects of music.
Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Music Theory, Voice, Music Composition, Ear Training, Music Engineering, Music Production
Taught music theory and composition at Westbrook Intermediate for their magnet program, WAVE. Students learned music writing software and had their compositions performed by classmates.
· Piano · In home
· Bass Guitar · In home
Amazing instructor and great guy.
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
· Guitar · In home
My surgical practice requires a lot of my time. Wes has always been flexible and professional with me; trying to find a way to get a lesson in when something didn't work out as I planned. He is diligent and really committed to his students. I have found that he is always thinking about the lesson from the perspective of the student. While he never compromised his principles for getting the work done, he always seems to meet me on my level and challenge me to improve.
Wes has an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music history, instrumentation, production, and touring. He brings this knowledge in small but important ways to each lesson. He teaches me music theory. He gets me hooked into how each idea might be incorporated into song. He also makes sure to summarize what I need to know. Many times he just has me practice with him during my lesson. Like any teacher, he stresses practice and has taught me many, many valuable practice techniques I now use on my own. Wes is a fantastic teacher. I have friends who say the same thing about him - friends taking piano, ukulele, drums, and bass guitar. I give him my highest recommendation.
Eric S. Powitzky, MD, FACS
· Bass Guitar ·
Double Bassist, Kansas City Symphony
· Piano · In home
My son started taking piano lessons last year (March 2015-ish) because I decided that he needed something else to occupy his time (and energy) that wasn't martial arts related. He was 8 at the time when he started and needless to say, I wasn't sure how he would like it. I am thankful that I decided on pursuing lessons and committing to James as his instructor because my son responded really well to his teaching style. He made my son see piano music as something more than just a skill. I realized this when I began noticing my son's curiosity and appreciation for piano when he willingly chose songs to play on his own and pushed himself to learn the music and confidently play it in front of our family (he even printed the lyrics to the song so he could sing while playing it!). This to me was a huge sign that James is in fact the best out there for us and we will continue to see him for as long as we can.
He event went as far as to provide my son with sheet music to his favorite band's (Twenty one Pilots) songs that my son requested and created a teaching plan for my son to learn the music. We live in Houston but James continues my son's lessons once a week either in person or online. We were also able to stop by his new studio in Austin to have lesson during our weekend vacation.
He seriously knows his stuff and more importantly, he knows how to motivate his students. He takes the time to get to know his students in order to determine the best method of instruction for optimal learning.
Long story short; James is great. The best out there.