My name is James, and I love music. Music is my "aeroplane". It's the window to my world. Everything I do involves music: learning it, playing it, listening to it, creating it, studying it. I think it is safe to say that music is my life's passion. If you have a passion for music, or even just a curiosity, I'd love to be the one to help you explore the magical world of music!
I've been playing for about 20 years now, and I've had almost every experience that one can have playing the piano: playing at a high competition level, public performances, both solo and ensemble, lots of private instruction. My personal training is in classical piano, however I believe that all genres possess the potential to be an instrument of learning and enjoyment, AT THE SAME TIME! And I'd love to show you how!
Recently, I completed my sophomore leve classes at a local college studying music under a wonderful and passionate professor. This experience has only helped to solidify my love of musical arts. During my freshman year of studies, I was awarded Music Student of the Year (2008-2009) by the head of the music department on my campus. And I have completed my associate level music requirements at the end of spring term 2010. Ever since, I have been building my student base and honing my teaching skills.
*** Lesson Details ***
Come to lessons curious.
Come wanting to learn.
Come to lessons wanting to know more.
And you'll find what you're looking for!
You'll also find that I am a very easy going person. I understand that, sometimes, practice can be tedious. My goal is to make every aspect of your learning experience enjoyable, from discovering new music, to learning the music you already love, to cementing your skills in learning and self education. I hope you leave lessons loving music as much as I do.
*** Studio Equipment ***
A designated music room with an upright piano
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide piano/electric piano.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.My own personal history includes mainly classical piano music and technique, but I also enjoy contemporary piano pieces.
· Piano ·
James has been a real inspiration to me in playing the piano. I had been playing the piano over 30 years when I started lessons with him. He has helped me to become more expressive, to create medleys and arrangements, and to modulate to other keys and key signatures. I have gained more of an appreciation for different musical styles and have progressed further than I ever imagined. I highly recommend him as a patient and knowledgeable teacher.
· Piano ·
James has been a wonderful teacher. He is professional and friendly, and makes my daughter feel very comfortable and confident with her lessons.
· Piano ·
James has been great with Jesse. Over the years, he has tailored the lessons to meet Jesse's needs and interests and always keeps it fun. We appreciate how he comes to our house at a time that we all agree on and we can count on him to be here. Thanks James!
· Piano ·
My 8 year old son loves his piano teacher. James is awesome! He has a wonderful way of connecting with my son that is very rare for me to see in him. He is patient, and kind, and great with handling a beginner. We booked him thinking lessons would be in St. Peters, however, the lessons are in Wentzville, which is about 45 min. 1 way in traffic for the time slot booked that we needed.
Not the Teacher's fault, but it caused us confusion in thinking the lessons were in our city, so we assumed it was close to us.
I highly recommend him to anyone thinking about piano lessons.
I had a good learning experience with James. he is very good and has a passion for teaching. He understands the skill level of students and transform his lessons based on that. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending James to anybody.
James is very patient and encouraging. I already knew how to play the piano but James is helping me to play better. He never tells me that I'm playing something wrong but tells me that the piece of music can be played better. He has a positive attitude but also knows how to challenge me. These qualities are what I wanted in a teacher.
Thanks for being so flexible with Jesse's lessons. He's really enjoying his time with you, and we appreciate your patience and creativity with him!
James does a great job explaining things and finding the right pace to teach. Highly recommended.