James Hawes
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James Hawes

James H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a classical guitar player I also love playing ukulele. You just can’t help but smile and feel happy when you have a ukulele in your hands. I specialize in classical and finger style ukulele.

About James H.

My name is James Hawes. I provide weekly online private music lessons in classical guitar and ukulele. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. I've been teaching for many years and I love what I do. I am very patient and easy going. I love working with kids and work hard to be a positive influence in my students' lives. I am very accountable for my students' progress and happiness with what they are learning.

Below is a brief bio.

I have been performing and teaching music for over 25 years. After having piano lessons as a young child, I began studying both French Horn and Classical Guitar at the age of 12. At that time I had two great mentors, John Miller of the Indianapolis Symphony and Joylyn Hague at University of Indianapolis. I hold a Bachelor™s degree in Music Performance in French Horn and a Master™s degree in Music Education from the Indiana University School of Music. At Indiana University I studied with celebrated horn players Philip Farkas and Michael Hatfield and received certification in K-12 instrumental music as well as Kodaly Method certification while continuing to study classical guitar with Joylyn Hague at University of Indianapolis and Brett Terrell at Butler University.

My first teaching job after college was with a company called Music on the Move, where I traveled once a week to 12 different private (mostly Catholic and Christian) k-8 schools and taught individual and small group lessons in brass, winds, strings, piano, and guitar, as well as general music. From there I went on to teach band and orchestra for several years at Brebeuf Preparatory School in Indianapolis. At this time I was also performing frequently with a classical guitar quartet, œThe Franklin Quartet. After 6 years of teaching at Brebeuf, I owned a tutoring service, Head of the Class Educational Services, where I traveled to students'™ homes for academic tutoring and help with home school instruction. With Head of the Class I gained a lot of valuable experience helping students with learning disabilities and worked particularly with many students struggling with Asperger™s Syndrome. During this time I worked with many home schools and gained much appreciation for the achievements and challenges that home schools face.

These days, and for quite a few years now, I focus all of my time and energy on playing classical guitar and teaching private music lessons.

Over the years of working with students of all ages and various backgrounds, my greatest strength has been building excellent relationships with my students. Experience has taught me that is the first and foremost important requirement for students' success. I have been fortunate to study with several great teachers and perform with many great musicians. It is my greatest joy in life to be able to pass that along to my students.

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Sarah
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Our son has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Hawes for 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is a wonderful teacher, and we have seen our son grow and learn and get excited about lessons! Mr. Hawes has patience in working with students, and I am always amazed at his knack for getting even squirrely little boys to sit still and get engaged in a lesson! Mr. Hawes is a wonderful teacher, who is passionate about his students and loves working with them, which is apparent in each lesson. We are truly blessed to have found such a wonderful teacher for our son, and would highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 21, 2016
Sarah
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Our son has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Hawes for 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is a wonderful teacher, and we have seen our son grow and learn and get excited about lessons! Mr. Hawes has patience in working with students, and I am always amazed at his knack for getting even squirrely little boys to sit still and get engaged in a lesson! Mr. Hawes is a wonderful teacher, who is passionate about his students and loves working with them, which is apparent in each lesson. We are truly blessed to have found such a wonderful teacher for our son, and would highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 21, 2016
Jeni
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Mr. Hawes has been teaching my daughters piano lessons for 2 plus years. He is knowledgeable, experienced, reliable, kind patient, trustworthy, and always easy tonwork with. We appreciate his dedication to helping our daughters learn to appreciate music more & more. A truly wonderful teacher we feel blessed to work with.

Posted Jun 20, 2016
Lisa
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James is a wonderful instructor and I highly recommend him. I have two children who have been taking piano and guitar lessons from him for over a year. They really like him and he has taught them so much already.

Posted Jun 20, 2016
Karen
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James is an awesome instructor!! He comes to our house and is always prompt courteous and very friendly! My son has gained confidence and advanced to the next level thanks to James! I would highly recommend him!!

Posted Jun 20, 2016

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Experience

Private Music Instructor
Sep 1990 - Present

James Hawes Music Services

Private music instruction in piano, brass, classical guitar, and ukulele.

Owner, Principal Instructor
Jun 2001 - May 2006

Head of the Class Educational Services

Provided academic tutoring and home-school instruction to a wide range of students in grades k-12.

Instrumental Music Director
Sep 1995 - May 2001

Brebuef Preparatory School

Responsible for instruction and all other aspects of instrumental music program, including concert band, orchestra, and jazz band.

Education

Master of Arts for Teachers
May 1987 - May 1990

Indiana University School of Music

Bachelor of Music
Sep 1982 - May 1987

Indiana University School of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

K-12 Instrumental Music
May 1990

Indiana University School of Music

Awards

Listed in Who's Who of American Teachers
Jan 1996

Who's Who of American Teachers

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