James Hart

James H.

Harrison, NY

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James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 75

Teaching since:
February 2013

Take lessons to learn guitar, music theory, reading music, and many other musical skills. I specialize in solo guitar, improvisation, finger-style guitar, arranging, music theory and knowledge of various styles of music. Beginners are more than welcome, as are intermediate and advanced players, of all ages.
Skype lessons are also available!
Learn to play rock, jazz, blues, Latin, Brazilian, Classical, pop, reggae, folk, pop, metal, really anything!
Music should be fun to play and learn, which is the focus of my teaching method. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music from SUNY New Paltz, and have performed at venues around the Hudson Valley and NYC.
I look forward to meeting and helping you to become a better musician!

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Guitar Teacher
Mar 2015 - Present
Private Studio

I am currently employed as a guitar teacher at the New Windsor Music Academy in New Windsor, NY.

Guitar Teacher
Mar 2015 - Present
Private Studio

I am currently employed as a guitar instructor at the New City School of Music in New City, NY.

Private Instructor
Feb 2013 - Present
Music Lessons with James Hart

I have been teaching privately since 2013 students of all ages and skill levels.

Orchestra Guitarist
Jun 2016 - Nov 2016
Princess (Dawn)

I worked as the Orchestra Guitarist on the Dawn Princess based out of Perth and Sydney, Australia. We traveled to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.), Hawaii, Tahiti (Bora Bora), South Pacific Island (Noumea, Fiji, New Caledonia, etc.), and New Zealand. I played production shows, guest entertainer shows, jazz/big band sets, and solo guitar sets for wine tastings and tea time events.

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House Band Guitarist
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Carnival (Dream)

I worked as the House Band/ Orchestra Guitarist on the Carnival Dream based out of NOLA going to the Caribbean. I played production shows, guest entertainers, party band sets, jazz sets, and solo guitar sets.

Activities Aide
Aug 2014 - Apr 2015
Wingate at Ulster

I also gave music therapy to patients and residents who needed stimulation and to those who just wanted to hear live music.

Floor Salesman/ Private Instructor
Feb 2013 - Jun 2013
Jacob's Music

I sold musical instruments, handled Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for customers, and taught private guitar instruction.


Bachelor's of Science in Contemporary Music
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
SUNY New Paltz
Associates of Science in Performing Arts
Aug 2010 - May 2012
SUNY Dutchess Community College


Brazilian Portuguese
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


DCC Music Performance Certificate
May 2011
Dutchess Community College

This intensive musical performance preparation program is designed for the student who wishes further musical study before auditioning for entrance as an applied music major at a four-year college or music conservatory. In addition to musical performance preparation, the program provides foundations in music theory and history and freshman-level English language skills. The student also takes weekly private lessons with a qualified instructor, and performs juries at the end of the semester.

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National Organization of Women
Oct 2014

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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Photos & Videos

John Coltrane // After The Rain
Ted Greene // Watch What Happens
Sons de Carrilhões - João Pernambuco Brazilian solo acoustic guitar. Enjoy!
Playing jazz at The Derby Jazz Jam Session in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Playing at a jazz jam session at The Derby Bar & Grill in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Playing duo jazz with vocalist Rich Rodriguez from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC, at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY.

Animals as Leaders - "Another Year"
A funky, jazzy progressive tune.
Performing with Lew Scott (bass), Marvin 'Bugalu' Smith (drums).

Photo by James H.


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