Lesson Details



James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2007

James, a 3rd generation musician and teacher, graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2008 with a focus on musical performance, theory and composition. He has experience teaching a variety of ages from 5 to 80 as well as students with special needs.

Local lessons are offered at Jackson's Music in Douglasville, GA - (Westmoreland Plaza); and at my home studio in Decatur, GA - (Bridlewood Cir); and in home lessons offered within a 10 mile radius of Decatur, Ga.

"Hey everyone, I am always willing to take on new students no matter what age and or experience. I usually average around 40+ students a week so go and find a time that works for you!"

Students who take lessons in person will be able to take advantage of programs such as Riffstation (a slow-down audio file program to make learning easier, faster, and not to mention more fun.)

Students who enroll in online Skype classes can look forward to personal music material handed out through email. Students are also offered play-along pieces at the end of every lesson!

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Music Teacher
Jun 2007 - Present
Local Music store

I have played many instruments throughout my life due to being the son of a band director. I have also performed with many groups over the years. After graduating from Atlanta Institute of Music, I began teaching in Douglasville, Ga.


Computer Science
Apr 2017 - Present
Georgia Technical College
Musical Performance, Music Theory, Jazz Studies, Classical Studies
Aug 2006 - Aug 2008
Atlanta Institute of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Student's view Jackson's Music.

Full 88 keyboard with weighted action Jackson's Music.

American Fender Telecaster


Mitchell Banjo

Seagull Acoustic Guitar
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23 Reviews

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Joi D. Mar 9, 2017
Ukulele · Online


Laurel S. Feb 8, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

As a beginner, adult mandolin student, I was very pleased with James' laid back approach to helping me get started. He was extremely flexible in lesson scheduling, consistent in communicating about availability, and a great teacher, giving me appropriate-sized "homework" to help me grow in my skills.
I'd definitely recommend him for anyone just starting out, or wanting to grow in their skills!

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Jacob Jan 19, 2017
· In studio

Very nice and patient.

Ronnie West May 21, 2016

I have been taking guitar lessons from James for about 4 years and love it. He has taught me so much. James is a great teacher, very patient, lots of encouragement. Will work with you on anything you ask. A very comfortable atmosphere. works very well with your schedule. He is a fantastic guitar player himself. He has great music theory. I highly recommend him for anyone. You will be pleasantly surprised and very satisfied. I give him a 5 star.

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Katie May 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

James has been working with my son for several years now. He is kind and patient and encourages my son to try new songs and challenge himself. We feel very fortunate that James has helped bring music into my son's life.

LaVar May 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio

James is a fantastic teacher. I am truly glad that I have taken lessons with James. He work with me according to my accomplishments/ level and I like the challenge.

Rosa M May 17, 2016
Guitar · In home

James in an excellent teacher, very patient he is been teaching my nephew for years and now he is teaching my 6 years old daughter.
Highly recommended !!!

Anita Mills May 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

James has a very calm manner and encourages his students. Our daughter has been taking lessons for two years. She enjoys it and we are very pleased with James.

LaQuanda May 11, 2016
Piano · In studio

James is an awesome instructor who is very patient and kind with my 5 and 6 year old boys. He is extremely flexible with my family's crazy schedule, which is a huge plus for us. This is my kids first time taking piano and they love it! I am glad they have him as an instructor.

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Bryan May 7, 2016
Guitar · In home

James is an excellent teacher. I feel very focused and relaxed when he teaches. He's perfect for anyone who has ever felt nervous in a learning environment.

Mark May 6, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

James is an excellent teacher for the stringed instruments as well as piano and music theory. James has extensive knowledge, skill, and musicianship to share with students of various skill levels. James' passion for music and his genuine love for teaching make his method highly effective.

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David May 6, 2016

James has been my daughters Guitar instructor for over 3 years now...It is very difficult to find the right kind of person to isolate with a child and have comfort. James is an Outstanding person and a great teacher. Our daughter totally enjoys the time learning with James and she has improved continuously with her Guitar skills. James is very patient and very approachable - two mandatory traits for a good teacher. I could go on but this is supposed to be brief - James is the best!

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Lauren Apr 28, 2016
Guitar · Online

Great instructor, very knowledgeable and patient. James has a thorough academic music background and it shows in the way he teaches.

Cory Smith Apr 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio

James is a great teacher.he is very patient and understanding.I've learned a lot so far and looking forward to more lessons with him!

Ashley Graham Apr 20, 2016
Mandolin · In home

James is an excellent instructor. He is very patient, encouraging, and incredibly flexible. Given that my life is super busy, with lots of random travel and an ever-shifting schedule, that last part is crucial. I highly recommend working with James!

Deandre Kevaron B. Mar 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Nice guy, with a calm and inviting nature, providing the perfect learning environment. My son has learned so much in such a short time. We're excited of what's to come! So far, so good...

Ashley Mar 28, 2016
Mandolin · In home

I'm a true beginner - at my first lesson, I knew nothing about how to play the mandolin. James is very patient, helpful and encouraging. Though I have only had two lessons so far, I have really enjoyed them!

Breanna Mar 8, 2016
Piano · In studio

"Very nice guy, my eight year old daughter was not nervous at all!! This was her fist music lesson ever and is looking forward to her next, thanks James!!"

Mark B. Jan 10, 2016
Banjo · In studio

James has a very good background in music theory and various stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. He's a patient teacher that has really helped a novice player like myself get my bearings. Thanks James!

Betsy S. Nov 30, 2015
Mandolin · In home

James is a lovely, very knowledgeable person, also very warm and he made me feel at home right away. I feel comfortable letting him know how stupid I feel about having a hard time applying music theory to my playing. I am looking forward to working with him and learning this new language and applying it. I am very excited to have this opportunity!

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Nicole B. Oct 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Fantastic! Looking forward to more lessons.

Joi D. Aug 3, 2015
Ukulele · Online

James was great. Very patient, always asking if I have any questions ... gave me hard copies to refer to.. can't wait to meet again!

Zakiya Hooker May 12, 2015
Blues Guitar · In studio

It was quite informative. James showed me some new things that I am excited to try. See you next time James

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