James Loughery
Cincinnati, OH
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James Loughery

James L.

Cincinnati, OH
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My background in classical, jazz, pop, songwriting, composing, and arranging all make me an extremely versatile piano teacher. I teach using a personal method which combines parts of all the most popular methods for piano to create an extremely varied and flexible method for each individual student. Using my experience as a composer/arranger, I frequently create arrangements for students when they express a desire to learn specific music, as I skillfully appropriate arrangements for each students' skill level.

Students will not only learn how to play the piano, but how to express themselves with it, as I keep creativity a high priority in students' progress and encourage improvisation. Students will also be introduced to basic music theory which will help them grow even further in their musical development and stimulate creativity. Many of my students have gone on to win awards, study piano at places such as Berklee College of Music, learned how to improvise, and even composed their first pieces with me!

About James L.

As a composer, jazz and classical pianist, and freelance arranger, James has a diverse musical background which inspires his teaching of classical and jazz piano, improvisation and composition. Holding a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), he offers a creative approach to learning aimed at creating strong technique and encouraging personal expression. With a vast repertory spanning many styles, and including personal arrangements for students, James has resounding success with adults and beginners alike, guiding each student on their personal musical path to success.

James has experience working with all levels and ages, and advanced students have won awards, recorded on the radio, and gone to study music at schools such as Berklee College of Music. Understanding the unique dynamics that each student brings, James’ creative approach aims to customize each method tailored towards the student’s age, background, experience, and tastes. James frequently writes personalized arrangements for students! Incorporating improvisation and composition into his lessons results in many students writing and performing their first compositions. Students also learn how to expand on materials and make their own arrangements!

As an active member of MTNA, James encourages students to perform at MTNA events and competitions, and along with 2 annual studio recitals, advocates for students to perform as much as possible. James’ students regularly perform in church services, school choirs and bands, and outside ensembles, some making performance videos to share on social media. James loves introducing students to new music, and encourages students to develop strong, lifelong listening skills while developing a more intimate relationship with sound.


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He is incredible! So professional and provided lots of resources for me to learn even during covid. He taught me so much during our first lesson that he explained so well! 10/10 would recommend.

Posted Aug 28, 2020
Tara Dozet
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Wonderful experience! Great teacher! Taught me a lot about arrangement and helped me with a couple of my own compositions! I felt great energy and passion from James. Great teacher, great course! I recommend James to anyone who wants to learn and to advance in composition and arrangement.

Posted Aug 19, 2020
Goran Markovic
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James was great! Really methodical teacher! Loved the way he eases me into the lesson. Very focused on the details and is great at simplfying complex thing!
Recommending him to everyone! :)

Posted Aug 10, 2020

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Private Piano Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present


Adjunct Professor
May 2019 - Aug 2019

IvyTech Community College


MM Composition
Aug 2017 - May 2019


BM Piano Performance
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016

University of Indianapolis



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