James Persons

James P.

New Port Richey, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Can teach beginning to advanced piano, classical, pop and jazz. Can also teach beginning guitar and drums.

About James P.

Jim has played piano and keyboards for over 30 years. Classically trained at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Jim has performed in top-40 rock bands in New England to jazz bands in Tampa Bay. Jim plays keyboards for "Supernatural", a Santana tribute band and for a contemporary christian church called New Walk Church in Zephyrhills FL. Jim plays for a jazz trio called Quiet Fire and has a jazz duo with a vocalist where he uses his laptop computer and programs the drums and bass and plays along with it. Jim is fluent with modern keyboards, MIDI, recording and has a recording studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano lessons with Jim are first and foremost fun. For the beginner, Jim gets the student playing easy songs right away and then progresses at the student's pace. As the student advances, Jim will introduce the student to easy classical, pop and new age piano music. For jazz enthusiasts, Jim teaches how to play jazz from a "fake book" and improvise. For rock and pop, Jim teaches how to learn songs from a CD where there is no sheet music. For advanced players, Jim can coach the student through the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart and prepare for a college auditions. Jim can also teach how MIDI and recording works and the student can even make a CD or MP3 of their own creation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room is also a recording studio in my home. Digital piano (full-size, weighted keys, sustain pedal) synthesizers and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide equipment, student must have an instrument to play on.

*** Specialties ***
In teaching piano, i can teach the student who is at least intermediate how to play jazz with all the jazz chords with inversions, improvisation, and reading music from a "fake book"


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9 Reviews
Sarah B.
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I have been playing for years, but in a few hours, James guided me to unlock my full potential. I am very happy with my investment in his classes and I am looking forward to booking another set. Jazz, improv, interpretation were areas I struggled in as I received a very strict classical piano education. The classes are fun and my assignments helped me advance quickly and effortlessly. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 23, 2018
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My 6-year old is taking her first lessons of any kind with Mr. Jim. He was very welcoming, got right into the lesson and made her feel very comfortable. It was an easy-going, laid back lesson perfect for her first experience!

Posted Aug 2, 2017
Sandy P.
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Good Experience learning from Mr. James.

Posted Mar 25, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I've had a few lessons with James, and thus far my experience has been excellent! He is a great instructor and will go at your pace. He is also flexible with your schedule and will work with you in case something comes up! I would highly recommend James to all from beginner to expert level students.

Posted Dec 29, 2015
Cheri F.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He was very good with the kids and very flexible with schedule. Recommend!

Posted Sep 30, 2015
Anna Q.
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Thank you very much for being such a great teacher and for your patience and motivation. This has been a wonderful experience!

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Jill M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Made me feel very comfortable though I am an inexperienced adult. Good sense of humor.

Posted Jun 11, 2014
Sharon E.

great teacher

Jim is a great teacher and one I would highly recommend.
He's very easy to get along with and listens to what your needs and goals are.

He's a teacher willing to go the extra nile.

Posted Jul 23, 2013

Experience Counts!

I was amazed at how much I was able to learn from James in one hour. He understood my level and seemed to know exactly how to guide me through the lessons. I highly recommend James (Jim) as a seasoned professional!

Posted Oct 21, 2011

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Pianist / Music Teacher / Music Driector
Jun 1982 - Present

P. Piano

Can assist and teach piano beginning to advanced. Can teach beginning to intermediate guitar and drums.


Bachelors of Arts in Music
Sep 1978 - Jun 1982

Edinboro State University

Bachelors Degree
Sep 1978 - Jun 1982

Edinboro State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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