James Persons

James P.

New Port Richey, FL
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Levels taught:

    James teaches

    Females 5 & Up
    Males 6 & Up
    + Special needs

    Teaching since

    August 1984

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    James passed a background check on 11/11/2014 that included the following:
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    Average response time

    17.0 hours

    About James


    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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    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

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    4 Reviews on James P.

    Anna Q. Aug 8, 2015
    Piano · In home
    Verified Student
    Thank you very much for being such a great teacher and for your patience and motivation. This has been a wonderful experience!
    Jill M. Jun 11, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Made me feel very comfortable though I am an inexperienced adult. Good sense of humor.
    Sharon E. Jul 23, 2013
    Verified Student
    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.
    KathrynB1 Oct 21, 2011
    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!