James Ruperto

James R.

North Brunswick, NJ
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Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner
Develop Stick Control, & the skills it requires to have the coordination it takes to Play the Drums.
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About

James passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
January 1980

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I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at my Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great Lessons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do.
I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.

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Experience

Musician/Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Engineer
Jan 1994 - Present
Music Instructor

I am a Trained Musician who has been Playing, Studying, & Teaching for over 37 years. I'm Schooled through all Private lessons by many teachers and I have formulated my skills of teaching through a combination of rearranging what I've learned, to give it a more common sense approach to music and music theory. It's extremely important that the student have a clear overview, and maintains a organized perspective on how you Should think first, then apply it to the Instrument. One of the most important things is to keep the student inspired to reach their goals, keep it fun, but also help them to push beyond what they thought they could never achieve. I'm the Head Instructor for all the Lessons: Guitar/Singing/Songwriting/Bass/Drums & much more.

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Education

Trained Musician
Jan 1980 - Present
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
Jan 1975 - Present
Private lessons from teachers whom they them self were trained Musicians. You won't necessarily know their Names because in this Business it has a Lot to do with word of mouth, when it comes to teachers. Here are some of the people I studied with, Fortune Petri, Tony Scarpa (Guitar Lessons) Bill Riley, Kathy Schwartman (Vocal Lessons) Bob Ross (Music Theory) Lou Stallman (Songwriting Lessons) Big Noize Sound, RC Audio (Engineering, Live Sound, Mixing) Pulse Stage Lighting (Lighting Tech)

Languages

English
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Trained Musician
Jan 1979
Private Lessons

I am Trained Musician, all through Private Lessons from other Trained Musicians. I've been Training & Studying for 37 years, and I'm constantly working on improving every aspect of my Education so my Teaching Skills get better. I'm committed to being the best Teacher I can be to make the students experience fun and educational at the same time. I do all of my Lessons in my Class A Recording Studio so I can Incorporate it into the Lesson. This way it's much more then just a Lesson, it's the whole experience.

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As a Teacher I'm always excited to see all of my students Motivated.
All that is Included in every Lesson
Being Recorded in our Class A Recording studio, all Part of the Lessons when you study at Under Broken Glass Studio Music School.
Commercial #1
Proud of all of my Students.
It's much more then just a Lesson, it the whole experience.
Be Inspired and push yourself to reach beyond what you thought you could achieve.
A student of mine in his own words
We want to Help you Grow to Become your own Artist.
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82 Reviews

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Barbara Sep 18, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

I'm an ABSOLUTE BEGINNER, and James is very patient and thorough. I look forward to each lesson!

Daniel N. Sep 11, 2017
Dulcimer · Online

I've only just had my first lesson with James (aka Jimmy), and it is evident he has a very deep knowledge and experience. The manner with which James imparts his obvious talent and/or complex music theory to a novice like me is expressed in perfectly understandable terms. I hope to continue anon with James as I am able.

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Marie M. Aug 7, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

I have been taking voice lessons with Jimmy for the last 5 months. I never had musical training and was not even sure I had a voice ..... but I really wanted to sing and decided to give it a try. Jimmy is very knowledgeable about both physical and mental/emotional aspects of singing. It has been quite a journey..... but now I know that I do indeed have a voice. Of course it was a lot of work - Jimmy always had a homework for me - but It still feels like a miracle.
I am looking forward to further lessons with him so that I can keep learning.

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Ugur Jul 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

He is a very good instructor.

Justin T. May 16, 2017
Guitar · Online

Great lesson

Roger K. Mar 28, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great first session - he took my fear away 👍 ... looking forward to next session!

Michael Mar 16, 2017
Harmonica · Online

I'm taking vocal and harmonica lessons from James. He has made it fun to learn and has been very accommodating in his schedule. I have no music background but I am learning quite quickly, thanks to James.
MFH

Mike H Mar 6, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jimmy is the best. After learning to play the guitar on my own, he helped me correct many poor habits, and understand how to get a better sound. He introduced me to music theory, and helped me learn my way around the instrument. He breaks down very complex information and makes it understandable. I learned more from him in a few months than years of searching around the internet.

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Kailyn Jan 24, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

He makes learning fun and easy

Mike Jan 23, 2017
Harmonica · Online

I have enjoyed and learned from my lessons with James

Marilou Jan 23, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

At 61 years old I wanted a challenge, and that was to learn how to play the bass guitar. Having had absolutely no previous training, and being quite terrified, James gave me the confidence that this was possible to achieve.

His knowledge to teach a simple approach in the theory of music, his patience, and ability to instruct in a way that makes sense, made learning exciting for me.

Highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in going beyond what they think they're capable of in a caring one on one environment. :)

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Blake Jan 15, 2017
Guitar · Online

Just the first lesson so hard to judge but James was very professional and seems like he is heavy on technique as well as theory which will be good for me, looking forward to applying myself and seeing if I can get some good playing skills

Michael C. Jan 6, 2017
Guitar · In home

James is knowledgeable about the subject and has a technique to teaching that makes it fun and enjoyable to learn and encourages you to practice. His process is methodical as well as informative but he also brings in the student's technique to make sure you're developing properly when it comes to applying what is taught theoretically.

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Joshua Aug 13, 2016
Singing · In studio

Jimmy is very locked in as an instructor.

I struggled with some of his instructions at first but he will push and guide you in the direction you need to go. With this guidance comes exercises physical as well as verbal. He will paint pictures so you understand your instrument better. Then use exercises so you can understand what those pictures actually are.

He understands all his crafts very well and wants you to be able to do the same.

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Andrew Aug 10, 2016
Country Guitar · In home

I've only taken 5 lessons with Jimmy, but I have already learned more than a lot of my friends who have been playing guitar for years! I'm really grateful for all the help Jimmy has given me in such a short time!

walter Jul 27, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

The lessons I received were informative and useful to expand my playing of the guitar

Casey Jul 21, 2016
Harmonica · Online

Brand new music student learning harmonica. Jimmy has been great working with a new student having no background in music. He provides both music theory and simple to follow instructions for learning to play. Taking lessons online has not been an issue. Follow-up for each lesson is provided by email and Jimmy is very responsive to questions between lessons.

I'll continue taking lessons with Jimmy and expand to other instruments.

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Susan Jul 7, 2016
Harmonica · Online

James was great! He clearly showed me some basic steps in learning how to play the Harmonica and I am looking forward to more lessons with him. He has a very pleasant and easy-going manner.

Cheryl Jun 28, 2016
Country Singing · Online

GREAT explaining! TY James

Doug May 16, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for years now for music theory, acoustic guitar, singing, recording, and now songwriting. Its awesome to have all those options in one place. Jimmy has a lot of experience when it comes to writing songs and it shows in the way he teaches. He always shows excitement towards the new songs I bring to him, and encourages me to keep writing. He has taught me how easy it can be to create songs, while taking what he has taught me with music theory to push the song to the next level. The best part is when I decide I like a song, he has the ability to record it for me in his studio. This process of recording and listening to what you have created is invaluable. I always look forward to lessons with Jimmy and highly recommend him.

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Anne May 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've been taking acoustic guitar lessons with Jimmy for a year and a half. When I started with Jimmy, I had no music theory background... none. I know I still have a lot more to learn, but now I am familiar with concepts including modes, constructing the diatonic major scale, sharps and flats, the circle of fourths and fifths... the list goes on. Jimmy has even guided me through transposing a chord progression. I could go on, but to summarize, because of Jimmy's teaching style, willingness to answer questions, and music knowledge, I now know a lot about how music works. :-)

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Anthony R. May 9, 2016
Music Theory · Online

As Jim states on his bio, he teaches from age 8 and up. I'm one of his "up" students who's been playing guitar for a few years, but never took time to learn theory because I thought it was too confusing or difficult to learn. After being stuck in a rut for the past 30 years, I finally realized that I could be a guitar player, instead of just playing guitar, by understanding WHY I'm playing what I playing. I planned to take a few lessons to see how it would go. That was 4 months ago. Now when I pick up my guitar, I have a plan and am excited to learn more each week. Jim's approach to teaching theory makes it clear for anyone of any age or expertise. If you're young and want to learn the right way, Jim will teach you the right way. For us older folks, I found out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks... I highly recommend Jimmy!

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Dave May 9, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

I have been taking songwriting with James for 4 months now. I have learned so much in that time. I still continue to grow my songwriting skills with his lessons. I would recommend James if you’re looking for songwriting lessons.

Richard May 6, 2016
Harmonica · In studio

My lesson with James was excellent
He is quite good, very personable and has great musical knowledge
Looking forward to my next lessons!

Richard May 3, 2016
Harmonica · In studio

Outstanding
Enjoyed my lesson
Looking forward to the next

Alton Apr 13, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I enjoyed the lesson very much!

Xiaotian Mar 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

He is very nice and patient, and my first class was so good. I am very looking forward to the next class

Dave Feb 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

James is a great teacher. I have been taken singing and songwriting lessons with James for around two months now. I have learned a lot of skills and confidence, I never thought I could have. James also makes sure he’s going through the lesson at a speed you feel comfortable with.

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Aiden Z. Feb 23, 2016
Singing · In studio

I really love James, not only because his understanding of vocal techniques but also because of his humor and easy-goingness.

Reid M. Feb 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

great teacher

Maria D. Feb 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

First lesson was very interesting and can't wait to move forward !!

Susan De Angelis Feb 10, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I've met James weekly for the past five weeks and I'm very happy with the experience. I'm new to acoustic guitar and these are my first lessons - James is patient and teaches the basics about the instrument, music theory and introduces chords, movement and reading in a way that logically builds. He is approachable and in tune (pun intended) with my learning curve. I look forward to each lesson and learning to play a little better each week!

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Sean Jan 31, 2016
Drum · In studio

I've been taking lessons for a year and I really enjoy Jimmy's approach. Jimmy takes the time to explain the proper technique for everything, including the different ways to hold the sticks.

He is always available to answer questions which really helps between lessons.

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John David "JD" Woods Jan 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Soon to be sainted for his patience. Highly recommend Jim for his manner and positive approach.

Anthony R. Jan 19, 2016
Guitar · Online

First lesson and so far so good!

Kevin K. Jan 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I used to play drums, but since I live in a small studio apartment, I had to give it up for a while. I decided to take guitar lessons as a replacement. I did some research online for teachers and based on the reviews and videos, I decided to contact Jimmy.

I knew nothing about guitar, music theory, scales, chords, etc...nothing! I was nervous and overwhelmed about learning and studying it all. I've been taking lessons for about three months now and within the first month, I was already learning scales and chords. Jimmy's structure is very efficient and thorough and tries to make the learning process easier for his students to understand.

As a person, Jimmy is cool, laid back and very down to earth. He's very flexible if you need to re-schedule a lesson. He's always available by phone/text or email if you have any questions or if you're stuck trying to figure something out. The stuff he teaches and the advice he gives will definitely help you apply it for when you perform or jam with other musicians. A quote he repeatedly says has stuck to me: "It's not about practice, practice, practice...it's about WHAT you practice." And it's true. Jimmy will teach you how to be a trained musician, not just an average guitar player.

Even though it's only been three months, I've learned so much! I really look forward to where I'll be in the next few months/years. He's also giving me the opportunity to get back into drumming! I'm very glad I decided to take lessons with Jimmy!

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John Dec 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Very friendly and patient, knows his music theory as well as his instruments.

ryan lehman Dec 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Very helpful and great sense of humor

Lorenzo M. Dec 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Patient, knowledgeable, professional

david R. Oct 13, 2015
Singing · In home

Friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I learned a lot.

Daniel C. Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for a few months now. I have seen great improvement with my skill and overall knowledge of the guitar and music. He is a very patient teacher while being able to push you to achieve your best. He is very flexible with scheduling and any time I have an issue he works with me to reschedule. Overall I really enjoy learning from Jimmy and will continue to take lessons with him. I highly recommend working with him!

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Ryan P. Sep 10, 2015
Music Theory · In studio

I have been studying with Jim for almost two years now. He has a great structure to his studying that creates an organized and focused outcome. He is very personable and can take on any types of students. Jim makes a comfortable environment for any student to enjoy learning and to have a great instructor as well. Highly Recommend!!

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Tom Sep 9, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Started with Jim Back in Feb 2015...Im in my 50's and didn't have a clue, my girl gave me a guitar for Christmas and new it was on my bucket list to learn, and learn I did with Jim. Patience and clear, no pressure lessons are what I got. All I wanted to do is sit in my yard and play something that sounded like something, lol.... I am slowly getting better and better as long as I keep to my practice and Jim is always there to help even when I am not in class so to speak. He answers you phone calls and texts if u have questions or forgot something, even sends videos if u need it... Glad I got on board with this guy and I am hoping for more and more enjoyment from my instrument...Give him a shot, I did and pretty sure you wont be disappointed

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Paul Pisano Sep 8, 2015
Harmonica · In studio

Jim has a natural talent for teaching, he is knowledgeable and patient. Almost completed my first 5 lessons and I have already signed up for several more.

Alex Krasner Sep 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Jimmy has a very in-depth approach to teach music, starting from the fundamentals and building on top of them. I've been studying acoustic guitar and mainly music theory with Jimmy for the past 3 months with no prior music knowledge, and I believe I already learned a huge amount about music.

I prefer taking the 1 hour lessons each week, since it provides enough time to think about the material being taught and to ask meaningful questions. I believe Jimmy's objective is to get the student to think about music critically, not just to memorize information.

I fully enjoy the lessons and think they are worth the effort and time!

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Anne Sep 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've been taking lessons for almost a year, and am still very happy with Jimmy's teaching technique and content. He continues to explain things clearly and lessons are still fun. He challenges but is not unreasonably demanding because he understands that there are other things going on in life.

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Suvasri Sep 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My 11y daughter started guitar with James. James is giving her a nice learning experience by combining the basic theory and playing songs. My daughter loves playing guitar and enjoys the class very much. I am happy that she started learning guitar with James. He is a dedicated teacher.

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James Sep 7, 2015
Music Theory · In studio

Jimmy teach music not just guitar. He teaches common senses ways to make it easy to understand and retain. He is an excellent teacher

Kapil S. Sep 6, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Jimmy is a great music teacher. He blends music theory and application in the right proportion to suit your needs. By teaching the fundamentals of music theory, he enables you to build a strong foundation. It's challenging for me to find time to practice but music lessons from Jimmy inspires me to make time to practice and dig deeper into music theory. The best part about his teaching style is that he structures and adapts his lessons to ensure that the student is having fun learning.

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Walter Sep 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

If you want to learn the correct way and understand the why behind it he's your guy. James's (Jimmy's) enthusiasm and love of music shows in all he does, from lessons to recording, I wholeheartedly recommend Jimmy Ruperto!!

Onur Has Sep 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Jimmy is one of the best instructors I have come across. Not only does he have tremendous knowledge and experience but he makes his students feel welcomed and brings a personal connection with the student rather than the other instructors who were straight to the point. I went through music theory which helped me a lot because history of music and the roots of it really is a fundamental value to have when picking up any instrument. I recommend jimmy to anyone who has been thinking about music, who's never know how to play music and who has been scared to start again because of prior instructors. Jimmy can help with all.

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Ashmit G. Sep 6, 2015
Singing · In home

Well, if we get to only chat for 20 minutes and with no hint of music, how is that a music lesson. Quite disappointed.

Christian C. May 20, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson. Jimmy is polite, personable, punctual, professional and easy going. He set the tone for what is expected and what steps to take to become a successful musician.
Can't wait for my next lesson!

Jen N. Apr 15, 2015
Dulcimer · Online

James was very flexible about working with my schedule. He's also very patient and clear, and works well with students of any level. He clearly knows his stuff, backwards and forwards, and is happy to help everyone get to the next level. I'm enjoying working with him!

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Jana N. Apr 13, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

James is very kind and patient! He worked well with my daughter and she truly felt comfortable with him! I highly recommend him if you are looking for a vocal teacher!

Tim M. Apr 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for 3 months now and have learned so much in that time. I was excited to learn the acoustic guitar, but a bit nervous since I have never taken any type of musical lesson or have ever had any success with learning an instrument. Jimmy's patience and fun personality put me at ease right away. I am an elementary teacher of over 20 years, so I could tell that I had made the right choice in coming to Jimmy for lessons. Jimmy takes the time to teach music theory, which I appreciate, and answers any questions that have. He is a very dedicated musician whose experience and knowledge become apparent as he teaches his students, and when you view his studio. He is very reliable, always getting back to me quickly when I correspond with him. If I have had to change lesson days due to weather or family commitments, he is always understanding and flexible. I highly recommend him to other perspective students and look forward to growing as a musician with him as my teacher!

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Anne L. Mar 23, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

A friend and I talked about learning to play the guitar. This friend gave me a gift of my first lesson three months ago, and I've already learned a lot more than I ever expected in such a short time. Jimmy is such a knowledgeable teacher, and a very patient guy, There have been several times when I've asked him to review something he's taught me. He explains things clearly and in a respectful way, never making me feel inadequate. I am learning so much about music theory and why he is teaching me what he's teaching, and that helps things make more sense. (Well, most things! Haha!) I highly recommend Jimmy as a teacher and thank my friend Tim for such a great gift.

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Jack M. Feb 19, 2015
Singing · In home

Over the past 2 months, I’ve found Jimmy to be a phenomenal teacher. While I’ve spent my whole life experimenting with my voice, what I’ve learned in these past months has completely transformed both how I understand singing and my voice itself. No doubt, I still have a long way to go, but over this short period of time, I really cannot believe how much Jimmy has already helped me tap into a fullness and range I never thought my voice had.

I think what’s best about Jimmy is he fully understands what it takes to become a good singer, and how to fully find one’s singing voice. I will admit, the exercises Jimmy has you perform seem a bit odd at first, but it’s all part of the learning process to understand the mechanics of how to sing properly. Like all things worthwhile, results don’t happen overnight (although a couple months isn’t too shabby), but I can promise that if you study with Jimmy, you will have a teacher who has walked the path, knows it backwards and forwards, and will be able to help train you to sing fuller, healthier, and typically with more range. Furthermore, Jimmy tailors your lessons to your genre of choice!

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

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Edward R. Jan 18, 2015
Singing · In studio

He is awesome instructor my son is autistic and he took his time with him and he focuses and completes his lessons with great excitment

Patrick F. Dec 27, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Jimmy is a great instructor. He takes you seriously no matter what you skill or knowledge level is. When I started with Jimmy I could play guitar but generally only Cowboy chords.

Jim was patient, he analyzed how I played , what I knew and he tailored lessons around what I knew. That way I got the most out of my time and money spent. I can go on and on about Jimmy but for you sake I'll just say that I highly recommend him

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Diana M. Dec 1, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Jimmy is the best vocal teacher around. I call him my vocal coach because his teaching is more like coaching. He allows you to develop at your own pace. He does not rush you. His patience and diligence to help you develop your abilities as a singer demonstrates how much he cares for you to be your very best in a short period of time. His recording studio is state of the art in that you feel you are a professional singer recording your music. He is the best out there!

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Samantha V. Nov 30, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've had lessons with Jimmy for a year. I didn't talk with him as much during our lessons in the beginning but soon, I was able to laugh and really start talking with him. As a teacher, Jimmy makes sure that you're comfortable learning with him from day 1. He slowly eases into the learning of music theory and how the guitar works. He makes sure that you stay interested while learning what's necessary about music. You can tell that he has a enormous passion for music, that he's even made mine evolve to the point where not only am I learning how to play the guitar, but singing as well! Having learned from him, I was able to stay relaxed and comfortable. He makes sure to understand the way you learn and uses it to help drive your passion to the right direction. Learning from him was one of the best choices I've made. And choosing him as your teacher will be one of the greatest experiences you'll have!

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Sharon O. Nov 30, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Jimmy for about six months. She has learned a lot about the guitar in general, as well as music as a whole, and I love to hear her strumming away in her bedroom. Jimmy is a patient and kind teacher, he's very good with kids and my daughter looks forward to her lessons with him all week. I am astounded by how much she's learned in just six short months.

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Tim P. Nov 24, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for 3 years and could not ask for a better teacher. He makes my interest grow and has a wealth of knowledge and the patience to share it. He challenges me regularly. I only wish I had found him sooner as previous instructors never had the flexibility or patience that Jimmy has.
Learning in such a relaxed environment has worked very well for me. My son has since started lessons with Jimmy as well and it has become a great experience for both of us.

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Ro B. Nov 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jimmy's patience with my 6 year-old son was remarkable. I was reluctant to start him so young, but Jimmy explained things in a way he could understand, and always encouraged him to ask questions. My son learned so much, and he was really excited to learn, thanks to Jimmy's calm demeanor and skill as a teacher. I would recommend Jimmy to ANYONE that wants to learn, he is a wonderful teacher!

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Al Z. Nov 17, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jimmy is just unbelievable. He's friendly, and always finds the positive in the process of teaching. I've studied guitar, and recorded vocals in his studio.
He makes himself available, and is gracious when circumstances prevents the lesson for that week. Given my busy schedule, I've had to stop the guitar lessons. However, I just saw that they may be able to be done online?...If that's the case, please contact me Jimmy. I'd love to re-start asap.
Best regards,

Al

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Brian C. Nov 9, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've been taking lessons with Jimmy for over a year now. He's a great instructor and really takes the time out to ensure I understand and grasp all the concepts he teaches. Learning in his studio has been fun and inspiring because I get to experience what it's like to record music. It's also a very useful in hearing myself recorded so I can play it back and see where I can improve. Jimmy is a great guy and a true professional. I would highly recommend taking lessons with him.

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Amy K. Nov 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My son Ben has been taking lessons with Jimmy for over a year now and his progress is astounding. He had previously taken lessons with someone else and in just a few months with Jimmy far surpassed what he learned in 9 months elsewhere. Jimmy is affordable, helpful and really breaks down what is needed to successfully play guitar for a beginner and is pushing Ben further as he grows. TAKE LESSONS WITH JIMMY!!!!! :)

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Marissa R. Nov 4, 2014
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James is a really great teacher with his clear explanations and making sure you really understand him. He will test you on the things he taught you to make sure you're not forgetting. I take theory lessons and guitar lessons with him, so I'm tested all the time. He's serious with his work, but he makes it fun and enjoyable. It really is fun and a great way to get what you want from learning music. It is DEFINITELY worth it to take lessons with him. If you don't, then you're missing out on great experiences.

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Russ G. Nov 3, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Jimmy now for over 2 years. Jimmy's understanding and patience goes above and beyond what you can ask for in a teacher and mentor. Every time I step foot into his studio I walk out inspired to want to learn more and create. Jimmy will change gears during a lesson if the student wants to go in a different direction that day. Nothing throws him off and I know he has his students best interest at heart! I have taken lessons with another teacher in the past and I have never had the personalization that I have with Jimmy. His availability goes above and beyond and is always available if you have any questions. You will learn so much and be so inspired to make music!

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Pranav R. Nov 1, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been learning for past 3+ years with Jimmy and I got to tell you he a great teacher. I have lot of respect for him and his teachings. Not only he teaches guitar lessons he give me advise for personal developments. Three major things I like about Jimmy: He is available anytime to answer questions, He records lessons for me to practice at home and a clean studio.
Finally, I strongly recommend taking classes from Jimmy and I am sure you will see the difference and enjoy his teachings.

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paul M. Oct 31, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Well they say you get good things late in life such is the case with jim rupperto.
I’ve studying with jim now for 6 yrs i’m 63 always wanted to play the classic lead guitar players page, frampton, clapton etc after going through 8 guitar teachers finally found jim at this age and its been the most rewarding experience of my life I’ve learned so much from jim its unimaginable I’m at a level I thought I would never reach composing my own music learning music theory which I had a good handle but Jim brings it to another level. I really don't know what to say, but i will say this if your young don't waste time see jim immediately for an experience you won't forget. I will definitely continue to study with jim, because I know theres even more to learn and I really enjoy our sessions together they are very stimulating and rewarding. thanks for your time palm

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Meghan C. Oct 29, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Jimmy was one of the best teachers I had. He really taught me so much and made me a more comfortable singer and come out of my shell. I learned so much in the short time with him and I would recommend anyone to take lessons with him. He knows everything there is about music and is one hell of a good teacher!

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Edna M. Oct 29, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Jim explains music theory in such an easy to understand way. He goes step by step from the beginning. At every lesson we would review what I learned in previous lesson. I have taken music theory at mercer county college and I have to say that I learned more from Jim than I did in a whole semester. I highly recommend him.

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Douglas B. Oct 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for about 3 years now and couldn't be happier. I remember being amazed at how quickly I progressed early on, which instantly got me hooked. He focuses hard on your guitar foundation as well a your music theory foundation, not just on how to play a few songs. Since Jimmy has his own studio, you have the capability to record your own songs as much as you would like. The studio also provides a new way of learning that no where else offers by going through your own recordings step by step to pinpoint problem areas. I look forward to going to Jimmy's every week. He is a funny, kind and easy to talk to guy with a passion for what he does.

-Doug

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zak Z. Oct 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I would recommend Jimmy to anyone that is serious about learning guitar or music theory. With his strategic approach to teaching the material, you will not only understand music, but you will know how to create your own right on the spot. His lessons are very knowledgeable and most of all fun. He is a patient teacher and will guide you on the correct path you so can become the greatest musician in a very short time. I have been training with him for little over a year and my skills already surpassed others that have been for multiple years. Teachers like Jimmy are rare and very hard to find. If you are serious about music then you should train with Jimmy. See the results faster than you ever thought were possible.

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Kenny E. Oct 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Jimmy is a great guitar teacher with a great approach. He helps you build a rock solid foundation for playing the guitar, which makes it easier to just sit down and play. This foundation includes calisthenics for the fingers, and learning music theory. Combined these elements make playing the guitar feel more natural, and more fun than site reading out of a Mel Bay book. He always follows up on previous lessons by quizzing you on previous material. Jimmy's a great teacher and I'd recommend him for all ages and all experience levels.

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Nicole D. Oct 28, 2014
Drum · In home

Jimmy is the best instructor ever!! I went into playing drums not really having any knowledge of music what so ever. I have been playing for 7 months now and I have learned so much. He is so encouraging and is always giving you positive feedback on how your doing and it makes you feel good about yourself and how you play. I am always learning new things about my instrument and how important my roll as a musician is no matter who I am playing with or for. With Jimmy the lessons might be once a week but he is always there no matter what day or time to help you out with any questions you may have. He is the best there is no one else like him!!! Every lesson is fun and I look forward to going every week!!

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Kaushik P. Oct 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio

My son always wanted to learn guitar! As my school district offers variety of music lessons, I thought private lesson would be more enjoyable. Close friend refereed us to James and my son is taking private lessons since last June. James has strong knowledge in music and he has fun way of teaching. His studio space is also very professional. My son is enjoying every lesson and he is learning at steady speed. James is a great teacher.

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David G. Oct 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I had been playing guitar for a few years prior to taking lessons with Jimmy and I was able to play and learn songs but that's it. I wanted to understand how and why music worked. Jimmy was able to explain what I wanted to learn along with helping me improve what I already knew while helping to break bad habits I didn't know I had. Excellent teacher and easy to learn from.

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Niraj D. Oct 24, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jimmy is an awesome guitar teacher! A couple of yrs. ago, my 12 year old son was looking at getting professional guitar training, because though he was interested, he had very little k/w etc..and one of his friend's Dad recommended Jimmy.
You can see right away, that Jimmy is excellent with kids..and my son seems to enjoy every session with him. Jimmy's coaching technique is worth a mention as well. He makes it a point to make your basics very strong, which equips the person with enough skill to actually 'create' their own music versus simply 'copying' an existing song etc. I've been thoroughly satisfied sending my son to Jimmy for guitar sessions and the result shows. I see my son now playing quite fluently...and with confidence and will try and take a shot at making the cut for his High School's music/guitar team.

Also, looking at some of the other music instruments displayed in his studio, does seem Jimmy's a very talented musician, well versed in several areas.

Finally, Jimmy's studio is one nice n cozy place, where parents can do office work, sit and stretch out, watch TV, read and doze off or simply watch their kids learn guitar. I like being there as well :).

- Niraj

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Darryl C. Oct 23, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been playing the guitar for over 20 years, on and off.At first I just wanted to learn a few songs and impress people. I LOVE music and really wanted to play for myself. i have taken lessons from multiple people. Taking lessons with Jimmy took me to a new level. I thought I just wanted to to play fast but Jimmy taught me technique, music theory, composition, live playing concepts. I have learned more with Jimmy in 1 year than 4- 5 years with other teachers. The Light Bulb is on and I am playing better then I could imagine. BTW: people are impressed but I don't care, because I love music!

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