James Rossi
Melbourne, FL
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James Rossi

James R.

Melbourne, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
What a joy it is to play the piano!!! I have been playing piano and organ for over 35 years and teaching piano for over 25 years. One of my greatest joys is seeing people learn how to use their gift of music in making music through piano playing. I am happy to work with you at whatever level you are and whatever pace suits you. Some people learn faster than others and some in different ways. I will work with you to make sure you thoroughly enjoy your piano playing experience!

About James R.

How exciting that you are thinking about learning to play the piano!!! One of my greatest joys in life has been sharing my gift of music with others, especially in teaching piano lessons. I began playing piano when I was 10 years old and by the age of 12 I was playing in my local church. I'm sure I wasn't the best but I was the most eager and many people encouraged me in my learning. By the time I was 16, I was playing piano and organ in a large local church and leading a small choir. I have been in church ministry for over 35 years and have taught many students over the past 25 years. The one thing I have learned and enjoyed is bringing out the expression of music that each person has. Everyone is unique and different and I love to see how music is expressed by each person. I am a patient person (at least when it comes to teaching piano) and I want each student to enjoy their piano playing experience. I will work with you at your pace, not mine. We'll have fun while learning! You will enjoy your piano learning experience!

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Arpana
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Cannot even begin to describe how amazing Mr. Rossi is! My 9 year old has been with him for a year & absolutely loving piano lessons! He is truly the definition of a good teacher-not only is he kind & patient, but you can tell he truly loves to teach & is great with kids!

Posted Nov 14, 2020
Pat
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Jim is my first piano teacher ever. I was so lucky to connect with him through a friend. I admit I didn’t know a note from nothing!
I have learned to read music, amazing statement coming from me. I have always wanted to learn to read music and play the piano, guitar, or some instrument.
When I retired I decided to take piano lessons to fulfill my wish and to learn something new.
Jim is so patient and understanding, I don’t believe another teacher would have been able to keep be going.
He knows exactly what my bad habits are and is trying to help me break them with great suggestions! For one,
I like to look at the keys while playing.
If you want to learn to play piano, Jim is your man!

Posted Nov 13, 2020
Rita
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Excellent teacher, very patient.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
Lynda
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Have had one lesson so far with James. Seems competent and sensitive to what you want to do with your goals. Really too early for me to tell for sure.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
Pat

Jim is a great teacher, he makes you feel like you are really doing good playing the piano.
There is no pressure and he never is in a bad mood!
If you are having trouble with a certain part of a lesson, he repeats what is being taught in a totally different way.
He even knows what you are doing wrong and helps you correct that problem. Always in a level voice as he understands.
I am a Senior student and have never taken music lessons before. I am very pleased with Jim’s teaching methods.
This your chance to learn something new and beautiful and be proud of yourself. I recommend these lessons totally!

Posted Jan 31, 2020
Jaclyn
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James has been the best teacher for my 5 year old daughter . I am so thankful he has been such a guidance in teaching her the fundamentals of piano all while making it fun and interesting !! It’s amazing to see what she has learned in such a short amount of time .

Posted Jan 31, 2020
Carmen B.
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Mr Rossi is a wonderful teacher. After 6 months, our daughter played at the Christmas service last year. Very thoughtful towards the needs of the student.

Posted Nov 24, 2019
AP
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Mr. Rossi is amazing! He’s very kind, patient & you can tell he has a true passion of music & to teach. My 8 yr old absolutely loves him & looks forward to his weekly lessons!

Posted Nov 5, 2019
Pat
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I have never played a musical instrument or taken lessons. And yet I love music. When I retired I decided to take piano lessons. A friend referred me to James and honestly raved about his method of teaching.
I have been taking lessons from James for less than two months and I am feeling so confident about everything I have learned so far. I knew nothing about a note or a chord and now I do!
He is a great teacher and so easy to understand. If you don’t get it , he explains a different way until you do.
I told him I was taking lessons for fun and never wanted to be a concert pianist.
I am having great fun with the music and learning is helping me clear up my head.
I very highly recommend James to Seniors and young people. He emanates the love he has for music and teaching it.
Best thing I have done for myself in a very long time. I am very excited about my lessons.

Posted Oct 31, 2019
Jose
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Playing the piano has been my life-long dream and Mr. Rossi is helping me make it come true.
Besides his exceptional talent, he is patient, kind and and a devoted teacher.
He respects and works with my skills, my schedule and my age (50+); and makes every weekly lesson feel like a real accomplishment.
I have listened to his music every Sunday at church and he is definitely the role model I want to follow.
Thank you Mr. Rossi for making me believe in myself...!

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Rita

James is a very caring and patient piano instructor. He is very talented with over 30 years of being an organist. I would highly recommend taking lessons from James.

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Mary
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James is a very talented man. His patience and passion for teaching piano make him one of the best instructors out there! He is extremely knowledgable about piano with over 30 years experience. I highly recommend taking piano lessons from him!

Posted Sep 22, 2019
Max
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Mr. Rossi was the organist and pianist for Our Lady of Lourdes church. He has many years of experience of playing the organ and piano. Mr. Rossi is a great instructor. He understands your skills with piano and sets the lesson to your abilities. Mr. Rossi teaches music theory and not just memorization of songs. Mr. Rossi is very patient too. Mr. Rossi also knows a lot of great books for piano and he uses these in his lessons. He is also very flexible with schedule. I learned a lot of piano skills from Mr. Rossi. He is a great piano teacher.

Posted Sep 22, 2019
Karen
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Mr. Rossi is very patient with our 9 year old. She is a reluctant pianist and can be very stubborn about practice and lessons. He finds things that she likes and focuses on those to keep her entertained, while encouraging her to learn the lesson!
He is also very reasonably priced.

Posted Sep 21, 2019
Patricia
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James is a wonderful, kind, patient teacher. My granddaughter is a student of his and she has made great progress. He has an extremely gentle way about him and his method of teaching. I highly recommend James to anyone, adult or child, looking to learn piano.

Posted Sep 17, 2019
Siobhan B.
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I will start by saying I have had dealings with piano teachers. James is probably the most patient piano teacher, I have ever meet. My daughter has some issues focusing and is easily distracted. He has more than accommodated her. He is also very willing to work with schedules.
I highly recommend James he is a very gifted teacher and player.

Posted Sep 15, 2019
Victoria
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James is one of the most patient and passionate instructors out there. He really takes his time to help his students get the most out of each lesson. His knowledge of music and his incredible talent make him the perfect choice for students of any age or level. Highly recommend.

Posted Sep 14, 2019

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Experience

Organist
Dec 2019 - Present

Chapel of the Holy Family

Piano lessons Teacher
Aug 1984 - Present

Self

I have taught piano and organ lessons for over 35 years. I really enjoy teaching students at all levels!!

Director of Music and Liturgy
Jun 2016 - Sep 2019

Our Lady of Lourdes

Playing piano and organ for a weekend and special services. Directed 25+ member adult choir, children's choir, and handbell choir

Director of Music and Liturgy
Apr 1985 - May 2016

Ss. James and Patrick Parish

Played organ and piano for weekend services. Directed adult and children choirs

Education

Piano, Organ and voice lessons
Sep 1986 - May 1990

Millikin University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Basic Organist Certificate
Feb 2000

National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Proficiency in playing organ for regular services.

Affiliations

American Guild of Organists
Jul 1996
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Jul 1995
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.

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