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James R.
Melbourne, Florida
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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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Mr. Rossi is a great piano and organ instructor. I have been taking piano/organ lessons with him since September 2020 and feel that I have learned a lot since. I especially like his focus on analyzing musical pieces and sight-reading from their. He is a very patient and kind teacher, and every weekly lesson finishes off on a positive note, pun intended. I would ultimately like to play some of Bach's wonderful organ solo pieces and I'm confident Mr. Rossi can get me there.

Posted Dec 22, 2020
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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 15, 2020
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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
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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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