James Saint-Amour
Brooklyn, NY
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James Saint-Amour

James S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musicians, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

About James S.

Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individual. As such I tailor my teaching to the direction that they want to go with drumming.

As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get our hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musician, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

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Annie
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He was awesome. Looking forward to next week

Posted Jun 6, 2019
Ramya M.
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Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.

Posted Jun 28, 2018
Ramin
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Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act

Posted Mar 16, 2018
Stefano
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Jim has been teaching drums to my son for a year and a half. My son is a difficult student, but Jim is patient, attentive and engaging and his lesson are the right mix of fun and rigorous teaching. My son is loving drumming and always looking forward to his next lesson.

Posted Feb 14, 2018
Gabi
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I don't know where to begin, Jim is fantastic, hands down the best music teaching experience I've ever had. He is very knowledgeable on percussion, so well-versed. Jim was really patient with me which I appreciate - since I haven't played the drums in 10 years. But I really picked it back up right away with him, really pleased with the results of our lessons. I highly recommend Jim Saint-Amour as a drum instructor.

Posted Feb 14, 2018
Chris
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Jim is my good friend. He is a master drummer and an even better person. I could not possibly recommend a better teacher for you or your child to take drums lessons with! -Chris

Posted Feb 14, 2018

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Experience

Private Drum Instructor
Jul 2009 - Present

Self-employed

I have taught students of all ages and experience levels. I am currently preparing one of my students for a graded solo performance that will be happening at the local NYSSMA festival this June at NYU. One of my past students had received entry into the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

Group Drum Instructor
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

I worked with students in a summer program who were in grades six, seven, and eight. I taught them hand drumming skills, and how to read basic music notation. At the end of the program, the group performed for all of the campers and the counselors.

Education

Bachelor or Arts in Music and Anthropology
Sep 1992 - May 1996

State University of New York at Oswego

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

10 Week Certificate of Completion
Jul 1996

The Drummers Collective

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