James Smith

James S.

Liverpool, NY

About James S.

Background check: Last verified 11/23/2016
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James teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2013
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi, I'm James! I'm a bassoonist, music teacher and web developer in the Syracuse, NY area. I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and will soon be a certified PK-12 Music teacher in New York. I specialize in woodwinds and guitar, but am just as proficient in brass and other winds and strings. I have several years of experience teaching lessons (and other music-related subjects) in a variety of settings. I am also a freelance web developer, having several years of experience in HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and Bootstrap 3. I've also taught web design courses for several years and have a 100% customer satisfaction rating with my clients. Inexperienced computer users often say something along the lines of "Wow! You're a magician!" when they learn how they can troubleshoot problems on their own.
If you're ready to learn with someone who can personalize your learning experience, motivate you every lesson, and bombard you with animal stickers, reach out to me!


Music Counselor

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Appel Farm Arts Camp

Taught music for 9 weeks in Elmer, New Jersey. Devised lesson plans each day for band, guitar, and orchestra classes for small groups of students, meeting their needs on a daily basis. Gave several concerts, including a Fourth of July parade and two large showcases.

Student Teacher: Music

Mar 2016 - May 2016
Geneva High School

Led a high school concert band and taught piano at the high school in Geneva, NY. Helped improve communication between school and home by starting a blog for the band. Held office hours to encourage students to work towards musical goals that band or piano classes didn't allow time for, such as music arranging and songwriting.

Music and Web Design Counselor

Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Family Math Summer Camps

Taught music and web design courses with campers between first and eighth grade. I taught piano to younger students, and led them in a final concert for their families at the end of each camp week. I also taught HTML, CSS, and JavaScript classes, helping campers talk about issues they find important through the content of a web page.

Student Teacher: Music

Sep 2014 - May 2015
Newfield Elementary School

Taught beginning woodwind and brass lessons to students during the school day. Designed lessons that were engaging to each student, and addressed their own learning style each day.


Bachelor's of Music in Music Education

Aug 2012 - May 2016
Ithaca College


Initial Teaching Certification: Music, PK-12 (New York)

Dec 2016
New York State Department of Education

Certification details available upon request.

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1 Review on James S.

Patrick E. Dec 21, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
James is very friendly and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable with him. Looking forward to many more lessons with him.
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