James Thompson

James T.

Van Nuys, CA

About James T.

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James teaches: Ages 3 and up
Teaching since: January 1998
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I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.

Photos and Videos

Playing around with a looper peddle on my electric violin to a song everyone will recognize.



Mar 2014 - Present
West LA Symphony Orchestra

Playing Viola in the Orchestra

Lead Violist

Oct 2013 - Present

Lead Violist at the LA Doctors Orchestra. Brought in to help bring the Orchestra together

Music Producer

Jul 2013 - Present

Music producer for my own YouTube Channel AussieJames

Electronic Violinist

Jun 2013 - Present
Aussie James

Electronic Violinist for hire. Have played in Hollywood at such clubs like Bootsy Bellows, Tru, Lure and many private parties

Freelance Studio Musician

May 2013 - Present
Aussie James

Play in many studios recording Violin, Viola and Piano lines for film and artists



Jan 2013 - Mar 2013
"RCM" Royal College of Music

Bachelors Degree

Jan 2004 - Dec 2006

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Diploma in Music AMUS A

May 2001

I received my first Diploma in music at age 14. The School I went to held a special assembly in my honor.


Best Orchestral Instrumentalist

Mar 2005

Music Scholorship

Mar 2002
Carmel School
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24 Reviews on James T.

Sarah J. Oct 5, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Had my first lesson yesterday! James is very patient and thorough in his way of explaining things. Very excited for lesson 2! So happy!
Lucas A. Oct 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
James is really a wonderful piano instructor. Very knowledgable, up-beat and patient - the right combination of attributes to keep our 12 years' old son happy and engaged throughout his entire 45 minute session.
Ruby H. Sep 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Knowledgeable and affable. Great way of positioning things so you can pick up concepts easily. Highly recommend.
Donaco S. Aug 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Perfect first lesson. He gave me just enough info to feel comfortable and just enough homework to not overwhelm me.
Yanjing L. Jul 3, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
James is great teacher! I have learned so much during one single class!
Shawn P. Jun 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Good first lesson, excited for lesson 2
Stephanie B. Mar 15, 2015
Violin · Online
I've always wanted to play the Violin, but finding the time was always an issue for me. Everyone I know who plays an instrument always comments on the hours of practice they have put in. The way James teaches is just incredible! Everything is broken down into easily understandable techniques and it has taken a lot less time that I ever imagined to be able to play the songs I love! After just a few lessons I was even able to play songs that my friends recognise, and everyone's really impressed with my new skills. I'd highly recommend having lessons with James, his patience and understanding are unsurpassed and his approach is just perfect. You'll enjoy every minute!
Amy V. Mar 10, 2015
Piano · In home
James has been teaching me piano for some time now. I've gone from a complete beginner to finally being able to play my favorite songs. I really never thought it was possible! He makes the lessons fun but at the same time informative so I always
know what to practice and I'm never left confused!
Elijah G. Mar 9, 2015
Violin · Online
As an older student, I was stuck on the notion that my ability to play piano was just a dream that more than likely couldn't come to fruition. To my surprise, I was proven wrong quite quickly. Not only was I able learn the proper posture quickly, but James, being ever so patient, led me through a step process that made it clear to me what I needed to do in order play.

Upon recalling my prior instructors in youth, I don't think I remember having such a kind and adept teacher to instruct me. I really do believe that in less capable hands I would not have accomplished nearly what I have so far. Because of James, I am actually learning how to play the violin; something up until him, I thought was never going to happen. I couldn't be more pleased.
Mitch H. Mar 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
James has been really great. He has an easy, effortless way of explaining things and approaching scales and techniques. He's given me the foundation to be able to play the songs I want to play. He's easy-going, knowledgable and fun.

I was just learning for fun, and now it's a big part of my life thanks to James.

I would strongly recommend him to players at any level.
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