James Thomas

James T.

Leominster, MA

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James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Starting lessons can be an intimidating process for sure. Who's my teacher going to be? What will they have me do? What if I can't do what they teach me? How much lesson material am I going to have to keep up with each and every week?
My lessons are set up to suit everyone's needs and skill levels. We put you at ease from the first lesson and will build a program that fits your interests and will inspire you to want to learn more! My students make constant progress and have a lot of fun while doing it. I am very excited for what the future holds and will continue to inspire them to do great things. Many have moved on to become successful musicians and now have something they can enjoy for their lifetime. It gives me great pride and motivation to see the smiles and positive effect it has on each student and their families as they progress and successfully perform throughout the years.

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Performance Degree
Sep 1986 - May 1989
Berklee College of Music


Best of 2015 & 2016
Aug 2016

9 Reviews

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Ryan Jan 19, 2018
Drum · In home

I took lessons from James for quite a while and he is great! He got me started as a kid and was great at getting me prepared for auditions when I was applying to colleges. I definitely recommend taking lessons from James!

Jeanine Jan 19, 2018
Drum ·

Very talented; anyone would be lucky to have James as a teacher.

Anthony Jan 19, 2018
Drum ·

I wish I was able to give James more stars. I took lessons from him since late middle school up until I graaduated high school. I actually switched over from another teacher, and I'm glad I did, otherwise I wouldn't have continued playing. Even though I don't play anymore, I can say that James was able to help me so much not only with the drumming basics, but with the percussion music I had all through high school. He's able to simplify the music, and he is one of the most patient people I know. He will continue to work on something with you until you get it no matter how long it takes. During lessons, James is also able to break it up with his sense of humor and just by making conversation with you. He does this to build a connection with his students and also to get a few laughs out of you. I remember many times when I was on the floor laughing at something he said, while still getting through the lesson material. It was an honor and a pleasure to take lessons from James, and now we are very good friends. He really is the best teacher in the business.

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Scott Jan 19, 2018
Drum ·

Top flight musician. A total professional. Technically proficient while playing with a lot of heart & SOUL. Total groovemeister on the kit.

Tim Jan 18, 2018
Drum · In home

James has been an excellent drum instructor for me, from day one, where I informed him that I had never even held a drumstick before, to today, when I have played a 90-minute set list at a birthday party with a five piece band. James has always been patient with me, while pushing me to play better, learn new techniques, and practice hard. He is an excellent listener, tailoring my lessons to meet my goals.

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Sharon Jan 18, 2018
Drum · In studio

I have always loved the drums and wished that I could play, but never did as a child. I began taking drum lessons in my mid-30s. James is an excellent teacher. Not only is he patient with an awkward adult student, but he was quickly able to adapt his lessons to accommodate my learning style and age. I have taken lessons with James both at my home and at his studio. James is always willing to accommodate my busy work schedule, which I really appreciate. Overall, James is an outstanding instructor and I recommend both James and The Drum Academy highly and without any reservations.

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Matt Jan 18, 2018
Drum · In home

I have been taking lessons from James Thomas for almost 10 years now! I started when I was 8 and I’m almost 18 now! I can’t say anything but great things about James. He has been a huge part of the reason I have stuck with drums and have improved so much over the years! He is able to help me with technique, marching band material, symphonic band and many other things. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking to start taking drum lessons!

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Christine Jan 18, 2018
Drum · In home

James has been my sons drum instructor for the past 12 years. My son started taking lessons at the age of 5 and he is now 17. James has been an amazing teacher for my son. My son wouldn't think of taking lessons from anyone else. James keeps it fun and exciting. I would highly recommend James. He is very talented and a great teacher.

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Cailte Jan 18, 2018
Drum ·

I had the opportunity and privilege of playing alongside James for a few years in a GB band. His versatility and professionalism is what stood out to me. His talent and work ethic is only matched by his knowledge and commitment to his instrument. If you want to learn to play the drums or take your abilities to the next level, James is the perfect guide and teacher to get you there.

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