James Vanvalkenburg

James V.

Baton Rouge, LA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing piano for 40 plus years and have taught many different age groups. I like to teach students to read music and play various types of chords, scales and progressions. I also teach students to play by ear and learn to improvise. I will keep lessons fun, engaging, interesting and challenging.

Listed below are some of the teaching books that I use.

WP201 - Bastien Piano Basics - Piano Level 1

WP202 - Bastien Piano Basics - Piano - Level 2

WP203 - Bastien Piano Basics - Piano Level 3

Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course: Lesson, Theory, Technic (Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course)

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One

Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book 2: Learn How to Play
Piano with Lessons, Theory, and Solos (Alfred's Basic

About James V.

I am a bilingual singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. I studied at Louisiana State University and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. I also studied voice and music theory in the LSU School of Music.
With over 25 years of teaching experience, music and languages have been lifelong passions of mine. One of my greatest desires as an instructor is to help students discover their God given abilities and talents, and then help cultivate and grow what they already have. I am committed not only to pass on information to students, but to also inspire them to excellence.

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Caleb
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It would be one thing if it was just that James (and his entire family) we incredibly musically talented and gifted, but James is patient, kind, unrelenting in doing this with excellence, and man of integrity. All of these qualities make him an excellent teacher in every way.

Posted Feb 13, 2020
Petra
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Mr. James has been our daughter’s teacher for 3 years now. He is truly amazing. He is a great teacher, our daughter loves him. He is very patient, encouraging and understanding, very flexible and talented.

Posted Feb 13, 2020
Paul

James is an amazing musician and teacher. He is kind, talented, and patient with his students. I’ve known him for decades and I’ve only seen him operate with integrity, fairness, and dedication. You will never regret taking James’ lessons.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Ethan
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James was a great teacher to me! Went above and beyond to teach me. He was very patient with me and really gave me the tools I needed to lead worship at church! I recommend him.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Carla
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James instructed my son in guitar. Not only is he a knowledgeable teacher but he is an accomplished musician who makes the learning fun and instills an excitement in the kids to learn and grow in their skills. He instructs the basics but also gives them skills they can put into practice quickly to be encouraged in what they are learning. My son now leads in worship and has pursued his gifting.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Imelda
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My 100% highest recommendation for my piano teacher Mr. James.
He has been very patient and he has provided custom private lessons to strengthen my piano weakness.
My work schedule, is very demanding, but Mr. James always find time to accommodate my lessons.
He is also very encouraging, without putting pressure, which makes me enjoy each lesson. He manner of teaching is very professional and excedes my expectations.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Kathleen
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Mr. James Vanvaulkenburg is such a wonderful teacher and man. He is a fine Christian man that is so patient and has a very easy going nature. He is a father of eight and each one has become an accomplished artist of the piano and at least one other instrument. Mr. Vanvaulkenburg was their teacher.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Melissa
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James helps each student feel comfortable with the level they are at while challenging them to reach higher. He is kind, personable, and highly professional. We are so thankful to have him as our daughter's piano teacher!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Robin
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Mr. James taught both my children piano. They each have very different learning styles ( my son’s attention span being a big challenge). Mr. James is a very gifted teacher and was successful in creating an excitement and love of music in my children. I would highly recommend him for all ages- a phenomenal teacher!!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Dina
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James has been teaching piano to our son for the last several months. Our son LOVES his lessons! James has been great at personalizing the experience to styles our son enjoys while also challening him to progress and try new things. It's been so refreshing to have music lessons that our son looks forward to instead of lessons that he complains about.

James has also been flexible to help us find time slots that mesh with our busy travel schedule.

We wholeheartedly recommend James V!

Posted Jan 31, 2020
David
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James has taught both of my children and they tell me he is their favorite teacher they have EVER had. We love the way they have learned to read music and to play by ear with James. He comes alongside your kids rather than their other past teachers whom they seemingly feared. They respond to his personality, methods, and his heart of gold; my children are better musicians and young people because of James.

Posted Jan 30, 2020
Anna
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Excellent piano teacher! He is patient, very knowledgeable, and all around wonderful!

Posted Jan 30, 2020

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Experience

Spanish Tutor
Sep 1994 - Present

Self Employed

I have tutored/taught beginner/intermediate/advanced One on One and Small Group Spanish classes.

Private Piano and Guitar Intructor
Sep 1994 - Present

Self Employed

I have been teaching one on one music lessons in piano and guitar since 1994. I have taught as many as 40 students/week. I am currently teaching my music lessons at at a local neighborhood Church by the Name of First New Testament in South Baton Rouge located at 3235 Aubin Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70816

High School Spanish Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2017

Brighton Academy in Baton Rouge

Taught High school students Spanish 1 and 2

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Aug 1989 - May 1994

LSU

Languages

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

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