James Vanvalkenburg

James V.

Baton Rouge, LA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students will learn how to read as well as play: notes, chords, scales, songs, common chord progressions, guitar tab, chord charts and a whole bunch more! Ear training, chord theory and improvisation will also be incorporated into the lessons.

I generally walk students through a guitar method book.
( a few examples listed below)

Hal Leonard Guitar Method by Will Schmid Level 1

The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method - Volume 1: Guitar Technique

Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method Grade 1

Some primary goals I have for students are to keep them motivated, interested, inspired and challenged.
I love music, and it should be fun, exciting, and entertaining!

You will learn a lot with me and we'll have a good time doing it!

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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15 Reviews
Taylor P.
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James is an awesome teacher, very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable, highly recommend him!

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Marc dich
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Well I have known James for as long as I can think of his name and I can tell you this he is the best person he knows how to play piano and he can teach anybody anything about piano if there’s somebody want to have teaching your child or you as a person this will be the guy I would go to I wish I had you done it long time ago when I first got to know James normally will see a great friend he is still a good friend well there’s not much I can say or there’s too much I could say book your deal today and get with James and you’ll learn how to play

Posted Feb 27, 2020
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James is an amazing teacher! My son has taken piano lessons from him for several years. James not only taught lessons and theory, he helped my son prepare “Prelude in C Major” by Bach for a school talent show. They also worked on Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie”. One year, James helped him prepare a song to sing at a talent show and even came to the show and accompanied him on piano. My son has written songs that James has helped him refine. When my son showed up with a ukulele, James was able to teach him how to play it as well. We love James!

Posted Feb 27, 2020
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Excellent piano teacher! He is patient, very knowledgeable, and all around wonderful!

Posted Jan 30, 2020

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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


Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Aug 1989 - May 1994




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