Jim Roberts

Jim R.

Chapel Hill, NC
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Jim delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

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Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts is a cross-cultural percussionist and producer who welds together American rock/funk/jazz styles with the world music of the African Diaspora and beyond. As an artist his music is diverse and sonically complex and rich. He has recorded with Grammy award winning artist’s Victor Wooten (What Did He Say, Yin Yang, Cookbook, Ancient Hand) and Future Man (The Seamless Script). In 1999, he released Two Traditions, a cross pollination of old time fiddle music and three percussionists featuring the renown Ithaca group, The Horse Flies. In 2000 he co-produced Highway 90, the acclaimed debut album by New Orleans artist Shane Theriot, (Neville Brothers, Hall and Oats). He has performed at Merlefest, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Grass Roots Festival, The Leaf Festival, the Augusta Heritage Festival and on the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, TN.

In 1996, Jim moved to Nashville, TN and began performing with the Wooten Brothers Band at 3rd and Lindsey. He toured and did session work. In 2000, Jim graduated as an engineer/producer from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) and opened Kalimba Studio which he operated till 2006. He released Cape Town’s Waka Waka featuring South African singer Paul Petersen and Memphis Horns founder, Wayne Jackson. He also recorded numerous independent projects and demos. In 2006, he returned to North Carolina and joined the percussion faculty of Elon University. Now in his 11th year, Jim has taught percussion, drum set, 2 classes on the music of the 60’s and 70’s and founded and directed the Elon World Percussion Ensemble from 2008 to present.

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Instructor of Music
Aug 2017 - Present
Elon University

Instructor - private drum set and percussion lessons, Director Elon World Percussion Ensemble, Music History (Music of the 60's and 70's, and The British Invasion)

Freelance Percussionist and Teacher
Jun 1987 - Present
Self employed

Private Teaching Studio (Drum Set, Hand Drums, Snare Drum, Mallets, Timpani, Engineering, Guitar, Beginning Piano)

Drum Class Instructor (Beginning in 1989, organized and taught hand drums techniques with emphasis in West African, Cuban and Brazilian percussion).

Festival drum instructor and performer - (LEAF festival, Grassroots Festival, Black Mountain Festival, Augusta Heritage Festival, Merlefest)

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Band Director
Aug 1985 - Jun 1987
Southern Nash Senior High School

Director of bands - concert, marching, jazz
Jr High Choral Director


MM Percussion
Aug 1983 - May 1985
Northern Illinois University
BM Music Education
Jun 1978 - May 1982
East Carolina University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Solo section from Craicdown concert at the American Tobacco Campus for WUNC Back Porch Music concert series.
Teaching class at Orange County High High School


4 Reviews

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SUSAN Dec 13, 2018
Percussion · In studio

It is my pleasure to write about Percussionist, Jim Roberts, who resides and works throughout the greater Triangle region. He is a gifted, natural musician, who willingly shares his drum talents and techniques throughout the community.
Beside Jim's musical talents he is personable, professional, compassionate, and a patient instructor, who treats his drum students as individuals with their unique musical needs.
Personally, I began my drum lessons as an older student, completely new to any previous musical training. He has calmly and patiently guided me to hear and feel rhythm while playing a Djembe drum. While this is my first encounter with musical instruction, I am learning to enjoy music at a level that I had never experienced.
My hope is for Jim to continue patiently guiding me down this musical drumming pathway..

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Renée Oct 14, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Jim is an expert in percussion. We appreciated his flexibility in adjusting his teaching style to match our son's personality.

Jeannie Oct 12, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Both our boys have been taking lessons from Jim for the past five years. One focuses mainly on the drum set while the other focuses on mallets. Instruction has been reliable and excellent. Our boys have made it in to honor bands (e.g. All Districts, All State) and Jim has been a constant support throughout. He is also quite a versatile instructor; he had also had our four children form a band when they were very young. All in all, we highly recommend him as an instructor.

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Joe Oct 11, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Great teacher. Keeps the lessons interesting, challenging, and wants his students to become better musicians.

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