Michael James

Michael J.

Visalia, CA

About Michael J.

Michael teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: October 1983
Last sign in: Within two months


I have been involved in music all of my life. As a child I played trumpet in band and sang in school and church choirs. My favorite movies were musicals and they still are my favorite. Music was my major in college, which included singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. I like all types of music. As a school teacher, I taught 3rd. grade through high school, everything from band and choir to musical theater. I also taught private students, of all ages, piano, guitar, voice and most of the wind instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to learn the basics of music theory, such as melody, harmony, key signature and rhythm. I want my students to have fun by learning the kind of music they like best while learning to appreciate the kind of music that will develop their musical skills. Piano books like John Schaum and guitar books like Mel Bay's Guitar Method are good books to learn to read music and learn the proper way to play your instrument. Scale exercises are important for instrumental, as well as, vocal students. I use a practice log and CD-DVD recordings of my students so they can see and hear their progress. At the end of 6 months I want my students to play their favorite songs in 3 different keys. C, G and F Major.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room: Two keyboards, guitars, sound equipment, PA system, computers, seating for parents (he encourages it!)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their own inst. I have one of every inst. to demo. except piano and guitar which I have 2 of each.

*** Specialties ***
Open-minded to all music. I specialize in performance. I help my students with their look, as well as, their sound. I know how to bring out the best in my students.

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7 Reviews on Michael J.

Sean W. Jun 23, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Enjoyed 1st lesson on learning my 2nd instrument.
Tod B. Aug 4, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
It’s one thing to have the gift of teaching music, which Michael does. It’s another, entirely, to be able to relate to young students in a way that fires them up and keeps them excited.
Tod B. Jun 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We couldn't be happier with Michael. His passion and expertise are what you'd want from a teacher (clarinet + guitar), but beyond this, he's a kind, patient man who really took the effort to reach my son outside of just the lesson. This made a huge difference when it comes to keeping my son engaged.

Considering lessons? Go with Michael.
Tod B. Oct 29, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is simply awesome. My son has been through lessons before, but they neer inspired him to practice or take his clarinet seriously. Michael's joy and interest not just in music, but in who Justice is, has made a big difference. Thanks, Michael!
PaulR Jul 14, 2012
Learning made fun

Michael is very informative and fine tunes to where you are at on a vocal level.So far I have learned a lot about vocals and am improving right off the bat.
MeharZ Apr 4, 2012

He is pretty awesome. He is really friendly and he knows exactly how to work with the student in a way which is comfortable and fun. He's very organized and supportive. I can actually hear myself getting better. Really good teacher!
TomH1 Jan 20, 2012
Fun, broad range

But I need more discipline. Like definite lessons and practice homework. He would be good for beginning students.
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