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James T.

Lancaster, PA

About James

I graduated with a B.A. in Professional Music from Boston's Berklee College of Music. When I first heard about Berklee, I too thought of warm and sunny Berkeley California and not the frigid winters in Boston. Berklee however, is respected world-wide as the musicians music college. Each year, only 3% of students are able to graduate. Advanced freshman placement accelerated all Berklee core requirements by my sophomore year. An early focus on their Advanced Harmony/Theory and Ear Training electives provided the rare opportunity of experiencing Berklee's highest level courses in both departments
. I graduated with Honors in 7 semesters with a cumulative music GPA of 3.6. (Magna Cum Laude). Since graduation, I've been a full-time independent professional musician with over 28 years of experience in all facets of music. Teaching private piano, guitar, and bass students however, is my first love and I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the accomplishments of my students. Since Berklee, I've amassed an extensive teaching library from over 5,000 original lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and musical interests. Acquiring and maintaining private students for over 28 years has been based solely through word-of-mouth referrals from students, parents, and teachers. A high percentage of students perform in bands, record professionally, and teach independently or in schools. Many letters of recommendation have provided college entry and 6 of 8 recommendations to attend Berkee have since graduated. Teaching beginning music students at any age is most important to me however. So many students never get the opportunity to ever realize their potential as was the case with me. From age 12 to 23, I was frustrated as I was only ever taught how to read music. Reading is important, but there's more to what we hear that meets the eye (pun intended I guess). I believe this is one of the reasons most people say, "If only I had stuck with lessons". Every student entering Berklee is told to forget everything they've ever learned up until now. Professional Performance: I've demonstrated over 28 years of professional diversity with a variety of genres (i.e. jazz, rock, blues, classical, etc.) facilitated through an equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass. Versatility has helped to provide over 9,000 solo, band, and free-lance performances at over 2,000 different venues. I've performed bass and keyboard duties simultaneously via split keyboard in original trio for over 15 years with world-respected drummer Clyde Lucas (Count Basie, Ray Charles, etc.). While attending college, I performed in Boston jazz clubs with prominent Berklee students including Smitty Smith from Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Other notable bands include Robert Gordan, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), Cab Calloway, and The Moody Blues. Long list includes prominent politicians and various jazz festivals. Recording/Composition: I've recorded 200+ original compositions and 50+ student play-a-long C.D.'s from my elaborate home studio. Advanced recording techniques implementing analog, MIDI, digital and synchronization formats has provided vast experience in both the professional and home studio. Multiple clients have hired me to transcribe, arrange, and record all instrumental parts for a variety of diverse artists and professional recording studio projects including jingles, commercials, and film.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students are provided a safe environment in my townhouse of 20 years located in a nice suburban townhouse development minutes from the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 23 (New Holland Ave.). My 3rd floor teaching studio provides all instruments and students have the option to bring their guitar or bass to each lesson or simply use one of mine. Parents can either choose to observe the lesson, relax in my living room, or shop at the Lancaster Shopping Center 2 minutes from my house. Jim has an incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to share with students of all backgrounds, so please get in touch with us to set something up. Our rates are reasonable for the kind of expertise that Jim is available to provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full 3rd floor dedicated for teaching: waiting area for parents on the 1st floor or they can come up to the 3rd floor.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee's highest freshman placement allowed me to accelerate focus through all advanced theory and ear training electives providing rare completion of highest available level course in both departments. Utilize that with equal interest and experience in all styles and genres (jazz, rock, blues, classical,etc.). Equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass.
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anthony S. April 27, 2013
Songwriting
Verified Student
songwriting is a lot of fun.and yet harder then i thought.

Ive always have wanted to write songs.And finally now i can.James is a great teacher.He's the only teacher ive ever had who has gone out of his way to come up with another way to teach me song writing with guitar.because i dont have a piano.he's great and a lot of fun.
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Brian S. February 13, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Jim Rocks! I love hanging out every Sunday jamming

I have dabbled with the guitar for a couple of years but never got serious about. This year I made a new years resolution to get serious about it and find a guitar instructor.

I am so happy that I found Jim. He is brilliant with music and is that laid back, rad teacher that you hope to have for guitar.

We are about 5 weeks into lessons and I'm already playing Dead or Alive, Blackbird, Polly, and learning new songs every week. I thought we would be doing "boring" exercises still but he is great at teaching you the basics while keeping it fun.

A+ for Jim. Also, he is extremely flexible.

The only downside is that I wanted him to teach me how to sing Blackbird, but that's not his cup of tea. haha
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NatalieS1 February 28, 2012
Thank you!

Hey Jim- I had a GREAT 1st lesson. You went slow enough so that I could understand what was going on but also went a little quicker so we could make the most of the half hour session. The things we worked on were exactly what i was hoping for. I will definitely be back on I feel confident in my "homework" - those darn finger exercises and I have a love hate relationship right now!! Thank you!
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James T.

James T.

Lancaster, PA 17601
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$35 / 30-min
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Fred L.

Reading, PA

About Fred

I've been playing drums for the past 20 years, and have been a studio drummer for multiple albums, while touring both nationally and internationally with different music groups. I've been teaching drums for the past 5 years, and have seen over 30 students become more skilled musicians over that span of time. In addition to teaching drums, I'm also a substitute assistant teacher for the BCIU in the Reading School District, and have a bachelors of science in Youth Ministry from Valley Forge Christian College.

My goal with teaching drums is to make lessons 1. affordable, 2. fun, and 3. effecti
ve. I believe that music plays an important role in the lives of humans, and it is very beneficial to be able to play an instrument. For myself, drumming is more than just a hobby; it's a passion. I strive to see other students (child, teenager, and adult) form the same passion for drumming that I have, while expressing themselves with their own styles of play. If you're a prospective drum student or the parent of one, I'd be more than honored to be your instructor.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer lessons of any time length, from a half hour up to two hours. I try to make lessons as affordable as possible, while making them as fun as possible. Seeing a student succeed at drumming and gain a passion for drumming is my number one goal.

I have availabilities each day of the week except for Sundays. You can look over my schedule to see my current openings.
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Fred L.

Fred L.

Reading, PA 19606
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Mason B.

Macungie, PA

About Mason

My Name is Mason and I've been teaching music to students of all ages since I was 14. I originally taught at a facility near Reading, PA called Zeswitz. While I worked there I studied along side other seasoned professionals in genres like jazz, heavy metal and folk styles. Currently I run a small business. My experience, since I was 8 years old, was built on private lessons from select very accomplished and certified guitarists. I also played in several profitable bands including jazz duos, classic rock trios and currently a blues duo with my lovely wife. I'm also always building and helping l
ocal bands. I'm very pro learning and never satisfied with my playing enough to say I don't have to practice any longer. I share to same attitude towards my students. There are always new grounds to break and new people to meet especially when it comes to guitar. Like Duke Ellington once said, "The wise musicians are those who play what they can master". Thank you for considering!
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Clare G. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great in every way
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John S. February 6, 2015
Music Performance
I've been a student for a few years now. As a producer, I lack the ability to perform. Mason goes beyond traditional curriculum and helps me use the abilities I already have to bring to the stage. I am pretty skilled in my musical career, but now I'm becoming polished. Thank you! Absolutely recommend!
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Malisa B. February 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
He makes everything super fun and easy to learn even when it gets into bar chords and stuff! I learned a lot from him
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Mason B.

Mason B.

Macungie, PA 18062
(3)
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$25 / 30-min
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Suzanne L.

Mohnton, PA

About Suzanne

Hello, I'm excited to pass on my knowlege and expertise to you! I've been teaching private voice for over 15 years and have a Diplome des Etudes Collegial from Dawson College in Creative Arts and a BFA in Integrative Music Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec Canada. I also took extensive courses in French while in Quebec and am now fluent, and I also took classes in ESL and tutored in English while in college. I love to teach, and my excitement and enthusiasm for teaching make my lessons memorable and fun. I have prepared my students for auditions and helped them achieve many
of their musical goals.
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Jaylynn A. May 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Suzanne is definitely an amazing teacher. She always works with you and doesn't leave you hanging. She pushes you but not to much that you get uncomfortable. She's great! Definitely would recommend her to others.
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Suzanne L.

Suzanne L.

Mohnton, PA 19540
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Brenda G.

Reading, PA

About Brenda

I'm very passionate about the benefits of piano lessons and do my best to make it fun and exciting and rewarding. You will learn on my digital piano with weekly lessons for 30 minutes and expectation of you practicing every day for 20 minutes. Points are given for your accomplishments with prizes for all at the end of the month. Two recitals are held a year should you choose to participate and music of your choice is taught after you complete your first series of learning material.
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Brenda G.

Brenda G.

Reading, PA 19608
starting at
$18 / 30-min

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