Guitar, Piano, Clarinet
Rock (Alternative, Classic, Indie, Punk, Post-Punk, Psychedelic), Blues, Folk, Pop
Born in Washington DC, James grew up just outside of the district in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He fell in love with music at a young age and began playing guitar and clarinet at the age of 9 and added piano to his repertoire at 15. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 2011 and attended the University of California Santa Barbara where he graduated with a degree in ecology and evolution in 2015. He has also recently received a professional certificate in guitar and general music studies from the Berklee College of Music in 2019.
First and foremost, I have been in the students' shoes. Growing up taking music lessons in the area, and continuing to learn from some of the greatest, I have experienced a wide array of teachers and model my teaching style after the best. I am extremely patient and enjoy following along as music piques a child's interest and they begin an exciting new journey. I try to make my lessons fun so that students remain engaged while learning. I aim to include students as much as possible in the learning process in order to personalize each student's lesson plan to align with their interests. I also have experience working with kids as a camp counselor at various sports summer camps in the area over many summers growing up. Music is the great equalizer bringing joy to people of all ages.
Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Queen, Gary Clark Jr., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snail Mail, Alabama Shakes
Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica
"James' professionalism and fun personality make him perfect for my kids."
"James is great with kids of all ages."
"James is extremely patient and always takes time to make sure that the kids are both learning and having fun."
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