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James G In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Latin Jazz

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James G In Home
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Latin Jazz

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Performance Major Clarinet-Saxophone-Flute and in Jazz Composition, Arranging, and Performance, Berklee College of Music
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I began my Musical career studying Classical Clarinet while attending High School in Indianapolis Indiana with Achille Rossi of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestral. I went on to play principal Clarinet in and around the state of Indiana in many of the fine youth Orchestra’s and Concert Bands. I went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where I continued my Clarinet Studies with Andre Lizzott (Principal Clarinet Boston Opera Co). I was a performance major while attending Berklee. I refined my improvisational skills with the likes of Legendary woodwind dept heads Joe Viola and John Laporta. I also studied arranging and jazz composition with Herb Promeroy and James Williams (Art Blakey Jazz Messengers) and Non- Functional Harmonic Techniques with the dean of advanced harmony techniques Paul Schelling (Sarah Vaughan). I also play tenor saxophone and flute and was a part of the many fine recording bands while attending Berklee. I have recorded and played with Bob Summers (Count Basie Band), James Williams (Art Blakey Jazz Messengers), Ken Lesight (Crafton Hills College), and Jerry Rusch (Gerald Wilson Orchestral). I now reside in California where I continues to teach and freelance and lead my own bands in and around the state of California. I continue to record many of my own fine Jazz Compositions that can be found on iTunes.

Overview:
I grew up in Indianapolis. While in high school, I studied Classical Clarinet with Achille Rossi of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. My interest at this early stage of my career was and still is in Classical Music. I went on to play with many of the All-City and All-State Orchestras.After high school, my interest in jazz began to blossom. I went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I was a Performance Major and earned my four year professional performance certificate, studying all aspects of jazz: composition, arranging, and performance. I studied Clarinet with Andre Lizotte (Principal Clarinetist with the Boston Opera Company), Improvisational techniques for Tenor Saxophone and Flute with Joe Viola (Woody Herman), Composition with James Williams (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and Paul Schmiling, who is the Dean of Composition at Berklee College of Music and Pianist of the Late Great Sarah Vaughn, and arranging with Herb Promeroy.
EXPERIENCE
 My teaching experience dates back to my College days when I tutored students while a student at Berklee. I have been performing private lessons for the past twenty years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the most important key points, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I teach both Classical and modern jazz styles and techniques and the combing of the two can go a long way to help the students enjoy playing more. Alos because Music is a language I encourage students to practice reading-writhing and listening as a big part of their development. After graduating from Berklee, I continued to freelance in and around the Boston area before moving to California in 1979.  I continue to freelance and lead many of my own Jazz groups.
METHODS USED
Jazz, Improvisation, Musicianship, Technique, Functional Piano. Topics also included are 1) Breathing 2) Phrasing 3) Articulations 4) Scale Studies 5) understanding Chord Symbols 6) Chord Symbols and there related chord scales 7) Harmonic and Melodic anaylsis. For more advance players I like to introduce them to Aebersol play-along, Berklee method books and lennies Nehaus to work on phrasing and articulation for the student that plans on playing in a jazz band at school. For beginner students who usually are Children or sometimes adults who have maybe never played a musical instrument I will typically start with Hal leonard or Rubank method and once the student has grasp some of the fundamentals I will begin to either introduce Solo material ( Classical) or if thier interest is in Popular Music-Jazz start learning to play either some Blues and Standards depening upon the path the student is interested in. I think it is very important for the Student to start playing recognizeable melodies as soon as possible so that they can relate to performing for either a recital or for friendly family and fried rectial so that they can start feeling good about themselves and where they are headed.  On Clarinet I teach the" Eugene Gay Method book." In closing I will always try to find out what the Student really wants to learn and try having fun doing so.
LESSON STYLE
Functional Piano: This is a GREAT method of learning to play the piano without having to take years of formal piano lessons. If you just want to play your favorite melodies and harmonies then " functional piano." is for you. This is an EXCELLENT approach for eitherAdults/ Laymen/novie vocalist/songwrithers/instrumentalist who either want to explore and or create new harmonies and melodies. Topics include 1) Basic chord identification by sound. 2) Understanding chord symbols. 3) How to intrepret a lead sheet. 4) Basic diatonic concepts. 5) Modification of a chord progression. 6) Exchanging chords of similar functions. 7) Voice leading techniques. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing ome of my students develop a passion for Music beacuse it really is the gift that keeps on giving. The more time you put into it the more you are rewarded. I will always try to find out what inspires the Student so that I can successfully tailor my instruction and help devlop their own path of Musical development and Musical growth. For younger students a more traditional approach is recommended ( John Thompsom Piano books-Scales studies-Hanon etc.,) as well as bacis Musicanship skills 101 learning to read Music ( Lines & spaces both F Clef and G Clef) Key signatures-Form ( Repeat signs-codas) Clefs signs
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He is good. He has a lot of experience to bring to the table.

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