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James B In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, French Horn, Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

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James B In Home
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, French Horn, Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 9-80
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Bachelors Degree in Music Education: Western CT State College

Masters Degree in Music Education: Western CT State College

Awards:

Concert Master (first chair clarinet) of the college Wind Ensemble which was the advanced instrumental group.

First chair tenor saxophone in the college Jazz Ensemble.

Recipient of the Vincent Debenedictus college scholarship.

I teach piano, as well as all of the Band instruments.

 

Overview:
I am a family man with children and grandchildren, and I love animals while also promoting kindness to animals. My love for music is abundant, and I enjoy teaching people of all ages and from many different cultures. I majored in college on the saxophone, clarinet and flute, but with the focus on music education we were required to play all of the band instruments in college. I like most styles of music, and especially Jazz, which I have studied for many years. I have performed semi professionally with bands of many musical styles since I was in my early twenties, and I have been teaching instrumental music for most of my life. In addition to teaching all of the Band instruments, I also teach Classical and Jazz piano.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching for more than 30 years, mostly in the public schools as well as privately. I have instructed large groups and ensembles, as well as smaller musical groups in and out of the public schools. Performing in various Jazz groups throughout the state has enhanced my teaching knowledge in the field of music education. My Masters degree in music education has enabled me to develop as a well rounded instrumental music teacher, and also as a flexible individual when it comes to understanding my students' musical needs. It is this vast experience which enables me to educate people with an open minded manner.
METHODS USED
I normally use the Standard of Excellence method books for many of my students; however, I am open minded to adjusting to each individual student's musical needs, whether it be Jazz, Classical, or whatever style music the student is focusing on. Other excellent methods are the Ed Sueta Book, Rubank Method, Breeze Easy, Achievement in Excellence, and perhaps the First Division Method Book. For Drummers, I prefer the Haskell Harr Method, or the Buddy Rich Method Book, as well as the Breeze Easy Method Book. For piano instruction, I prefer the John Thompson Piano Method. I always play my instrument along with the student so that he/she can hear how the music is supposed to be played in regards to the notes as well as the rhythm! This way, we all have fun learning!
LESSON STYLE
The student decides how fast he/she will progress by practicing very hard, or by working at a more moderate pace. Once again, I always participate in the learning process, as this method of teaching will enhance the private lesson, and a mutual enjoyment and respect will develop! The student must convey to me what he/she desires to focus on, and there will be a "win/win" situation which is always preferred. Of course, I am very relaxed when I teach, and as a result I can create a very informal atmosphere for the student, which encourages a comfortable learning environment!
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Daniel Mathieu

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Jim is a terrific instructor who tailors the way he teaches off of the student themselves rather than just a predetermined curriculum; allowing his students to determine their own learning pace while still directing them towards success. He is an extremely passionate instructor, bringing his seemingly limitless knowledge and love of music into the teaching environment while guiding the student on their musical journey. I could tell he was very experienced just from the when we first began talking and another thing is that he seriously cares for his students, allowing them to contact him and sometimes even willing to go outside of paid hours to help his students. Jim is very open, and in that way I can see a variety of students being able to succeed by his methods. So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed everything he has done for me, and I don't see that changing at any point in the future! I would absolutely recommend Jim to any student seeking out an instructor!

Review posted on May 26, 2019
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