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James T.

James: Keyboards,Theory Improvisation, Writing

Chicago, IL (60655)

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Hello, my name is James. I have a Masters's in Music Education, have been playing piano for 40 years and teaching for 25 years. I teach songwriting and improvisation as well. I was trained in classical music, started playing jazz in college (with the jazz band) and have written dozens of songs in many styles. I also have music therapy background and truly believe in the transformative power of music. Having taught for so long, I know that anyone can learn music at any age. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting at a piano and improvising jazz, blues and yes, even classical music. The typical age to start with lessons is between 7 and 11 but that can vary depending on the student. It is certainly never to late. Theory is also important so I incorporate it into the lessons as well. Most people are aware of research studies showing the correlation between music study and other academic subjects. I have seen this correlation first hand. I have taught privately as well as group piano and try to encourage my students to participate in some kind of ensemble playing. This includes rock bands. I hope you decide to learn how to play the piano and always encourage everyone in their musical endeavors.

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James’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Piano, SAT Reading
Music:
Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
Language:
ESL/ESOL
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Piano

I have been playing piano for forty years. I have been teaching it for twenty-five years. I can read, play by ear, improvise and write in several styles. I also have a MA in Music EDU.

Songwriting

I started writing songs thirty years ago. I can apply music theory to song development. I've written many songs in different styles.

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Education

Illinois State University (Music)

St.Xavier-Chicago (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60655.

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