Search 75,808 tutors
FIND TUTORS
Over 50 tutoring hours

James K.

Music Lessons by James

South Salem, NY (10590)

Travel radius
8 miles
Hourly fee
$80.00
Email James K.

You don't pay for tutoring
unless you find a good fit!

Background Check Status for James K.

James K. has not yet had a background check. After sending a message to James, you will be able to order a background check for $7.99. The check will be processed by First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

As part of your tutor selection process, we encourage you to run updated background checks. Please also review the safety tips for hiring tutors.

I've been teaching music for twenty years and had success with students age 3 to adult. Most of my students are between age 5 - 18. All styles and genres of music are included in my lessons. I have formal conservatory training in both jazz and classical music. My approach to teaching is uniquely engaging and tailored especially to each individual student. Lessons are fun and relaxed, yet motivating and energized. With many students I frequently make use of technology as a teaching aid. By all means, if you have any questions or would like me to elaborate on my teaching approach or find out more... please don't hesitate to contact me. You'll be happy you did!

Email James

James’s subjects

Clarinet

I've been a music teacher for 20 years. Conservatory trained in both classical and jazz traditions, I have a comprehensive understanding of pedagogy. My approach is fun yet focused. Success is obvious: my students remain with me for years and years, usually all the way through until they leave home for college. In some cases, even after that. Most of my students achieve awards, honors and accolades. I have valuable experience in college guidance advice as it applies to prospective Music Majors as well as students who simply want to play music in College without majoring in it. Because of my unique insight into this niche area I have advice to offer which ordinary High School College Guidance Departments cannot. I have experience teaching very young students as well as University-level Music Majors. I'm extremely confident in my training and experience, as well as my effective and engaging personality as a teacher.

Composition (Music)

Composition is a special area of expertise for me since I am the appointed Chairman of the Junior Composers Festival for the National Federated Guild of Music Clubs for the Northeastern United States as well as the State of New York. I have also held this position in the State of Connecticut. In addition I have also been appointed the Chairman of the Composition Festival for the Connecticut Music Educator's Association. I have taught composition for well over a decade. My composition students have been awarded with State, Regional and National prizes every single year since I began teaching composition. My approach to teaching the subject is unmatched in its effective and comprehensive methodology.

Ear Training

Ear Training is a special area of expertise for me. I have taught ear training at all levels of study including Advanced Placement for the College Board Music Theory exam. For this exam a teacher music be officially approved by the College Board through a lengthy and challenging Audit process. My curriculum passed this process on the first attempt. The vast majority of my AP students earned a score of 5 out of 5 on the exam, sometimes achieving among the highest percentile scores in the United States.

Flute

Flute study with a Yale professor of flute.

I've taught flute for 15 years. My students range from beginning flute students through advanced. I teach both classical as well as non-classical styles (including jazz.)



General Music

I've been a music teacher for 20 years. Conservatory trained in both classical and jazz traditions, I have a comprehensive understanding of pedagogy. My approach is fun yet focused. Success is obvious: my students remain with me for years and years, usually all the way through until they leave home for college. In some cases, even after that. Most of my students achieve awards, honors and accolades. I have valuable experience in college guidance advice as it applies to prospective Music Majors as well as students who simply want to play music in College without majoring in it. Because of my unique insight into this niche area I have advice to offer which ordinary High School College Guidance Departments cannot. I have experience teaching very young students as well as University-level Music Majors. I'm extremely confident in my training and experience, as well as my effective and engaging personality as a teacher.

I am well versed in all facets of music education especially the Kodaly tradition. With young students I emphasize a graduated system of solfeggio according to the principles of Kodaly and Curwin education standards. My knowledge of early childhood music education practices is extensive. I have been teaching very young children music for 20 years and often in large group settings. As a parent of a young child as well as an educator with decades of experience I truly understand and appreciate the learning styles of young children. I have also had extensive experience working with Special Needs children with learning disabilities and Affective Disorders.

Music History

I am well versed in many threads of music history including ancient, western classical, American jazz, rock and popular. In addition I also have special experience in the history and traditions surrounding many world folk music traditions.

Music Theory

Music Theory is a special area of expertise for me. I have taught Music Theory training at all levels of study including Advanced Placement for the College Board Music Theory exam. I have been certified by the College Board to teach AP Music Theory class at the High School level. In addition I have many years of experience teaching music theory to very young children.

Oboe

Oboe study with professor of oboe at the University of Connecticut.

I have taught oboe for around 10 years. My special area of emphasis is on helping beginning oboe students or helping them switch to oboe from another instrument.

Piano

I've studied classical piano from age 4, including study under a Juilliard professor, as well as with an established Jazz pianist with an international recording and touring career. My major instrument concentration as a University student was in woodwinds.

Saxophone

I have prepared a saxophone student to audition as a saxophone major at a University-level music conservatory. That student was accepted to the program.

Another of my students was the highest-rated concert baritone saxophonist in the 2011-2012 Western Region and All-State auditions for the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

University of Connecticut, 2001 Bachelor of General Studies with an emphasis in Human Development, Culture, and the Arts.

Saxophone study with professors of saxophone at New York University, Western Connecticut State University, Purchase College, University of Connecticut, and Temple University.

As a saxophone teacher I'm already known with a reputation as one of the top saxophone teachers in the area. I have been teaching saxophone for 15 years.

Sight Singing

Sight Singing is a special area of expertise for me. I have taught sight singing at all levels of study including Advanced Placement for the College Board Music Theory exam as well as for vocal auditions. For the AP exam a teacher music be officially approved by the College Board through a lengthy and challenging Audit process. My curriculum passed this process on the first attempt. The vast majority of my AP students earned a score of 5 out of 5 on the exam, sometimes achieving among the highest percentile scores in the United States.

One of my vocal students earned a spot in the Regional and also in the All-State choir in the state of CT all four years in High School.

Songwriting

Songwriting is a special area of expertise for me since I am the appointed Chairman of the Junior Composers Festival for the National Federated Guild of Music Clubs for the Northeastern United States as well as the State of New York. I have also held this position in the State of Connecticut. In addition I have also been appointed the Chairman of the Composition Festival for the Connecticut Music Educator's Association. I have taught composition for well over a decade. My composition students have been awarded with State, Regional and National prizes every single year since I began teaching composition. My approach to teaching the subject is unmatched in its effective and comprehensive methodology.

Songwriting is a special form of musical composition. There is no special distinction between them, other than the form of the composition. A "Song" is a musical composition with vocal lyrics. There are also "Songs Without Words" and other types of instrumental "Songs." Mainly though, a "song" adheres to the same principles of good music composition, with the addition of containing good lyric content as well.

Trombone

Trombone study with professor of trombone at University of Connecticut.

While studying brass techniques as a Music Education Major at the University of Connecticut I excelled particularly on the trombone. I've taught trombone for nearly 10 years.

Trumpet

Trumpet study with professor of trumpet at University of Connecticut.

I've taught trumpet for 10 years. My special areas of expertise are in beginning trumpet (all styles) as well as advanced jazz trumpet.

Voice (Music)

I was an Honors student in my Sight-Singing and Ear-Training classes. Drawing on those strengths I apply my knowledge and expertise in these areas to vocal teaching. I also have many years of experience in the theatrical world and have firsthand knowledge of Musical Theater.

One of my vocal students earned a spot in the Regional and also in the All-State choir for the Connecticut Music Educators Association in all four years in High School. My emphasis on pitch and rhythm accuracy was key to the success in these auditions. I'm especially confident in my vocal teaching abilities. Having good keyboard skills and jazz experience also helps in vocal accompaniment during lessons.

Vocal study with professors at the University of Connecticut as well as further study with a Masters Degree graduate of Wesleyan University.

Special experience preparing vocal students for auditions of all kinds.

Read all subject qualifications ยป

Email James

back to top

Education

University of Connecticut

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 8 miles of South Salem, NY 10590.

Email James

Usually responds in about 2 hours

Send James a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response by email. Have you already emailed James or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

(ex: algebra, chemistry)
Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.

Receive Responses From Additional Tutors

If selected, WyzAnt will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.