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James L.

Fun Doctor of Music from Yale for all levels of Piano and Singing!

Fun Doctor of Music from Yale for all levels of Piano and Singing!

$70/hour

  • 255 hours tutoring

About James


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James is a Lecturer at UCLA, on the faculty at LA's AMDA College and Conservatory and enjoys working with all ages! He is fun, entertaining, knowledgeable, and experienced! He is great with singers, pianists, songwriters, theory and history students! He has a Doctorate from Yale University, and resides in Los Angeles.

Lots of experience coaching students of all skill levels and ages!

Experience teaching at colleges AMDA and UCLA with all levels of talent!

Feel free to reach out and try a...

James is a Lecturer at UCLA, on the faculty at LA's AMDA College and Conservatory and enjoys working with all ages! He is fun, entertaining, knowledgeable, and experienced! He is great with singers, pianists, songwriters, theory and history students! He has a Doctorate from Yale University, and resides in Los Angeles.

Lots of experience coaching students of all skill levels and ages!

Experience teaching at colleges AMDA and UCLA with all levels of talent!

Feel free to reach out and try a first session!


Education

University of Houston
Music
Yale
Masters
Yale
PhD

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Subjects

History

Music History

Music History

I minored in music history while doing my Doctorate in Performance, and teach music literature at UCLA. I have always loved sharing my passion for music history and have unique ways of helping students remembering difficult concepts!

Homeschool

Piano

Piano

I am on the piano faculty at UCLA and also at AMDA. I specialize in classical music (all levels), popular, jazz, musical theater, improvisation, and songwriting. All ages are welcome, and both online and in person lessons are fine with me!

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Piano

Piano

I am on the piano faculty at UCLA and also at AMDA. I specialize in classical music (all levels), popular, jazz, musical theater, improvisation, and songwriting. All ages are welcome, and both online and in person lessons are fine with me!

Music

Ear Training,

Ear Training

I have always had a strong ear- I played piano by ear before learning to read music, and have scored perfectly on ear training exams and AP theory.
Music History,

Music History

I minored in music history while doing my Doctorate in Performance, and teach music literature at UCLA. I have always loved sharing my passion for music history and have unique ways of helping students remembering difficult concepts!
Music Theory,

Music Theory

Doctorate in Music - Yale 10 years teaching at UCLA
Piano,

Piano

I am on the piano faculty at UCLA and also at AMDA. I specialize in classical music (all levels), popular, jazz, musical theater, improvisation, and songwriting. All ages are welcome, and both online and in person lessons are fine with me!
Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

I have always been a strong sight-reader, and have a score of 1837 out of 1900 on the SASR (Standardized Assessment of Sight-reading). I am passionate about teaching music, and helping others become better sight-readers!
Songwriting,

Songwriting

I have collaborated and assisted numerous composers in their songwriting. I love the creative process, and am very excited to collaborate with others in songwriting. I am particularly helpful to people who have lots of ideas and little musical knowledge. If you are a lyricist, or singer who doesn't always know what notation will communicate your creative ideas, I'm your guy!
Voice (Music)

Voice (Music)

I have been a vocal coach in Los Angeles for 20 years where I have music directed numerous productions, and am also a vocal coach at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood where my students are working toward a BFA in Musical Theatre. I also coach classical voice at UCLA. I have been a singing piano bar entertainer, and am happy to work with all levels of voice students. I specialize in all levels of musical theater and pop plus classical singing through the high school and early college levels.

Sports/Recreation

Poker

Poker

Poker has always been a hobby of mine, both online and in person- I have over 10000 hours of experience playing, and am well versed in many of the most competitive players strategies, and their books. I am also useful for the beginning player wanting to learn the game, and for intermediate players looking for ways to make their game more competitive!

Summer

Piano

Piano

I am on the piano faculty at UCLA and also at AMDA. I specialize in classical music (all levels), popular, jazz, musical theater, improvisation, and songwriting. All ages are welcome, and both online and in person lessons are fine with me!

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James has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 7 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Having a Blast!

I’m getting better with each lesson. Making steady and swift progress. More importantly, I’m feeling more confident in my playing and understanding of music.

Mark, 5 lessons with James

Elated!

My sight reading is getting better! Thrilled! Love the music! Looking forward to 3B! Very excited to keep learning and playing!

Mark, 5 lessons with James

Great vocal instructor

James is helping me with the mechanics of singing - he's very knowledgeable in this area and knows how to explain to me what I should be doing, and how to do it correctly. Extremely helpful.

George, 5 lessons with James

Excited for Next Lesson!

Very excited and motivated by today’s lesson. Already started practicing for next week! Making steady progress every time I practice! Thank you!

Mark, 5 lessons with James

Inspiring and Down to Earth!

Establishing a practice method is exactly what I needed. I see ways that I can improve my playing immediately. Thank you!

Mark, 5 lessons with James

Inspiring and Down to Earth!

Great first lesson! I’m fortunate to have lessons with someone as accomplished as James. I enjoyed every minute. So motivated for the next lesson! Thank you!

Mark, 5 lessons with James

Knowledgeable Tutor

Mr. James is a very knowledgeable tutor. He is good with teaching in depth the high and low notes for improving singing. And also encourages kids to try singing the song lines in both low as well as high notes and corrects and teaches if something is not as per the notes.

Shweta, 5 lessons with James

Professional and a wealth of knowledge

My artist said she learned more from James in one session than she ever learned from many others in several sessions. I highly recommend James especially for voice lessons.

Nehemie, 4 lessons with James

Experienced and encouraging teacher

I learned a few pieces from Faber, Beyer, and Thompson. Good mix, good amount of homework work, I feel Learning & growing. James has a good ear while I was playing and would be able to point out where I made an error quickly.

Jade, 13 lessons with James
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$70/hour

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  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact James

Response time: 2 hours