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James T.

Australian Violin Player

Australian Violin Player

$100/hour

  • 111 hours tutoring

  • Sherman Oaks Van Nuys, CA 91401

About James


Bio

I just moved to California from Australia. I am professional Violin and Viola player. I also play Piano. I have an extraordinary ability visa, which states I am one of the best classically trained musicians from Australia. I started playing music at age two learning from the greatest teachers in Australia from around the world. I had my very first student at age 11, giving me 15 years of experience. I have taught in schools giving private lessons, and ran my own home teaching studio.

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I just moved to California from Australia. I am professional Violin and Viola player. I also play Piano. I have an extraordinary ability visa, which states I am one of the best classically trained musicians from Australia. I started playing music at age two learning from the greatest teachers in Australia from around the world. I had my very first student at age 11, giving me 15 years of experience. I have taught in schools giving private lessons, and ran my own home teaching studio.

I am capable of teaching beginners all the way to professional players. I love helping musicians develop and hone their skills. It is very rewarding to see players achieve their potential and reach their goals. I am very flexible due to my many years of experience playing and teaching. This allows me to tailor the repertoire and technical work so that each individual student gets the maximum benefit, while at the same time creating a fun, creative and enjoyable environment.

I have been performing for many years now. In that time I have played all across Australia and in Europe, including such great venues as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and opening the Australian embassy in Berlin. Currently I am playing in movie orchestras and working with a DJ playing electric violin at night for something different.


Education

Bachelor Of Music

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $100
  • Rate details: For students I travel too. I charge a 20 dollar travel fee
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91401
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/17/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Piano

Piano

I started playing on the piano at age two. My mom is a concert pianist from London studying at Royal College of Music. I learned from her all the way up to age 15. I have taught piano back home in Australia and now over here in the US I teach privately at home. I have a Steinway upright piano. When I taught piano back home in Australia I used the AMEB system. Australia Musical Examination Board. In America I have used the piano builder book and by using manuscript paper to show the names of the different clefs, note names, different types of notes and how to put both hands together. I like to focus on technique and building a good foundation so bad habits are not reinforced. Bad habits are hard to unlearn. I start by teaching the note names and teaching the student how to find them on the piano. From there we start learning simple melodies and the c major scales, teaching them how to correctly move their thumb underneath their fingers to run a scale progression. At college I did performance on violin but would play the piano in some classes.

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Piano

Piano

I started playing on the piano at age two. My mom is a concert pianist from London studying at Royal College of Music. I learned from her all the way up to age 15. I have taught piano back home in Australia and now over here in the US I teach privately at home. I have a Steinway upright piano. When I taught piano back home in Australia I used the AMEB system. Australia Musical Examination Board. In America I have used the piano builder book and by using manuscript paper to show the names of the different clefs, note names, different types of notes and how to put both hands together. I like to focus on technique and building a good foundation so bad habits are not reinforced. Bad habits are hard to unlearn. I start by teaching the note names and teaching the student how to find them on the piano. From there we start learning simple melodies and the c major scales, teaching them how to correctly move their thumb underneath their fingers to run a scale progression. At college I did performance on violin but would play the piano in some classes.

Music

Guitar,

Guitar

I have been playing the guitar for a few years now, starting on an acoustic and moving to electric. After playing classical music for many years it was something I always wanted to learn. The theory knowledge I had really helped me pick it up fast and because it is a fretted instrument it was easy to play as soon as I adjusted to the instrument. With my extensive theory knowledge and classical training I feel really comfortable teaching guitar and have been for the last year now.
Piano,

Piano

I started playing on the piano at age two. My mom is a concert pianist from London studying at Royal College of Music. I learned from her all the way up to age 15. I have taught piano back home in Australia and now over here in the US I teach privately at home. I have a Steinway upright piano. When I taught piano back home in Australia I used the AMEB system. Australia Musical Examination Board. In America I have used the piano builder book and by using manuscript paper to show the names of the different clefs, note names, different types of notes and how to put both hands together. I like to focus on technique and building a good foundation so bad habits are not reinforced. Bad habits are hard to unlearn. I start by teaching the note names and teaching the student how to find them on the piano. From there we start learning simple melodies and the c major scales, teaching them how to correctly move their thumb underneath their fingers to run a scale progression. At college I did performance on violin but would play the piano in some classes.
Violin,

Violin

I started playing music at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and most recently, the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatorium WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts) where I studied a bachelor of performance. I earned my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. Playing such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18. I have played in trios, quartets, as a soloist, and many orchestral ensembles playing major concertos, symphonies, and musicals. Most recently through my many musical endeavors I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as a musician to enter the United States. This means I am one of the most talented musicians from Australia. Currently I am working with a DJ playing electric violin in nightclubs out here. Recently we have played at Tru and Lure. I am also working on some of my own music composition and with movie orchestras.
Music Theory

Summer

Piano

Piano

I started playing on the piano at age two. My mom is a concert pianist from London studying at Royal College of Music. I learned from her all the way up to age 15. I have taught piano back home in Australia and now over here in the US I teach privately at home. I have a Steinway upright piano. When I taught piano back home in Australia I used the AMEB system. Australia Musical Examination Board. In America I have used the piano builder book and by using manuscript paper to show the names of the different clefs, note names, different types of notes and how to put both hands together. I like to focus on technique and building a good foundation so bad habits are not reinforced. Bad habits are hard to unlearn. I start by teaching the note names and teaching the student how to find them on the piano. From there we start learning simple melodies and the c major scales, teaching them how to correctly move their thumb underneath their fingers to run a scale progression. At college I did performance on violin but would play the piano in some classes.

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The Best Violin Teacher Ever

James is the best violin teacher that anyone could ask for. He just taught me how to play a full song on the violin in only 3 days. He will go out of his way to help you and practice with. He has a great sense of humor, he is an extremely experienced and talented violinist, and can teach you how to play any genre of music you want.

Ethan , 3 lessons with James

Amazingly talented and superb violin/viola teacher

We have experienced many teachers in the past 13 years for viola and violin and James has that special gift to be able to reach children of all ages. My daughter is 15 and is an accomplished violinist and violist and she needed to prepare for two auditions during our stay in Los Angeles. My son is a 3 rd grader and needed to prepare for a violin seating audition and James was amazing with him too. They both had some very tough pieces for their auditions for their age levels and James spent many hours with both of them and really helped them to prepare. He took the time to explain musicality and dynamics to my son and worked on the fine points of the pieces for my daughter. My son is not easy to teach (he can be quite the jokester) and he looked forward to James coming over. James was able to use my son's sense of humor to his advantage, but keep him in line. He gave him real life examples and explained to him why he was doing things. James is a very gifted artist for piano, violin and viola. He lives and breathes music. But it is rare to find someone with that gift who can meet the child where they are at and make great progress. We visit family 4 to 6 times per year in LA and we always bring our instruments for practice and audition prep. James is first on our list for a teacher and I feel that he will be discovered soon and you won't be able to book him. If you want someone knowledgable and who knows how to teach music, James has that special gift.

Julie, 3 lessons with James

Gifted instructor.

James is everything a student could want in a violin teacher! He is not just a talented violinist, but he knows HOW to teach (some are gifted but really can’t teach—James has a gift for playing AND teaching). As a 55-year-old beginner, and not exactly a natural, I struggle with bowing, with first position fingering, you name it, but James is both quite encouraging and at the same time full of constructive tips, and after leaving a lesson, I GET it! He is patiently supportive, never intimidating, and efficient. He seems to know exactly where I need to slow down and spend more time on something and when it’s time to take on a new challenge. He has a relaxed and easy style, yet he is a professional. I leave each lesson feeling I have plenty to work on, but never too much. He encourages getting a strong grasp on certain techniques before moving on. I feel motivated to practice and am never bored but also never overwhelmed. My husband said, after my last lesson, “I don’t know what happened, but your sound is so much better.” Bottom line: I’m LEARNING from him and am tickled with my progress. What a find!

Denise, 4 lessons with James

$100/hour

James T.

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