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James T.

Van Nuys, CA

$70/hour

Australian Violin Player

Background check passed as of 1/17/14
5.0 average from 29 ratings
The Best Violin Teacher Ever
— Ethan, Los Angeles, CA on 1/30/16

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Bachelor Of Music

Education

Bachelor Of Music

About James

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.

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 Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

For students I travel too. I charge a 20 dollar travel fee

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91401
Background Check: Passed

"The Best Violin Teacher Ever"

- Ethan, Los Angeles, CA on 1/30/16

"Amazingly talented and superb violin/viola teacher"

- Julie, Chicago, IL on 1/4/16

"Gifted instructor."

- Denise, La Crescenta, CA on 1/27/14
Music:
Guitar,
Music Theory, Piano,
Violin

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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

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

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.

Bachelor Of Music

Education

Bachelor Of Music

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, Los Angeles, CA on 1/30/16

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For students I travel too. I charge a 20 dollar travel fee

Travel policy

James will travel within 30 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91401.