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David James

Wichita KS | 67204

About me

Next to playing piano and bass, I love teaching lessons on my instruments to others, and have been doing so since I was 19 yrs old. I draw on 36 years of playing experience and 24 years of teaching experience as I offer lessons in my studio

Specialties

I have successfully taught piano and bass students ranging in age from 4 to 82. After basics are feeling comfortable, I like to introduce improvisation to my students, something many teachers refuse to do, because they don't feel comfortable with this particular area of music. Not to be confused with just "playing by ear", improvisation draws heavily upon music theory concepts....people who are skilled in improvisation are spontaneously composing music. This skill allows students to participate effectively in jazz, rock, country, blues, praise and worship, and other popular idioms. I do this while still keeping students involved with the so called "classical" repertoire, so that the reading of music never loses it's importance.

Education and Accreditation

Bachelor of Music Education from Emporia State University 1993
Member of American String Teacher's Association, International Society of Bassists, served as President and Treaurer of Wichita Area Piano Teacher's League

Testimonials

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 6:30pm
Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Blues
Chamber Music
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Improvisation
Jazz
Lounge
Modern
Performance
Pop
Rhythm and Blues
Rock

Methods

Faber and Faber

Instruments and Subjects

double bass
piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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