TEACHING

Studying the flute is an opportunity to have fun while learning about music, culture, other people, and yourself.

Teaching is one of the greatest joys for me. With over 10 years of experience, I love watching my students learn and expand their joy of playing music. I focus on the fundamentals of flute playing including breathing, tone, posture, technique, and expression.  I also approach flute lessons with a holistic philosophy, believing that studying music leads to a richer life through a better understanding and awareness of ourselves.

Curiosity

Each student's curiosity and motivation to learn the flute and music is unique. I encourage them to develop that curiosity in lessons through repertoire selections, as well as musical and interdisciplinary exercises. 

Process

Studying music is a process of gaining self-awareness and developing the skills to solve problems independently. I use specific methods to help the student develop the skills to have fun playing music and achieve their goals.

Expression

Playing music is one of the gifts of being human. It encourages self-expression, creativity, and community. I guide students to discover their connection to the music, find their musical voice, and find a place to share it.

ADULT STUDENT

"James is the perfect teacher for me!   As an adult student, I feel more aware of myself as a musician and a learner than when I was a child studying piano and clarinet.  James has a way of teaching that reinforces good habits and celebrates small achievements. James helps me approach the flute with curiosity and with a reflective mind. He is responsive to my goals and helped me find appropriate ensemble activities in Chicago and a summer camp out of state.  He supports me with practice techniques that lead to progress and feelings of accomplishment.  James is professional, upbeat, supportive, and encouraging.  I could not recommend him more highly!"

Debby

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