Study the Trumpet with James + Master Classes/Clinics

You can study the trumpet with James in-person in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, via Video Skype/Face Time, or live in-person around the country depending on James' travel itinerary.

James also gives master classes and clinics across the country to a wide range of audiences ranging from high school, middle school, college/university, and praise & worship teams at churches.

James' Principal Trumpet Teachers Include:

Charles Schlueter (Retired Principal Trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Peter Chapman (Retired Trumpet Boston Symphony/Boston Pops)

David Greenhoe (Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Quad City Symphony)

James has worked with all ages and levels of players from beginners through college and professional players.  He can work one-on-one or in a group master class environment.  James specializes in the areas of musicality and creativity. 

As a player who has successfully navigated many problems on the trumpet (including an embouchure change, bruised lips, early lack of rhythmic coordination, trouble with low & high range through his formative years, and much more). James can help you to work through your challenges and bring you to a place of breakthrough by offering innovative ideas to develop your range, sight reading skills, creative practice methods/ideas, better fluidity and ease of play, and more. 

My son Nick studied trumpet exclusively with James at least four years. James did a consistently fantastic job of working with Nick. James friendly personality and rapport helped keep Nick positive and engaged throughout many years of hard work. He hosted numerous recitals which allowed his students to prepare and perform more challenging pieces for an audience. James wide breadth of musical styles afforded Nick the opportunity to learn many types of music as well as discover where his own interests are.

Highly recommended!
— Stan Taylor, Libertyville, IL


James' Teaching Philosophy:

Each student is approached as an individual artist. James will work with you to develop a successful approach to the trumpet and to music in general. James has written pedagogical articles & developed his own specialized studies. 

James' background includes Chicago/NY/Boston Schools and Styles of Classical and Foundational Trumpet Playing.  Some of the resources utilized include classical methods/studies from Arban, Schlossberg, Irons, Clarke, Bitsch, Charlier, Voxman, Voisin to Contemporary Studies and Etudes from Bai Lin, Maurice Andre, Ponzo, Cichowicz, and more. 

James also teaches multiple breathing methods including classic and wedge breath as well as his own specialized method for sight reading, multiple tonguing, range development, and musicality.

A selection of the schools and schools of music that James has been on the faculty includes:  Libertyville High School (Libertyville, IL), South Shore Conservatory of Music (Hingham, MA), Oswego and Oswego East High Schools (Oswego, IL), School of Creative Arts (Lexington, MA), Wheaton-Warrenville High School (Wheaton, IL), School of Creative Arts (Naperville, IL)


High School/Music Store/Community Clinics

A Sampling of Clinic Topics...

  • The Trumpet through history...from Baroque to the 21st century and beyond
  • How to Prepare for Music in College
  • Proven Techniques in Multiple Tonguing, Fluidity, Range, and Sightreading
  • Effective and Enjoyable Trumpet Practice/Studies
  • Coaching students on Solo/Ensemble Works and Interpretation

Church Music Ministry/Worship Team Clinics

A Sampling of Clinic Topics...

  • Performance or Ministry? How to pursue excellence while pursuing genuine music ministry
  • Preparing the heart and mind for leading worship
  • Practical Tools and Tips to Effectively Learn Music, Sightread Easily, and Conquer Anxieties


I met James through my school band’s trumpet students who took privately from him during the summer. After several years of hearing the same results in my students - beautiful trumpet tone, good range, increasing love of the instrument and then the student’s parents deciding to have their children take from him year around, I decided to go take a couple of lessons to learn how he gets such consistent results.

I found myself getting a fresh wind to take back to my brass students and my bands at all levels (I teach 4-12th grade band). James is an encourager, very patient, loves music and is great with all levels of students. He reminded me why I went into the music education profession in the first place and helped me remember to relax and enjoy playing/teaching.

Some of my students have continued to take from James via Skype and are very satisfied with it. I’m looking forward to his next visit to Illinois to take a lesson or two and get some new ideas to take back to my band program!
— Karen Kurtz, Grayslake, IL


Consultations Trumpet and Equipment Available:

Starting in 2016 I am offering special group and individual consultations for trumpet players. These consultations will help you address playing/performance issues as well as fine tune your trumpet(s) for the best results. I will offer you my experience and training in preparation, performance, and trumpet equipment technology.
In my role as Client Specialist with Harrelson Trumpets I bring incredible solutions from Jason Harrelson combined with a lot of hands-on practical coaching experience working with clients and players all over the country.  These consultations will take your playing to a different level. Please contact me if you are interested in booking a consult.


Resources for Trumpet Students:

Here are a few links to help you with cleaning and maintenance of your instrument: