Study the Trumpet with James
Private lessons+ 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 has over twenty years teaching experience and 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.
James earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.
Additionally James earned his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at the School of Music at the University of Iowa.
James is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association & resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
James' Principal Trumpet Teachers Include:
Charles Schlueter, Principal Trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra + Soloist
Peter Chapman, Trumpet Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops
Nello Salza, International Soloist & Italian Opera Trumpeter
David Greenhoe, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Quad City Symphony
James' Teaching Experience Includes:
Fort Worth ISD: Arlington Heights HS + Western Hills HS, Ft. Worth, TX, 2017-Present
Midlothian ISD: Midlothian HS + Frank Seale MS, Midlothian, TX, 2017-Present
Mansfield ISD: Timberview HS + Icenhower INT, Arlington, TX, 2017-Present
Kennedale ISD: Kennedale HS + Kennedale JHS, Kennedale, TX, 2017-Present
Crowley ISD: Crowley MS + Summer Creek MS Ft. Worth, TX, 2017-Present
Video/Skype Trumpet Studio, USA, 2011-Present
Highland Middle School, Saginaw/Ft. Worth, TX, August 2016-May 2017
Saginaw High School, Saginaw/Ft. Worth, TX, April 2016-May 2017
Westlake Christian Academy, Grayslake, IL, 2011-Present (Regular Guest Artist Studio)
Libertyville High School, Libertyville, IL, 2004-2011
Oswego High School, Oswego, IL, 2004-2011
Wheaton-Warrenville High School, Wheaton, IL, 2004-2007
Plainfield South High School, Plainfield, IL, 2004-2006
School for the Arts, Community Christian Church, Naperville IL, 2003-2005
School of Creative Arts, Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA, 1995-2002
Concord-Carlisle Public Schools Music Department, Concord/Carlisle, MA, 1998-1999
South Shore Conservatory of Music, Hingham, MA, 1995-1997
Middleborough Public Schools Music Department, Middleborough, MA, 1995-1997
Trumpet Master Classes James has presented at Colleges and Universities including:
Bellarmine University ✪ Butler University ✪ Campbellsville University ✪ Cedarville University ✪ Clemson University ✪ Coe College ✪ Eastern Illinois University ✪ Kennesaw State University Northern Kentucky University ✪ University of Iowa ✪ University of South Alabama ✪ Wake Forest University ✪ Wright State University
James performing with a student during a trumpet studio recital
James' Libertyville High School Trumpet Studio
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 utilizes music from all major styles and genres of music including classical, jazz, rock/pop, broadway/movie music, gospel/christian, hip hop, and more giving students a wide variety of musical knowledge.
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.
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
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.
James' partnership with Callet Custom Trumpets and GR Mouthpieces/Northern Brass brings incredible instruments and mouthpieces 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 James 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: