Teaching: String Bass, Bass Guitar, Ensemble Coaching, Basic Music Skills
Jim has been teaching performance on the string bass and bass guitar, coaching ensembles and teaching basic music theory privately and at area music schools since 1985. He teaches all age ranges from elementary school to retirees. His high school students have success fully auditioned for and performed with District and State Festival Orchestras, won MVP awards in jazz band competition and been accepted to music programs at New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, McGill U., NYU and Indiana U..
At the core of Jim's teaching is the search for his students' musical interests and learning styles, allowing the student to open the doors to his or her own musical discovery. He uses metaphors of everyday activities - from walking and climbing stairs to sports and art activities - to help his students understand the mechanics of sound production, learn to internalize time and develop accurate shifting technique.