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Instruments Taught

Bass Guitar

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Double Bass

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

James was born in Dudley, England in 1991. He has studied in Birmingham, Paris and Berlin, and is now based between Berlin and the UK, working around Europe as a musician (double/electric bass), educator and composer. He performs mostly in fields of jazz, improvised and contemporary music as a sideman and bandleader and employs a holistic and collaborative approach to music making. As a composer he received a studio award from the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe, the Elsa Neumann Stipendium 2018 from the Berlin University of the Arts/Hanns Eisler, which supports the ambitious anthropological choir & improvising ensemble project Voices of Berlin, and was selected for Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme in partnership with Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and BBC Radio 3.

Selected performances include: Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, London Jazz Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin. Selected broadcasts/recordings include: BBC (WPC 56 soundtrack), Kulturradio RBB (Indra Rios-Moore) and BR-Klassik (Bayerisches Jazzweekend).

Tutoring Experience:

Currently Lecturer at Leeds College of Music (across specialisms, Foundation Year to Year 3 Bachelors)
2018 - Saturday Music School at LCoM (group double bass lessons and ensemble, ages 9-13)
Composer in Residence with award-winning creative enterprise Make The Paint Dance
Workshop leader for Jazzlines (THSH Birmingham, ages 8-18)
10 years of private tuition in double bass, electric bass and composition

Tutoring Approach:

A holistic approach ensures that my students are encouraged and inspired to explore all aspects of music making from the very beginning.; active listening, improvisation, composition, ear training and rhythmic skills are used together to help to develop the whole musician and improve instrumental abilities.

I have experience teaching a wide range of people from young beginners to older professionals, and aim to develop the confidence and skills of my students in a safe and inclusive environment. I am happy to work towards grade exams, personal musical goals, conservatoire auditions, original songs/compositions, identifying together which areas we want to develop and work on and providing the necessary tools and resources to further skills. Most of all, I provide a fun and enthusiastic learning environment to make lessons enjoyable for everyone!

Lessons are available at my home in Hunslet or via Skype. Teaching at your location will be at a higher rate based on distance and travel time.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French, German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of the Arts Berlin (2016) - Music (composition/double bass) (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2014) - Music (jazz) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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