James specialises in both drum kit and orchestral percussion and has over twenty years’ experience teaching individuals and small groups, as well as coaching various Percussion Ensembles and sectional rehearsals for county orchestras, bands and other groups at all levels. Since graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire (GBSM, ABSM) in 1994, he has taught and coached several young people who have gone on to become renowned, world class musicians on the global stage.
James is also a highly experienced First Access provider delivering African Drumming and Samba sessions to mostly KS2 pupils. These engaging, whole-class sessions not only provide a solid music foundation but also incorporate the cultural aspects of the instrument’s country of origin and history. These sessions usually lead to end-of-term performances in school concerts, fêtes and other events.
James is a keen performer and has worked with several local and regional orchestras and pit orchestras for musicals. He has previously performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (a highly-charged offshoot of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra).
What I / we help young people achieve
Music is about so much more than learning notes out of a book. James incorporates an appreciation of the broader world of music into his lessons, ensuring pupils are immersed in the history, culture and contemporary aspects of their learning.
Combined with good technique, an understanding of the structure of music learnt and an unforced and natural knowledge of notation, this method of teaching has led to pupil's success from Grades 1 to 8 with the Trinity College of Music and excellent performing and social opportunities with various school, regional and county orchestras, ensembles and other groups.
Drum Kit and Percussion players develop excellent coordination and problem-solving skills and have the opportunity to play masses of different instruments, which is all part of the fun. (Don’t tell the violins!)
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- Term Time
- After School
- Drums / percussion
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- Calne & Melksham