6 – Adult
Self-taught pianist who began accompanying soloists and show choirs as a high school freshman and began work as church organist as a junior in high school.
Communication degree from Hamline University and a minor in organ.
Group and Private Lessons with emphasis on popular repertoire—Pop/Rock, Broadway, Jazz, Folk songs.
30 minutes, 45 minutes
Word to describe my teaching style
Jim believes students can learn everything they need to know about playing piano/music (technique, theory, etc.) by playing music from popular repertoire—Pop/Rock, Broadway, Jazz, Folk songs, etc.
In a typical lesson with Jim, students will play their assigned pieces, then they will expand on those concepts and move on to new topics. In lessons, he covers theory/foundational concepts, listens to/talks about the history of the repertoire, and lays the groundwork for productive at-home playing.
In the last 35 years, Jim has freelanced primarily as an accompanist for choirs, musicals, and church worship services.