Next to playing piano and bass, I love teaching lessons on my instruments to others and have been doing so since I was 19 yrs old. I draw on 36 years of playing experience and 24 years of teaching experience as I offer lessons in my studio.
I have successfully taught piano and bass students ranging in age from 4 to 82. After basics are feeling comfortable, I like to introduce improvisation to my students, something many teachers refuse to do because they don't feel comfortable with this particular area of music.
Not to be confused with just "playing by ear", improvisation draws heavily upon music theory concepts; people who are skilled in improvisation are spontaneously composing music. This skill allows students to participate effectively in jazz, rock, country, blues, praise and worship, and other popular idioms.
I do this while still keeping students involved with the so-called "classical" repertoire so that the reading of music never loses its importance.
David James is a member of the International Society of Bassists, the American String Teacher's Association, the Kansas American String Teacher's Association and has served as president and treasurer of the Wichita Area Piano Teacher's League.