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I offer lessons in:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Improvisation
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Advanced Music Theory
     
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    James BaumgartOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Introduction
    As a jazz guitar player I strive to express myself as a microcosm of our culture through the amalgam of musical language present on the American musical landscape. As a teacher I see myself as a link in the musical chain passing along the knowledge that was given to me.

    My Teaching Background
    I have a BA in Music Performance from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. While in Baltimore I taught for three years. The ages of my students varied from 6 to 46. I curreently teach guitar lessons at Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, WA.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My approach involves giving a strong foundation of the fundamentals pertaining to guitar and especially the fundamentals of music theory. I believe that each student can be taught to teach themselves. After an initial period of study a student should be able to answer her/his own questions and begin to focus on their own aesthetic and philosophy of music. At that point we become peers!

    Rates And Availability
    I am available to teach students in their homes and also at Bellevue Community College. My fee is $40.00/hour.