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About James H
James is a talented, hard-working and enthusiastic drummer, based in Leeds. In 2019 he graduates from Leeds College of Music in BA (Hons) Jazz Drums. James has studied under Sebastian De Krom and Dave Walsh who have played with none other than Jamie Cullum, Chaka Khan and Sister Sledge.
James is very active as a gigging musician, performing throughout Leeds and the North of England regularly with multiple bands. His band 'Racoon Dog Soup' is a contemporary Jazz band performing original music. They have supported acts such as 'Rollertrio' and 'Werkha, and often take part in 'JazzNorth' education schemes. They have also recently played at the Leeds Jazz Festival in 2018 engaging many members of the public with their music. James is also engaged regularly with function work playing pop tunes at parties, weddings and large events.
James has taught in his hometown Suffolk over the past 4 years and, after moving to Leeds, he has taught in various workshops with young musicians at Leeds College of Music, including at the Alt-Shift-J festival. For him, music is important to explore one’s creativity and emotional development. Learning an instrument can give a sense of achievement to an individual and helps develop self-confidence and involves using multiple parts of the brain leading to improvements in certain motor and auditory skills.
Teaching in Drums
James teaches drums and percussion to all ages from absolute beginners to advanced students.
He is very patient and encouraging to all his students and has a lot of self-motivation and great organisational skills. James tries to use a range of teaching techniques to help his students, such as developing their musicianship through listening, clapping, performing and singing. He likes to engage students with creative and stimulating tasks to keep them focused and on their toes! James makes sure to pick appropriate material and exercises, depending on the student’s preferences and interests, whether it be in rock drumming, funk and jazz playing or learning to play along with your favourite bands.
He has experience working with grades and loves to see his students excel and achieve. He recognises different exam boards and their specific marking criteria and hopes to teach his students how to achieve the best grade possible, if that is what they want.
Typical lessons are exciting and focused on engaging the student with their task. Each student will have a personalised plan based around areas they want to explore, whilst also incorporating important elements such as technique, tone and theory in a fun and engaging way.
Versatile and able to teach in a wide variety of genres, James specialises in Jazz, Latin, fusion, funk and pop.
James understands that students can be nervous for their first lesson and that is why each lesson will begin with a simple chat. Your first lesson will always be fun as we explore your musical influences, what motivates you and which direction you want to take your drumming. A little improvising on the drums is a great way to get stuck in and develop the skills you have learnt from your lessons.
Beginners will only need to bring themselves. If you have drumsticks bring them along, but they can be provided for lessons. James recommends purchasing a practice pad so that your practice can be taken anywhere! Lessons will start off very relaxed and simple. You will discuss influences and there will be some fun and engaging activities to get you stuck straight in.