Musician & Teacher
Greetings! I'm D.M. James, a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and teacher from the wilds of rural Northern California.
The Covid-19 pandemic is an ongoing global issue that shouldn't be downplayed; that being said, as the vaccine rollout has continued in the United States, I'm lucky enough to be performing live again! Footage and information about my live dates will be added to the site soon.
I offer remote music lessons via Zoom or Facebook messenger. Both as a performer and teacher, I embrace a combined, holistic approach to musical thought. I have an academic background in music theory, composing/arranging, song-writing, and voice, and regularly accompany myself on guitar, piano, and bass, so I'd be happy to teach you any of these.
However, my preference is to tailor a combined approach to your particular needs as a student and artist. If you wanted to improve your vocal technique while playing bass, for example, or to work on chamber arrangements in the context of being a singer-songwriter, or even just to 'cross over' and introduce yourself to an instrument you've never played before, I'd love the chance to work together!
2014 - 2016
The Catholic University of America
I completed graduate coursework in the M.M. stage music composition program, studying conventional composition and songwriting for the stage.
2011 - 2014
California State University, Stanislaus
I completed a bachelor's in music with a double concentration in vocal performance and music composition.
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