High school and college classes always enjoy the musical concepts and stories that come out of a session with Jim. He’s been part of both musical workshops (particularly with rhythm sections) and business seminars. With decades of experience in a wide range of settings, Jim is a terrific and entertaining instructor for clinics and masterclasses, and a great guest on panels.
“Jim has immeasurable experience in the industry, and communicates in a clear and effective manner that is both helpful and inspirational to the next generation of musicians.”
– Dr. Andrew Scott, Program Co-ordinator/Professor: Humber College School of Music and Fine Arts
After having Jim as a virtual guest speaker for her class, award-winning educator Melissa Dent suggested Jim teach music fundamentals, and helped develop a two-part class, based around Ontario’s curriculum for grades four through eight. Each topic was followed by Jim performing a song to demonstrate the concept. “Music With Jim: Fundamentals” was a hit, with over 5000 students participating via YouTube Live in the weekly classes in the spring of 2022.
Jim continues to offer these classes, as well as What Is Jazz? (an introduction to the genre, including performances) and in-person appearances.
“Jim is both a talented musician and a warm, knowledgeable speaker for any age group. Our teachers and students love having Jim share his music and stories with our students! ”
Matt Sanders, Leader of Experiential Learning, Lambton-Kent District School Board
If a student who already plays and reads music is interested in jazz, an online class with Jim is a superb place to start. As someone who studied classical music before focusing on jazz piano and arranging, he knows what you need to know to make the leap.
“The students in my extra-curricular big band and jazz combos loved Jim’s clinic. He helped them further their abilities, and left them with a much deeper appreciation for improvisation and technique.”
-Kevin J. Baker, Music Director, Peel District School Board