Jim is a sought after clinician, adjudicator and private saxophone instructor in the Denver area. He has worked in the larger Denver metro school districts doing clinics, workshops, and sectional rehearsals and is available as a clinician for elementary through college level students.
Many of Jim's past students have gone on to become successful professional musicians. Students in his private studio are often become first chair players in their sections. His students have also been successful in auditioning and being appointed into groups such as COLORADO HONOR BAND, COLORADO CONSERVATORY FOR THE JAZZ ARTS, CONTINENTAL LEAGUE, and ALL STATE BANDS.
Jim can be contacted at email@example.com.
The following are quotes from local band directors:
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"Jim's approach is terrific because he comes at improvisation from different directions with kids who may have differing back ground in theory knowledge. He'll start with a blues scale approach moving towards a scale/modes concept, but then move to a block harmony idea, having students concentrate on chord tones. This truly helps kids of all levels of theory background and at the same time makes them realize the connection of what they do in the theory classroom has a lot to do with what they can do in improvisation."
"Jim is so good with all ages of students when teaching improvisation. Drawing out the most nervous students, he has a great way of making everyone in the room feel so comfortable and safe to experiment and go beyond what they thought was possible."
Director of Bands
Denver School of the Arts, Denver Public Schools
"Jim Stranahan is what we call in the industry, -THE FULL PACKAGE- ...
He is that rare combination of Master Music Educator, Musician Extradanaire, and just a downright good person."
"Jim has worked as a clinician and performing musician at both my High Plains Jazz Festival and the Legends Jazz Festival
and his musical performance, instruction and interaction with kids is second to none."
"Many kids are a little intimidated about showing what they know, especially as it relates to jazz improvisation. But Jim has a way of giving kids the confidence to try anything while bringing out the best in them."
Director of Bands/Performing Arts Dept Chair
Legend HS, Douglas County Schools
"Jim is not only a great musician but works really well with kids! He's worked several times with my jazz and concert bands and each time there is drastic improvement. He also teaches privately to a few of my students and they too show a great deal of musical growth throughout the school year."
Mr. Joel Naegele
Director of Bands
Performing Arts Dept. Chair
Rock Canyon High School, Douglas County Schools