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About James Adams

James Adams
James Adams
Music Teacher, Professional
Location: Oakton, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums
Education: Wakefield High School, Arlington, Virginia, USA: Advanced High School Diploma (2013); Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA: Bachelor of Arts - Music (2020)
Performance Experience: High School Jazz, Marching, and Symphonic Ensembles; VCU Small Jazz Ensembles, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Orchestra; Personal Projects in Richmond Virginia leading to performances at Strange Matter, Gallery 5, Emilio's, Poe's Pub, etc.
Teaching Experience: 6 Years Private Lessons
Teaching Philosophy: We only get as much out of our instrument as we put in. That being said, learning music should be challenging, but also a pleasant and relaxing experience as well. Ultimately, we are our own biggest enemies, so students need positive reinforcement from teachers as it's most likely that they are already hard enough on themselves. It's important to teach students how to overcome these mental obstacles of music as well as the physical, because they translate to life skills beyond music.

Get to know James Adams

James Adams is a percussionist and drum set player from Northern Virginia. He has been playing percussion for 16 years and drum set for 13, and plans to go on until he is physically unable. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, having studied classical percussion under Dr. Justin Alexander and jazz drum set under professor Tony Martucci. Currently, James studies with Forrest Rice of Covet. Though his life goal is to be a studio drummer, he always wants to be a teacher and student, as he feels there is always something to learn and to show. He listens to all music, but is especially interested in Math Rock. In his free time, James likes to cook or find a "hidden gem" restaurant, and do yoga!

James Adams teaches at:
2916 Chain Bridge Rd
Oakton, VA 22124
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