B.M. Music Education, University of Tennessee
M.M. Collaborative Piano, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Bio: James Rice holds a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was a student of Dr. Allison Gagnon, and regularly worked with many other artist-teachers in the piano, voice, and instrumental departments. Mr. Rice also studied with Fay Adams at the University of Tennessee where he obtained his Bachelors in music education. He also studied in the United Kingdom at the Ian Tomlin School of Music at Napier University Edinburgh with Nicholas Ashton.
Certified Every Child Can and books one through three, he is also certified to teach vocal and general music K-12. Currently teaching in-home lessons in Chapel Hill/Carrboro and at the Triangle Music School in Durham, he has garnered valuable teaching experience with all ages and levels, and believes that music is an important aspect of any person’s education.
Mr. Rice believes that all teaching should be positive, and encourages his students towards well-rounded musicianship—aural and visual skills, music theory and history, and an exposure to multiple styles and periods are essential to his teaching philosophy. Recognizing that each student has his or her own goals and talents, he therefore feels that individualized education should meet students where they are to propel them toward meeting their goals, whichever direction that might take them. Mr. Rice also believes that a positive performance base is essential to each student’s development. Most importantly of all, he believes that “every child can,” that education should be an uplifting experience, and that music instruction is more than the conditioning of fine motor responses.
Studio location: In-home lessons in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Teaching: All levels welcomed.