Private Instruction, Classes, & Workshops

 Who me – a teacher?

Yup, once again! After beginning massage school in 1998, I had pretty much put music on the shelf– stopped teaching classes and privately, and also hustling gigs.

Recently I have begun accepting a few students.

To review my history of teaching, go to Professional Teaching Experience on the “About Jim” page.

In March of 2007, I discontinued my Ticklin’ The Ivories pop-piano workshop business. This was a 10-year pursuit, connected to the NSAM (New School of American Music), where I presented afternoon workshops in chord piano, blues, playing by ear, and more.

I taught at dozens of colleges from Alaska to Florida, including Jacksonville University, University of Idaho, Portland Community College, Everett Community College, and more.

I give private lessons in my home studio.  Payable by the month, a weekly 45-min lesson: $50 per lesson.  Spot basis: call 3 days in advance, $65 per 1hr lesson.  

The “self-instructing” materials are still available (at 5% discount) through the following link:



Contact me for instruction in classical or jazz piano, composition, and jazz theory.




To the left is a “Lead Sheet,” a single note melody line, with written chord symbols above it. The student learns to create satisfying arrangements from this bare skeleton of information.

   Janet O'Connor-500



Arrangement from lead sheet above, done by American student, Janet O’Connor.


  K. Knudsen-500


Arrangement from lead sheet above, done by Danish student, Karsten Knudsen.

Find and identify the wrong note played in this piece–different from what is written–and receive a 50% discount on four lessons..