Apart from teaching musicianship and music appreciation, James is also a piano teacher and teaches the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes. In addition, he has had experience in accompanying many choirs and singers in Cork and in 2010 earned an award for his contribution to music in the community. Moreover he has also received a High Achiever Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music for excellence in pianoforte.
James is an experienced choral singer and has been a tenor in many choirs including Trinity College Chapel Choir, Trinity Singers and Bmused?, a choir comprising of music education students who has had successes in a number of national choral competitions. This choral experience has afforded him the opportunity to sing both nationally and internationally. In 2013, James was invited to make a presentation at the annual PPMTA’s (Post Primary Music Teachers’ Association) annual conference.
James likes to incorporate these experiences into his holistic approach to teaching music which centres upon and brings together certain aspects of Zoltan Kodaly and Keith Swanwick’s philosophies of music education.