Instructor of Piano, Trumpet and Junior Jamboree
Rebecca James is a music educator and freelance musician who is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned a BM in Music Education and Trumpet Performance and Interlochen Arts Academy.
Rebecca has taught and performed throughout the country. She has taught both privately and in the schools and has experience working with students ages 1 to adult. Rebecca has also been music director and accompanist for musical theater productions, youth/adult choir, youth band and has performed in a variety of groups including band, orchestra, brass quintet and pit orchestra as well as various solo performances.
Rebecca is a member of Songworks Educators Association and was given the honor of being a Fleurette Sweeney Emerging Pioneer in Education (2012). Rebecca teaches utilizing SongWorks principles and has presented in Vancouver, B.C. about the use of SongWorks in ensemble settings.
Rebecca is a military wife currently teaching in the Dayton, OH area. She resides there with her husband, 2 sons and dog. Rebecca is the owner of Gem City Music Studio.
Kathy Cooney is an exceptional teacher with over 30 years experience. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (MS in Music Ed) and Keene State College (BM).
Originally a flautist, she has taught a variety of subjects in addition to flute including general music, chorus, band, guitar, math and 5th grade. Kathy is a fun and engaging teacher who custom fits any curriculum to each individual student. At each lesson, you can expect to be challenged and encouraged. Although Kathy is a stickler for details, she has an unexpected way of making learning playful and fun.
Kathy was raised in a military family and has traveled all over the world. She spent time teaching at an American school in Germany, but spent most of her career teaching elementary and middle school music in New Hampshire. Kathy has led many award winning groups over her extensive career.
Kathy currently lives in Kettering and teaches for Gem City Music Studio out of her in-home studio. She is an avid baseball and football fan. She most enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Instructor of Guitar, Flute and Music Theory
Instructor of Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba
Alan James holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Teaching degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His primary trombone teachers include James DeSano, former Principal Trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra, and former Cleveland Orchestra bass trombonist Thomas Klaber.
As an educator, Alan has experience teaching students from grades K-12 in general music, instrumental band, youth orchestra, and private lesson settings. Alan has taught and performed throughout New England and the Midwest. He has also served as faculty at the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina (femusc) in Brazil.
Alan is originally from Waynesville and now resides in Kettering with his wife, sons and dog. In his free time, he coaches his son's tball team and enjoys baking.