James Tarbutton Guitar/Piano/Bass Instructor

James Tarbutton Guitar/Piano/Bass Instructor

5.0 (2)
1 employee
15 years in business

About this pro

I’m a graduate of the Meadows School of Music at SMU with a Masters in guitar performance. I have studied music since a very young age, studying both piano and guitar. I play a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, bass, and a variety of folkloric stringed instruments. I believe that lessons should be tailored made for each student. A “one size fits all” mentality doesn’t work as efficiently as developing a curriculum that works to strengthen a student’s weakness and use their strengths to develop confidence. 

I enjoy seeing people grow and develop the ability to do something they love. 

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Rowlett, TX 75089
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2 Reviews


  • Jonathan Valenzuela

    James guided my playing since I was 17 and is the reason I was accepted into Southern Methodist’s University’s classical guitar program. He is an incredible musician, teacher, and friend.

  • Franco Cohen

    I've been taking classical guitar lessons with James for 2yrs. He's a very gifted and a patient teacher. James always brings a positive approach to each lesson. He's also very observant of technique and has a great ear. I highly recommend James for whatever instrument you're playing.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first begin by finding out what the student’s experience level is and what their goals are. After I understand those two things I can begin an appropriate course of action for the student. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Masters degree in guitar performance from SMU. I have taught at many levels from elementary to the collegiate level. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes and no. It depends on whether or not the student will be coming to me or not and the duration of the lesson. 

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching while pursuing my undergraduate studies in order to better prepare myself for future employment. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds. I have had students from 5 to 75. Students with many different goals. And students coming from many different backgrounds. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have recently had the joy of watching one of my former students perform a recital as part of their studies at SMU. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Do your research and ask questions. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I believe students should think about their goals. What do they want to be able to do. They should ask teachers about what the appropriate type of instrument they should be using. And they should come up with questions to find out what the teachers philosophy of music education is.