Jim D'Amboise



All Styles All Levels

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The ability to inspire and empower aspiring young musicians is extremely gratifying.  Drawing upon years of experience as a professional music teacher, I have developed pragmatic teaching methods that improve students' confidence and motor skills. I strongly emphasize the learning and playing of songs for live performance, while developing the students knowledge of theory, harmony, melody, rhythm and improvisation in all musical styles.  I cater to music lovers looking for insight into practice and performance, absolute beginners just starting on their musical journey and advanced musicians with performance experience who are interested in covering college level material.

Jim D'Amboise took up guitar at a young age and had his first public performance while still in high school. He started playing professionally soon after moving to Portland Me. In 1985 Jim joined the local Reggae group Rockin' Vibration. During his 10+ year membership the band toured the northeast and shared the stage with international reggae legends such as The Wailers, Third World, and Toots and The Maytals, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Ini Kamoze, The Mighty Diamonds, Mikey Dread, Israel Vibration, Yellowman and Sugar Minott to name a few.

Jim graduated from The University of Southern Maine in 1991 with a B.A. in Communication. Most of his time at USM was spent working as a DJ at the college radio station WMPG. His love for performance led him back to school two years later, this time to the University of Maine at Augusta, where he received the Dick Cash music scholarship and the Don Pilsbury award. In 1997 he earned a B.M. in Jazz and Contemporary Music.

From 1993 to 2003 he played in numerous groups including Django Revisited, Fast and Furious, Jazz on Tour, Bob Charest Band, Mystic Vibes, Blues by Five and JD's Medicine Hat Upon graduating he joined the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop and the teaching staff at Daddy's Junky Music. He also has played guitar for theatre productions including: The Full Monty, Aida, Disney's High School Musical, Les Miserables, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Footloose.

Since 1995 Jim has taught hundreds of students. Jim currently teaches classes, ensembles and private lessons at Maine's number one music store, Buckdancer's Choice. He performs regionally with his funky jazz quartet and has just released Sonic Arcade.


Professional Experience:      Private Studio and Classroom Teaching
Buckdancer’s Choice Music Co     Music Instructor            2005 - Present
Daddy’s Junky Music Store            Music Instructor            2002- 2005
The National Guitar Workshop     Music Instructor            2002-2009
Studio Teacher            Music Instructor            1998-2002
University of Maine, Augusta, Maine - B.M.- Jazz & Contemporary Music     1997
University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine - B.A. Communication         1991
Special Awards:
Recipient of the Don Pillsbury Music Scholarship, 1994,  The University of Maine at Augusta,
Recipient of the Dick Cash Music Scholarship, 1995, The University of Maine at Augusta.