I have 27 years teaching experience and have my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Classical Guitar Performance, where I studied under world-renowned classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco. My studies instilled in me a thorough understanding of the principles of guitar technique and musicianship which I have used to help hundreds of students of all skill levels from around the country. My teaching techniques have helped my students both meet and often exceed their ambitions in playing guitar.
I have had the pleasure of teaching at several colleges, music schools and private schools including Gettysburg College and Morgan State University. I have also given recitals and performances in Ohio, Maryland, California and West Virginia, including performing as a soloist with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2014 I have led the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra as their director. I am also the Director of Music at St. Clement Church in Lakewood and Choral Director at the Lyceum School in South Euclid. Read Full Bio
I help students achieve their goals by providing a solid foundation in sound guitar technique and general music skills.Trained in the Aaron Shearer school of classical guitar technique, I emphasize minimizing tension to achieve greater precision, speed, fluidity, good tone, stamina, and musical sensitivity.
You won’t find this type of training being used by other guitar teachers in the area. My students succeed because I employ a logical progression of skills to help them master the guitar, step-by-step. With proper guidance, students are much less likely to feel overwhelmed and can enjoy the sense of accomplishment gained from progressing their skills.
Lessons are designed around the goals of the students. Your goals become my goals. Helping students achieve what they are most enthusiastic about is what is most rewarding to me.
Many of my students have gone on to become accomplished players and many of my students have stayed with me for 4 to 7 years. But let the students’ testimonials on this site speak for themselves. View our testimonials.
Honestly I get this from my students. I’m going to have little objectivity as to how patient I am, but my students over the years have frequently told me that I am. Many times they have said “Thank you for your patience,” and I always respond “No patience was required!”
Every music school and music academy offers guitar lessons, but guitar is just one of the many instruments that these schools offer and those in charge are typically not guitarists themselves. As a result, these institutions do not have the experience, the guitar know-how, nor the time to recruit and make a truly informed decision on who to hire as a guitar teacher. At James Flood Guitar Lessons you’re assured of learning from someone who has studied at one of the premiere guitar conservatory programs in the country, and who is a highly experienced guitar instructor.
While other music schools or music academies charge registration fees just to book a lesson with a guitar teacher you don’t know, at James Flood Guitar Lessons, the first lesson is free. I want you to be sure that I am the right guitar teacher for you, and that we have time to discuss your needs and expectations from me. Taking guitar lessons is an investment, and I want my students to be assured that their investment in me is a sound one.
There are no 18 week semester commitments. Lessons are on a month to month basis. I want you to take lessons because you like studying with me, not because you signed a contract!
No parking meters or street parking. Each location has its own parking. It’s easy to find a spot, and it’s free.
James Flood Guitar Lessons is in the Cleveland metro area at three convenient locations. The South Euclid location is convenient to Cleveland Heights,University Heights, Lyndhurst, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Highland Hills, Mayfield Heights, Richmond Heights, and Highland Heights. The Pepper Pike location is convenient to Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Woodmere, Orange, Hunting Valley, Gates Mills, Euclid, Maple Heights, Bedford Heights, Solon, and Chagrin Falls. The Lakewood location is convenient to Cleveland, Rocky River, Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn, North Olmsted, Avon, and Avon Lake.
If you are a complete beginner and have never taken a music lesson in your life, welcome! If you’ve already been playing for a few years or if you’ve been playing for 30 years, and yet you feel like you’ve hit a plateau, I have helped many experienced players achieve a new level in their playing that eluded them before
I have a student recital every year in early June. It is by no means required, but it is highly recommended. Students and parents derive a great sense of accomplishment from preparing and performing for it.
If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as I only want students who truly want to be here and I will not commit you to a long term contract. The first lesson is free with no commitment.
Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact me today to arrange your first lesson!