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Teachers at the Old Town School

James Abud

Piano, Little Strummers

James Abud has been a musician and music educator for the vast majority of his life. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a BM in jazz studies and one in Composition/Music Theory. He started out performing traditional Arabic dance music at age 5 with his family in his native Detroit. As he grew up he amended his Darbuka and Oud playing with the guitar, drum kit, banjo, ukulele, pit percussion, etc. He has been consistently teaching private music lessons for the last 16 years. Abud has been performing his original music as well as jazz standards, dabke and belly dance music, orchestra, pit orchestra, rock, folk, bluegrass, jam, and swing bands around Detroit and Chicago as well as two national tours over the last 25 years. As a teaching artist he has: musical directed full productions of thespians from ages 7 - 77; composed and Arranged xylophone chorales with classes of 6 year old dance students; hosted "meet the instrument classes" for Oud and Darbuka (Ages 3-6); been teaching private and group lessons for 16 years (ages 5 - 86); organized and created classes in "found object percussion" called "TableMusic"; lectured at the collegiate level on his research about "Narrative Instrumental Composition" through the premier of his concerto for guitar and string orchestra; produced 3 (so far!) show-length evenings of music featuring performances of pieces written by students in conjunction with Ukulele Kids Club.

James prides himself on his devotion to his students' love of music and tries to foster in them the sense of familial connection to it that he grew up with.

Education: Wayne State University, Jazz Studies

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2017

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