James is a drummer and drum-teacher living in Preston in Melbourne's Inner-North. He received a Bachelor of Music Performance (with Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 2017 completed his PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a teacher, James has taught students ranging from beginners to tertiary level, working at institutions including Monash University, Princes Hill Secondary College, and Cranbourne Secondary College; he current teaches at Merri Creek Primary School, where he has been since since 2014.
James' performance specialisation is in Jazz and Improvised music, but he has extensive performance and teaching experience for all popular styles. He has tutored students through AMEB, ANZCA and VCE examinations. James currently has space available for private students on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at his home studio in South Preston; he can also travel to teach in nearby suburbs by arrangement.