B.M., Violin Performance, Montclair State University
M.M., Violin Performance, Ithaca College
Additional studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende
Kunst, Graz, Austria
SAA Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher (Books 1-10)
Licensed Andover Educator, 2014
James is a Licensed Andover Educator, violin teacher, and a freelance violinist based in the NY metro area. He serves on the faculties of the Elizabeth Faidley Studio, Diller-Quaile School of Music, and John J. Cali School of Music Prep Center for the Arts. His violin students have gone on to win numerous competitions and performed as soloist with orchestra.
As a Licensed Andover Educator, James is sought-after as a clinician on the benefits of Body Mapping in performance and pedagogy. Frequently, he offers Body Mapping lessons and workshops to inform musicians on how understanding the body’s natural design can improve movement, leading to increased technical and musical abilities as well as injury prevention. James also serves on the board of Andover Educators.
James completed performance studies at Montclair State University, the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, and Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, he also completed long-term Suzuki training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. James is currently undergoing the three-year teacher training program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique.
Notable influences include: Boris Kucharsky, Susan Waterbury, Jennifer Johnson, Sylvia-Elisabeth Viertel, and Weigang Li. James has performed in master classes with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Cho-Liang Lin, the Shanghai Quartet, Mark Fewer, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and Judith Ingolfsson.
Lessons and Coachings – Ongoing
Location: New York, NY
Contact James at jblumerviolin [at] gmail [dot] com
"Through taking the Andover Body Mapping Course with James Blumer, I discovered that part of my violin’s core sound exists in the lower half of my body where my violin does not touch. James encouraged me to focus on flexibility and movement within my hips and upper legs. Now, when I practice and perform, I physically and mentally feel the ground support me, and my sound resonates!"
"After taking the Andover Body Mapping Course with James Blumer, each time I enter the practice room, I find myself more aware of my body than before. The course has established an entirely new level of approaching my daily practice."