Title card with the following text: Creativity is the currency of the 21st century. We will succeed as individuals, families, communities, and as a country in direct proportion to how well we grasp this concept. Color image of James laughing as he instructs the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble. Color image of James Manuele standing in front of a chalkboard as he instructs students.

“My own passion has been to make creativity part of the fabric of people’s everyday lives. To empower and inspire audiences to go beyond their own self-imposed limitations and doubts and see that creativity is not just the domain of artists; that everyone has it in them to be creative in everything they pursue in life.”

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In addition to performing, James is a teacher and researcher of the history and evolution of the guitar and the position it occupies on the modern stage. He wants to help new musicians realize their potential, improve their abilities and gain full technical and interpretational command of their instruments. He believes that the pursuit of perfection on a musical instrument has, as an outcome, the emergence of the best of inner qualities in a person.

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“I’ve been a music educator for twenty years. I’ve advanced my craft by studying pedagogy in teaching and sociology. I authored a basic method book that I’ve been using with great success for over a decade. I have experience implementing programs for students with learning disabilities and social issues that may create obstacles in their development.”

“One of the most rewarding aspects of education is seeing firsthand the transformative power of music to help students overcome barriers in their lives.”

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Workshops Offered

Practice and Performance

This program is presented in two parts. The first part is a progressive guide in the study of the guitar and the achievement of realistic goals. Organized practice helps acquiring a true perception of one’s abilities. To be effectual it must become a gratifying and productive experience. A systematic approach towards effective and productive practicing is presented and key points discussed. The second part covers the complex role of the Performer. Interpretive ability and artistic creativity, psychology, public relations and booking concerts are all skills the modern musician must posses for a successful career and are addressed in this presentation. Learning the method of performing, overcoming performance anxiety, preparing for concerts are also key points discussed. Developing an awareness of the value of good performance practices is a priceless tool for music students and a source as well as a foundation for further exploration and learning.

The History of the Guitar

This is a comprehensive and inspiring PowerPoint presentation on the history of the instrument. It covers 500 years in the rich evolution of one of the most versatile and diverse instruments of the stage. In a parade of visual examples, guitars and lutes from the Renaissance to the present will be displayed. Each musical period will be discussed individually and in comparison, from the composers that wrote for them and the players who mastered them to the makers who tailored them to the demands, aesthetics and needs of each era. I will also draw comparisons by examining key changes in guitar construction and looking at some instruments from the inside out to reveal the secrets of master luthiers. Recordings will provide examples of the sound of each instrument to complete the picture.