I was born, brought up, and received all my formal education in Emporia, KS. When I was 7, I begged my parents to let me play violin. Though they were not musical at all, they suggested that I play the old antique pump organ that we already owned. So I started piano lessons with Carol Longyear, the music teacher at William Allen White Elementary School, and exercised on that old organ, with the understanding that if I did well, I could start violin lessons at a later date. Sixth grade came along and I excitedly told director Don Kile that I wanted to play in his orchestra at Lowther Middle School. I was told that the only way I could be in orchestra was if I played the double bass.....he already had too many violins. Without hesitation (or parent's permission), I agreed and, after a couple of lessons, started orchestra. I went on with piano lessons with Caren Loper through middle school, and still more lessons through high school with Agnes Reichardt.

I had no idea at the time what a musical journey I had embarked upon. I went on to take part in Kansas All State Orchestras (bass), Kansas State Piano Festivals, and played bass and piano in the US Army Band. While in college, I taught piano lessons at the Jane Wheat Fine Arts Center. I studied piano with Elaine Edwards, and bass with James Swain and received my Bachelor of Music Education from Emporia State University. I directed bands and orchestras at Robinson Middle School in Wichita, KS, directed All District musicals for Wichita Public Schools, worked as an educational representative/string repairman/salesperson for Jim Starkey Music Center, taught bass lessons at Friends University and Bethel College,and have played countless jazz, rock, polka, dance band, and chamber music gigs. Currently I play bass (sometimes piano) with praise and worship teams at Westlink Christian Church here in Wichita, as well as directing their bell choir. I take the occasional jazz gig these days.

I have been married to my wife, Jennifer, for nearly 21 years. We have a 12 year old son, and we foster kids as well. Also living in our home are two beagles and a cairn terrier. When I'm not playing the piano or bass, or giving lessons, I enjoy fishing, camping, and woodworking.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Piano and Bass lessons, Online Piano Lessons

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • International Society of Bassists
  • American String Teachers Association
  • Wichita Area Piano Teachers League

Serviced Areas

  • Wichita, KS

Payment Options

  • American Express, Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, PayPal, Personal Checks, VISA, Cash

Contact Details

  Person David James
  City Wichita, KS
  Zip Code 67204
  Address 2363 Dogwood Lane
  Phone Number (316) 530-1640

Business Representative

David James


Customer Testimonials

Luis is an older student who just started piano last spring. Anyone who has an older child who has an interest in music but may be shy starting so "late" should make time to visit David. He communicates well with all ages and Luis is very comfortable in the environment even though the little kids and their skills are intimidating at times.

David is an amazing piano teacher. My 7 year old son has blossomed since he began lessons with David. He is patient, kind and a great role model! Couldn't be happier!

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Some students (or their parents) may opt to pay me with a credit card, debit card, or Paypal. I do accept these methods of payment and they are processed by Paypal. There is a fee associated with processing (2.9% of the sale plus a.30 fixed fee per transaction), so I charge a little extra to cover that fee. As always, I accept cash or checks, and there are no extra fees associated with paying by cash or check. When you click on pay now, you will be redirected to Paypal's website. If you are trying to pay me a different amount, or for books, supplies etc that I purchased for you, contact me and I will send you an email invoice for the specified amount.

This merely helps me in getting your information organized and into my studio management software. It does not obligate you to take piano or bass lessons with me, but it does put the student on my waiting list. The student can be easily removed from my lessons waiting list. If for some reason, you don't hear back from me.call me at 316-530-1640.

Below, you can read about online lessons. Understanding that some may be skeptical, I am offering a 15 minute free trial "mini lesson" that will allow you to try this technology and see if it will be a good fit for you. Contact me to set up a time. A couple of years ago, I had a student who was taking piano lessons with me in Wichita when his schedule would allow.

I get asked all of the time about a good piano tuner. I've used these guys since 1996, and have always been pleased with their service. Chuck McCoy and Tom Light at The Piano Shop are the tuners/technicians who have taken care of 4 different pianos for me. Contact them at (316) 264-5054. I don't get as many questions about this one, because some people just don't realize how heavy a piano is. Trust me, you don't want to move one very far. Call these guys, AAA Piano Movers. They are two brothers who continue the work of their father.

On this page, I will throw in various videos of me playing piano or bass, alone or with others. This one comes complete with dog tags rattling, children talking, Michael singing at the end. Most of these are from the Facebook page of Pathway Church in Wichita, KS. formerly Westlink Christian Church (I've been playing there for about 10 years). Are You Washed In the Blood/I'll Fly Away from Nov 21, 2010 (upright bass.this is a fun bluegrass (ish) video!) That's What Faith Can Do from Feb 20-21 2010 (piano) this is one of my favorites!

How much do you charge for piano and bass lessons? I currently charge $80 per month for piano or bass lessons. Looking at a calendar you will notice that some months have 5 of any given day. Another month may include a holiday, or spring break, etc. on same given day, so the student may only get 3 lessons that month. These months balance each other out for an average of 4 lessons per month. Having said all of that, I fully realize there are those magic days that occur 5 times in a month and have no holiday or break to balance them out.