Jim Peterson; teacher and performer

Meet James Peterson; an associate professor at Berkley.

James has a degree in Music from the Berkley College of Music, is a member of three-time Boston Music Award–winning R & B band Eye 2 Eye, and has performed with the gospel group Color Blind, Lalah Hathaway, Bob Moses, NAJEE, and Tavares.

Jim wrote that he sees his albinism as a source of empowerment, and that people with albinism can thrive and exceed at anything they do.

Jim is right. It’s true that the only limits are the ones we put on ourselves.

“I first got a guitar when I was about seven years old, and for a number of years I tinkered around with it. My mother would always remark that I should hang onto it, because in her mind I picked things up very quickly. . . She was a big music fan.

” . . . funk music, just like other styles, is really a language, or a dialect. It’s a certain kind of rhythm interpretation. Once students realize they can do a lot to become a better player by just focusing on their rhythm, it just opens doors and they get really excited. That makes it easier for me to teach the deeper harmonic theory, because they’ve got that rhythmical base.”

“I stress accountability, focus, and discipline with my students; I tell them they have to decide what they want to achieve and set standards for themselves that I’m going to challenge them to meet. Make sure you’re doing it every day.”

“It’s really important to be versatile. The more prepared you are, the less time you have to waste getting prepared for the gig. If you don’t do that, then you’re not going to get paid, and you probably won’t get called back.”

Check out Jim’s Facebook page to see he is up to.


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