Southern California College, Bachelor of Arts - Music Education, 1983

Private Piano Study with Dr. Carol Stewart (Piano Dept. Chairperson, USC), 1979-1980
Private Piano Study with Dr. George Arisimovic, 1983
Private Guitar Study with Cornel Imry (former student of Andres Segovia), 1980-1984


My father, Everett James, and his brother Mel James opened James Music Studio at 518 S. Main St. in Santa Ana, CA in 1946, then moved to the location pictured above in 1950. Consequently, I started playing music at a young age and have stayed active my whole life.

A couple testimonies...



About Mark James in Santa Ana

  "After my son's first piano teacher moved to another state, we tried others, but he was only discouraged. We are so happy we found Mark, he has brought back my son's desire to learn."

                               - Susan Budge, Huntington Beach, CA​​

Mark James in Santa Ana

Private Music Instruction since 1976

Instructor at Vanguard University of Southern California, 1987 to 2004

Assistant Music Director at Foothill Family Church (Foothill Ranch, CA), 1994 to 1997

Music Instructor at Independence Christian School (Orange, CA), 1984 to 1989

  "Mark James is instrumental in introducing music to my 5 year old son. His pedagogy is interesting to watch especially as he makes it so much fun for him. I am very impressed with the way he teaches him. My son has learned so much these last 8 months."

                                         - Nyly Sy, Fountain Valley, CA​​