James Flood is the founder and director of Westlake Music Academy. He has taught guitar for nearly 30 years at numerous institutions including Morgan Sate University, Gettysburg College, and his own James Flood Guitar Lessons where students have been known to come from Akron and Canton to Cleveland for weekly lessons.
James received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where for his Master’s he studied under the world-renowned Manuel Barrueco. He also studied privately with David Tanenbaum, Julian Gray, among others. He has given performances in Maryland, California, Ohio and West Virginia. James has extensive experience as a choral conductor. He was director of the Lyceum Schola Cantorum from 2009 to 2017. Currently he is Director of Music at St. Clement Parish in Lakewood, Ohio and the director of the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra.
James works with all levels, beginning, intermediate and advanced, and emphasizes a foundation in sound guitar technique and general music skills. He works with intermediate and advanced students on refinement of technique, interpretation and overall musicality. In 1999 he received a grant from Gettysburg College to further more ergonomically correct classical guitar technique. His technique largely consists of efficiency of position and movement and minimizing tension.