I am Jim Ellis. I am in my 31st year of teaching (including substitute teaching) and this is my second year at Music Education Services and I will be teaching students in the Aurora and Naperville area. I hold degrees from Stephen F Austin State University in Texas, Northwestern University in Evanston and coursework at the University of Houston at Victoria. I started playing Clarinet when I was in 6th grade.
I enjoy listening to all types of music, but my favorite composers are Mahler, Brahms and Wagner.
Music came alive for me in Elementary school through the teaching of a very vibrant teacher. She made music fun! Band was a natural extension of what I learned in Elementary school. My teachers throughout my career made music even more fun. The most exciting part of my job is that moment when a student understands a concept they have been working towards.
I hope to pass on the joy of music to my students. I am looking forward to a great year here at Music Education Services.1s