Contact info:

Jim McCutcheon,  concert guitar (and more...)

Family, Community and Artist Series Concerts
Assembly Programs & Residencies...     

Jim has performed hundreds
 of school assemblies across
the USA, and has earned the
Muse Machine's Prism Award for his extensive work with that organization in their elementary school program.
Here's one example of Jim's work in schools: For the past several years, Jim, also known
as "The Guitar Man,"
has been a guest artist at
Centerville Kindergarten Village, performing assembly programs (photo above), workshops for
individual classes showcasing his guitars and talking about music from
around the world. He presents culminating evening concerts at the school
for students' and their families, where part of the proceeds from CD sales
after the concert support the school's princpal's fund.

For performances in southwest Ohio, phone (937) 287-7755,
or email Jim at

Outside that area, call the G.G. Greg Agency at (216) 692-1193
or email

      "When scheduling shows for our Artist and Lecture Series, I have to ask myself many questions. Can a one-man show really work in a 750-seat auditorium filled with elementary school students? Yes, IF the one man is Jim McCutcheon. Last Friday's show worked because Jim engaged and taught the audience. They were active participants in age-appropriate dialogue, singing, playing and movement. 
     It is easy for me to sense the "success" of our shows by observing the students as they leave. These kids left happy.  Thanks, Jim."
                                              Susan Joyce, Fantastic Free Friday coordinator,
                                                                   Miami University Middletown

     "Mr. McCutcheon was one of the only performers who was able to maintain the preschoolers focus for the entire length of his show. At the same time, he incorporates all curious onlookers into his performance, catering to each personality. Overall, a true talent, and an excellent role model for children. I highly recommend his services."
                                              Diane Kunas, Director, Partners in Performance,
                                              Washington Township Recreation Center,  Ohio

     "Jim brings enthusiasm and love for music that makes it contagious to all around him. The integration of music, science and math brought a fuller sense of the world around us."
                                                                           Spring Hill Elementary School


Guitar Man Does Science Workshops
In addition to a Master of Music degree in Music Education, Jim McCutcheon holds a B.S. in Physics, as well as the amateur radio Extra Class license. 

His workshops demonstrating the science of music use his
electric guitar and are geared for 3rd grade and up. Students learn the relationships between several branches of science including electricity, magnetism, anatomy and computers. Students get to plug in wires, see shapes that are related to the sounds of their voices and instrument, adjust the equipment and join hands and make a giant human radio antenna! For more info, click here!
Thank you for the wonderful performance - I had fun learning how music and science are related and dependent on each other. Your science concepts were right on target and age-appropriate. Thank you for conveying that performing music is fun while at the same time uses many skills. I will highly recommend your performance to all my colleagues.
                                                            Joan Tullis, E.D. Smith School, Oakwood, OH

At right, Jim rehearses the 8th grade guitar classes at Esther Dennis Middle School in Dayton, OH in spring, '03. He was commissioned annually to compose music for these classes 2001-4. Workshops there continued through 2006. General music teacher Vicki Ullery received a Jennings Foundation grant for Jim's first residency, and received continuing support from her principal.

The Performance!
At right. Jim rehearses the debut of his "Getting Serious" at Wright State University Concert Hall, April, 2003.

Performing are members from the 8th grade guitar classes at Esther Dennis Middle School. They were guests on the WSU music department's student recital, and took annual tours of the campus.

The Results!
8th grade student comments:
"I learned that classical guitar can be just as fun as the others and that you love playing more and more as you play."
"I learned...that you can do anything
 if you practice."
"Don't give up! Don't give in! Do something with your life."

"I learned to appreciate classical guitar. Up to this class the only songs I've ever played were rock songs."

"I liked it when the whole piece came together and sounded the way it was supposed to."

The thing I liked best about the class was the feeling that I was learning to do something fun!"

For residencies in southwest Ohio, phone (937) 287-7755,
or email Jim at

Outside that area, call the G.G. Greg Agency at (216) 692-1193
or email

Jim's CDs are available at (937) 435-2900.

School Assemblies
and Residencies
Workshops for Teachers
Upcoming Appearances
Listen to Jim's music
McCutcheon Music
Instrument Sales, Rentals, Repairs, Lessons
Guitar Advisor:
National Federation
of Music Clubs

Dayton Public Radio
"The Intimate Guitar"

Purchase Jim's Recordings/Books
Jim's articles on 
music education for kids
To Jim's University of Dayton webpage
To Jim's Wright State University webpage