Contact info:

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

Family, Community and Artist Series Concerts
 Resume for Jim McCutcheon

  8530 Cherry Creek Dr.
  Centerville, OH      

  phone: (937) 287-7755 

  fax: (937) 435-0200


B. S. in Physics, University of Dayton, magna cum laude, 1973.

B. Music Performance, Wright State University, summa cum laude, 1978.

Master of Music in Music Education, Wright State University, 1991.

Masterclasses with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Segundo Pastor, Abel Carlevaro, Turibio Santos, Douglas Niedt.

Flamenco study (1978-9) with Ethan Deutsch. Jazz study (1998-9) with Jim Smith.

Kennedy Center Training (2006-7):
         1) Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers
         2) Artists as Educators: Presenting Effective Workshops for Teachers
         3) Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Residencies for Students


Faculty, University of Dayton Music Department, 1978-present. Named  Artist-in-Residence, 1997.

Faculty, Wright State University Music Department, 1978-present.

Faculty, Miami University Music Department, 1980-present.

Faculty, Montessori Center of South Dayton, 1985-2008.

Faculty, Sinclair Community College Music Department, 1978-1988.

Faculty, Antioch College Music Department, 1977-1980.

Guitar Class Tutor, Magsig Middle School, 2007.

Director of Concerts, Dayton Art Institute, 2007 - 2015.

Guitar Advisor, National Federation of Music Clubs, 1994-present.

Ohio Arts Council Touring Roster, recitals and residency activities, 1990-present.

Guitarist, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1997.

President, Dayton Classical Guitar Society, 1977-present.

Co-Owner, McCutcheon Music Studios, 1988-present.

Dayton Public Radio, host of "The Intimate Guitar," 1986-present.

Member, Centerville Arts Commission, 1990-1995. Chair: 1992-3.  

WYSO-FM, host of "Strictly Guitar," 1978-1980.


Adjudicator, Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition (Louisville KY) 2014 

Adjudicator, Ohio Music Education Association, 2014-15

Adjudicator, Dmitri Fampas International Guitar Competition (Greece) 2016


Recording: The Entertainer (LP/cassette), 1982.

Recording: Jim McCutcheon & Company (LP/cassette), 1986.

Book: Introductory Concepts for Guitar, Guitar & Song Publications, 1985; 2nd ed. 1990.

Article: "Computer-aided Guitar Instruction," Soundboard, 1984.

Article: "Teach Your Children Well," Dayton Journal Herald Magazine, 1986.

Article: "The Fingernail - A Closer Look", Classical Guitar, London, England, 1987.

Article: "Some Observations Regarding the Experiences of Guitar Students who Begin to Study the Piano as a Secondary Instrument" (with Dr. Joyce Cameron), Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Sept.1992.

Arrangement: "O Sweet Little Child," Mark Foster Music, 1991, guitar accompaniment.

Book: The Jim McCutcheon Guitar Method - a Dual Approach, Vols. 1 and 2, Heritage Music Press, 1994.

Recording: The Spice of Life (CD/cassette), 1994.

Book: Chant for Guitar, Unity Music Publications, 1995.

Book: Wedding Music for Guitar, Unity Music Publications, 1995.

Article: "The National Federation Junior Festival: How Guitarists Can Participate and Grow," Soundboard, 1995.

Recording: Moscow Nights (CD/cassette with oboist Mark Twehues), 1997.

Guitar Series: My First (Second, and Third) Recital Book, Heritage Music Press, 1997.

Recording: the Guitar Man (CD/cassette, music for children, OAC Artist Project), 1997.

Article: "Are You an Artist?", Ohio Arts Presenters Network Newsletter, Fall, 1997.

Articles: "Music to the Ears: Getting Kids Started" (Nov. '97); "Getting the Beat at an Early Age" (Jan.'98); "Bedtime Listening" (March, '98), Helping Your Kids Start a Recording Collection (July '98) Family Life Magazine.

Recording: Give Me a Treasure” documentary with poet David Hassler, produced by The Muse Machine and Dayton Public Radio, 2000.

Book: Recital Album, published by de Haske (Holland), 2000.

Recording: A Day with the Guitar Man, 2002. For a review, click here.

Article: “The Guitar Man: NFMC Guitar Advisor discusses his music education activities”; Junior Keynotes Magazine, pub. National Federation of Music Clubs, 2002.

Articles: Sound of Music Series, American Kids Magazine, 2003- present.

Article: The NFMC Junior Festival: How Guitar Societies and Their Teaching Members Can Participate and Grow, "Chicago Guitar" (July-Aug. 2003)

CD Reviews, Guitar Foundation of America, Soundboard, 2007 - present.



Ohio Arts Council, Artist Project Grant, 1996.

Ohio Arts Council, International Office Grant, 1998.

Ohio Arts Council, Artist Project Grant, 2001.



Wright State University: Distinguished Music Alumni Award, 1992.

Miami Valley Cultural Alliance: Artist Fellowship, 1994.

Dayton Music Hall of Fame: Achievement in Music Education, 1999. Awarded by the Dayton Voice.

Sigma Alpha Iota: Friend of the Arts, 2002.

Wright State University School of Graduate Studies: Outstanding Alumni Award, 2002.  

The Muse Machine: Prism Award, 2002.

Parents’ Choice Foundation: 2003 Silver Award for “A Day with the Guitar Man”  

Middfest International: 2005 MIRA (Middfest International Recognition Award)

Montgomery County Culture Works: Individual Artist Fellowship (for composition), 2006

Ohio Federation of Music Clubs: 2011 First Place Adult Composers Contest

Henry Cates Award 2013 for Outstanding Volunteerism, Dayton Public Radio

Philo Farnsworth Award for Public Television Programming (GuitarFest 2012) with the Miami Valley Communications Council

Ohio Federation of Music Clubs: 2014 First Place Adult Composers Contest for "Serenade for Guitar and Strings

Ohio Federation of Music Clubs 2016 Second Place Adult Composers Contest for "Prelude for Gutiar and Strings"

Huber Heights Performing Arts Hall of Fame, inaugural inductee, 2016

Faculty Achievement in Teaching (Part-Time Faculty), Miami University Regional Campuses, 2017.

Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts in Arts Education, May, 2017



Television: ABC's "Wife Swap" (as a music teacher) November, 2006
                   WHIO, WDTN, WLIO, WKEF, WPTD, Miami Valley Cable Council.


Concert series and festivals: Woodstock (IL) Opera House, Berea (KY) College, Detroit (MI), Gilbert (AZ), Lancaster Festival, Defiance College Schomburg Series, Akron Civic Center, Cambridge, Middfest, Franciscan Life Center, College-Community Arts Council (Celina), Troy-Hayner Concert Series, Springfield Summer Arts Festival, Cincinnati State College, Kettering Summer Series, Granville Concert on the Green, Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, UC-Clermont Calico Series, Raymond Walters College, Lebanon (OH) New Little Symphony, cities of Oakwood, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Centerville, Springboro, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Akron, Dayton International Peace Museum.

First-Night (Dayton, Warren, Middletown)

Two-week tour of Russia with oboist Mark Twehues (1998) for Crosscurrents International Institute.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concerto appearance (1999), Fraze Pavilion (2003).

Miami Valley Symphony appearance, 2013.

School assembly programs and residencies: Muse Machine (MuseAdventure, Jr./Sr. High Artist and customized programs), Darke County, Springfield Artist in the Classroom, Eaton Area Arts Council, Dayton Public Schools, Centerville Kindergarten Village, Franklin Middle School, Franklin-Monroe ES, Huber Heights, Celina, St. Marys, Wapakoneta, Portsmouth, Medina County Schools, Overfield Preschool (Troy), St. Peter School (Huber Heights), St. Luke (Beavercreek), Incarnation (Centerville), Phoenix (AZ) schools.   


Guitar Foundation of America (1981-present).

Dayton Classical Guitar Society (1975-present); President, 1977-present.

Member, Centerville Arts Commission, 1990-1995. Chair: 1992-3.

Ohio Arts Presenters Network, (1988-2005).

American Society of Composers and Publishers (2002-present).            

School Assemblies
and Residencies
Workshops for Teachers
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"The Intimate Guitar"

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