• Name: James Yancey
    Subjects / Classes Taught: Guitar (all levels) and AP Music Theory
    Degree(s): BA in Music Education, BA Vocal Performance, BA in Business Management, BA in Music Management; MA in Choral Conducting; ABD DMA Music Education

    WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME!!!!  Here is my biography:

    James W. Yancey received his bachelor’s degree at Luther College in Decorah, IA in music education, vocal performance, business management and music management.  He earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from New Mexico State University under the guidance of Dr. Jerry Alt.  He has completed the coursework and summative exams for his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University in the area of music education.  He has taught all grade levels and is currently teaching choir (top level only) and guitar (three levels with a total of 245 students studying guitar) at Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is the former department chair for Performing Arts. Mr. Yancey was also the assistant music director at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ from 1992 until 2011.  He is currently the music director at this church  where he is the asst. organist, director of handbells, and conducts the chancel choir.  He also was a team teacher for the Cartwright Elementary Honor Choir from 1998-2005.  From 2003-2007 he was the director of the Chamber Singers at Phoenix College. He currently teaches beginning and advanced guitar classes, as well as handbells, at Phoenix College.  While teaching junior high in Phoenix, Mr. Yancey built the largest junior high choral program in the state of Arizona.  At one point there were over 275 students involved in three choirs.  He has conducted numerous choral festivals and was the Arizona Junior High All-State Choral Director in 1997 as well as the Arizona Elementary Honor Choir in 2003 as well as 2005.  He was the Arizona Southwest Regional Chairperson for Solo and Ensemble for the years 1999-2003.  In 2007 his Advanced Touring Guitar Ensemble was chosen to perform for the Arizona Music Educator’s Association.  In 2008 his Advanced Touring Guitar Ensemble toured throught Germany and Austria with a concert in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.  In 2009 the Advance Touring Guitar Ensembles were featured at the AMEA Music Educator’s State Convention. He has also taught several workshops for AMEA Conventions.   He is a member of the Music Educator’s National Convention, Arizona State Music Educator’s Association, American Choral Director’s Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. In 2012 the Advanced Touring Guitar Ensembles were featured at the Nevada Music Educator’s Association as well as toured Peru for two weeks. In 2016 the one guitar ensemble will tour Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice).


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  • Teaching Philosophy:  ALL students should find success.  I do not believe in failure.  If a student has the desire he will succeed.