Please note: this website is in the process of updating (October-December 2006). Please return frequently for new information.
For many years I have been studying and performing less well-known repertoire on plucked string instruments.
In addition to performances with my wife, Maggi, I perform solo, with chamber ensembles and orchestras, world music ensembles and in opera and theater pit orchestras.
I specialize in 19th and 20th century American music both cultivated and vernacular and have explored and performed much unusual repertoire.
I perform contemporary concert music including my own compositions and those of my contemporaries.
Follow these links to some free lessons, publications and other information about some of the instruments that I play.
If you are interested in private lessons on plucked string instruments, music theory, ear training, improvisation and/or composition, please contact me.
About Jim Dalton
Jim is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, teaching music theory, ear training and world music courses for both the Music Theory and Music Education Departments.
Jim maintains a private teaching studio in partnership with his wife, Maggi.
They also own and operate a publishing company, Singing String Music Publications.
He has written articles for Blues Revue Magazine and is the author of Mandolin for Beginners, published by Workshop Arts, Inc./Alfred Publishing. He is a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as composition, choral arranging and Irish traditional music.
He recently (2004-2005) received a MACRO research grant (Univ. of Wisconsin) to study and analyze palindromic compositions in the concert music repertoire and presented this work at the 2005 Macro Musician's Workshop in Madison WI.
Jim Dalton endorses and plays the Phoenix Neoclassical Mandolin
Jim's book, Mandolin for Beginners, has been published by Alfred Publishing (and National Guitar Workshop)
It's available online and in retail stores both nationally and internationally. You can learn everything from how to hold/ tune a mandolin, how read tablature and strum -- to reading music, tremolo techniques, improvising.
It's full of interesting tunes and practical advice. There's a CD in it, so you can hear as well as read all the good stuff in the book. 48 pages Book & CD
copyright 1997-2006 Jim & Maggi Dalton