James’ personal mission is to realize the potential of music-making as a force for social change, community building, and personal wellbeing. Following a time as a composer, arranger and keyboardist in Los Angeles Jamescompleted his PhD in Music: Integrative Studies in 2019 at from University of California, San Diego, where he was a Cota-Robles Fellow, and was a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellow at Kutztown University. He is currently a teaching fellow within Harvard's Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative, and also serves as a visiting assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University. His studies explore music theory pedagogy, including embodied cognition of musicality and music learning, particularly. His work has been published by the Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Education, and College Music Symposium.