My teaching is steered by wonder. I want to explore the questions yet answered . . . even the ones yet asked.
— from James' statement of teaching philosophy

JAMES FALZONE has been involved in teaching at the college/university level since 2002. He has been on the faculty of North Central College, Columbia College Chicago, and is currently on faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches courses in the departments of Liberal Arts and Arts Administration and Social Policy. James also has an ongoing relationship with the remarkable Deep Springs College in the desert of California where he was a Visiting Professor in 2013 and 2015. 

Click on the image to read a feature article about James and his teaching at Columbia College's @LAS Magazine.  

Click on the image to read a feature article about James and his teaching at Columbia College's @LAS Magazine.  

Over the years James has taught courses in music theory, composition, improvisation, world music, studio clarinet, and has been especially involved in designing interdisciplinary humanities courses around music and its ability to engage students in critical thinking. He has presented papers at major academic conferences nationally and internationally and has received numerous grants for his teaching and research. In 2014/2015 James was a Fellow at The Center For Black Music Research and, in 2013, a finalist for the Excellence In Teaching Award at Columbia College Chicago. His favorite student evaluation states: "If this course is Star Wars . . . James is Obi-Wan Kenobi."