Music with James

James is available for children's parties, preschool concerts and special events in New York and surrounding areas. He brings his guitar, harmonicas, parachute and animal puppets, as well as rhythm instruments for the kids to play along. He also brings a special instrument, such as the accordion or trumpet. The children dance, jump, clap and sing along as both children and parents are drawn into an interactive musical experience that is fun and educational.

Additional Details

  • For larger events, James will bring a professional sound system to fill the venue. 

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Elyse F.
Feb 25, 2019
Music with James

James played at our daughters 2nd birthday party. He was absolutely amazing. She loves Sesame, which was our theme and James did a lovey job incorporating Sesame Street into his session. We had a small group of children which can make it hard to keep them interested but not for James he kept everyone engaged including the adults. He has tons of energy and is very talented. He really made the party memorable and special! I highly recommend him.
Deneen D.
Jan 5, 2015
Music with James

James played at my daughters 2nd Beatles Themed Birthday Party. He was a pleasure to work with, very responsive, on time, and prepared with the Beatles songs we requested. He is VERY talented and the kids and adults all loved him - he was the highlight of our party!
Jennifer C.
Dec 10, 2014
Music with James

James played at my daughters 3rd birthday party and we were very pleased. He is great to work with and the kids really enjoyed the music. James is good at keeping the kids interested and brings props for the kids to use. I highly recommend him for your toddlers party.
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Reviews for Music with James

Jane M.
Sep 27, 2015
Music with James (Provider)

My daughter has loved Music with James for the last six months (is 20 months old now), and I think she'll continue to enjoy it for a long time. Lots of fun songs, instruments, toys, and of course, everyone's favorite, snacks! The drop-in option and various days/times makes it perfect for accommodating changing nap schedules or other classes. When baby no. 2 is born, he'll get to enjoy class, too!
Tina S.
Sep 4, 2015
Music with James (Provider)

My daughter has so much fun in this class. She started attending when she was 8 months old, and still loves it at 20 months. The drop in format and wide range of days/times made it extremely flexible. Price is the most reasonable in the area.
Erin E.
Dec 11, 2014
Music with James (Provider)

James played at my kids' 2nd birthday parties. He does a great job keeping the kids engaged with various instruments and a mix of classic kids music and his own music. He's easy to work with and is very reasonably priced! I highly recommend him as a birthday party performer and his drop-in classes are perfect for our ever-changing schedules!
Elizabeth S.
Dec 7, 2014
Music with James (Provider)

James played my daughter's 1st and 2nd birthday parties and I have recommended him to every friend I have with kids! He is amazingly talented and easy to work with. His music appeals to kids of all ages and even the parents love his entertainment! He comes with different props for each song and provides an extremely engaging 45 minute show! You'd be far fetched to find a better birthday entertainer!
Rachel K.
Oct 1, 2014
Music with James (Provider)

This is a great class. Both my 10 month old and 2.5 year old enjoy it! The flexibility of dropping in works really well for our schedules, as well.
Davy H.
Mar 24, 2015
Music with James (Single Drop-In Class)

Great class. Wide age range.
Lauren M.
Mar 3, 2015
Music with James (10 Pack of Drop-In Classes)

Great class - especially love that he lets the kids hang and play afterwards so parents can meet. Wish I knew about it when my son was an infant but happy to have found it now!
Kelli K.
Dec 11, 2014
Music with James (10 Pack of Drop-In Classes)

GREAT class! we love the flexibility and my son always has so much fun. We have made so many friends from the neighborhood in the class too! It also is very reasonably priced!
Gerri V.
Aug 5, 2014
Music with James (Single Drop-In Class)

This is a great class that babies and toddlers of a wide range of ages can enjoy together. We love the drop in format so we can attend classes as they suit our changing schedule. We always look forward to this class and have a great time!
Deepa B.
Aug 5, 2014
Music with James (drop in for siblings)

Good for young toddlers for a year of learning great music and nursery rhymes. But it gets to be repetitive and not so great after 1 year of hearing the same music.
Sandra S.
Jul 21, 2014
Music with James (Drop-in)

James' music class is the best. Not only is the drop in format super convenient and much less stressful than having to commit my 1 year old to a 10 week "semester", but having tried lots of other music classes - Music Together, Songs for Seeds, ABC Do-Re-Mi, Music for Aardvarks - Music with James is still our favorite. The class format is perfect in that every song is accompanied by a new instrument played by James (he appears to be able to play every musical instrument known to man) plus a fresh set of interments for the kids to play along with. He doesn't do silly things like hand out the instruments one by one like some music classes do, or restrict kids from moving and dancing around to the music. The post class play session + free snacks is a great bonus too, and gives the kids a chance to play together and the caregivers to get to know one another. My now 5 year old attended James' music classes between the ages of 1-4 and my second child will too!
Rosa R.
Jun 12, 2014
Music with James (ten classes)

This is a great drop in music class. In addition to the traditional baby music toys (shakers, bells, etc...), James will bring out a few different instruments every class to show the kids (violin, clarinet, even the accordion...). There's lots of room to dance around and the price is great!
lindsay D.
Jan 4, 2014
Music with James (Single Drop-In Class)

Great drop in class! The space is large so lots of room to play and dance. James plays a few instruments and brings some around for a hands on to help the children understand the instrument. We loved the class so much we signed up for a 10 pack!
melissa G.
Oct 28, 2013
Music with James (Drop-in)

Music with James was a great experience for my 20 month old! James is high energy and engaging, and my son loved particularly loved the balls and parachute, which is not offered in all music classes. For me, the flexibility of drop-in is ideal. I recommend you check out his music classes!


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James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. For the past ten years, he has been performing for children's events and leading music classes at numerous preschool programs in Manhattan, including the ‘For Kids Only' program at Reebok Sports Club and Sports Club LA, The Kid's Korner Preschool, Saint Joseph's Elementary School, Hudson Guild Children's Center, Island Kids (Roosevelt Island), Bright Horizons Children's Center, Vet's Kids and the Early Ear. He also gives several annual children's concerts in Manhattan and on Cape Cod, MA. The Music with James program meets in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood and the Upper East Side, as well as Brooklyn Heights, Jersey City, and Roosevelt Island (see Class Locations).

James took up piano at age five and later added guitar, trumpet and French horn. After college he ventured to New York City, where he headlined at Greenwich Village nightclubs and landed a four-year songwriting contract with Sony Music. NBC News Nashville ran a feature on James as a new Sony artist; he also appeared in a Japanese TV commercial and on talk shows in Japan and Holland.

James lives in Manhattan with his wife and two young children. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in English Literature, James is completing an MA in Music Education.   

Pricing & Options

Base Price
incl. 25 guests
Maximum # of Kids 25 guests
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Party Basics

Ages 1 to 5
Duration 45  to 60 min
Party Types
Exclusive Facility Use YES
Outside Entertainment Permitted YES
Alcoholic Beverages Permitted YES
Most parties book 1 day in advance


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