James Cheesman

James Cheesman

Professor
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Guitar, Music Theory, History of Rock, Applied Music Program Co-Coordinator

Southern Californian native Jimmy Cheesman is a musician and educator specializing in seven-string guitar. He earned his Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music from California State University of Long Beach. He began at Santa Monica College in 2007 and became full-time faculty in the fall of 2017. Prior to his full-time appointment to SMC, Professor Cheesman taught at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, and Hope International University.

Some of the diverse artist he has studied/performed with include Ron Eschete, Frank Potenza, Joe Diorio, Jody Fisher, John Prince, Kevin Tulius (LA Jazz Quartet), Paul Kreibich (Ray Charles), and Richard Carpenter, to name a few. Known for his diversity and ability to simultaneously play bass and guitar parts, Professor Cheesman maintains an active performing calendar.