James Maher
Department Name:
Music Education
Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
101 Walnut Lane Princeton NJ 08540
Role: 
Faculty
Department Name: 
Music Education
Mailing Address: 
101 Walnut Lane Princeton NJ 08540

James is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he teaches the course Music in Special Education. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.M. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, he began his teaching career at Cambridge School in Pennington, N.J., a private school for children with language-based learning differences. At Cambridge, he became captivated with the science of learning, as well as research-based methods and programs. Working in the field of special education for over a decade, James has done much continuing education including training in the Orton-Gillingham method through the Institute for Multisensory Education (IMSE) University of Michigan-Dearborn - Special Education Department and Wilson Reading System® Level 1 Certification. In addition, he has been trained in the Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes® including; LiPS®, Seeing Stars®, Visualizing & Verbalizing® and On Cloud Nine Math®. Other multi-sensory trainings include the Hochman Basic Writing Skills Program through the Windward Teacher Training Institute, Making Math Real™ through the University of California Berkley and the Read Naturally Program. James was trained in the assessment and intervention for executive function difficulties at the Cape Cod Institute and has taken several postgraduate courses in speech and language science. To stay on the cutting edge of research he attends the Learning and the Brain Conference on a bi-annual basis; the last being in February of this year which focused on teaching self-aware minds and using brain science to boost social and emotional skills. His career has expanded beyond the classroom to his current role of Assistant Head of School & Educational Administrator, where among other responsibilities he oversees curriculum and instruction, as well as teacher and parent education. James holds a master’s degree with distinction in Educational Administration from Rider University.