music education

through inspiration

austin tx.

Band Aid School of Music - Austin Texas Regardless of your level of play we have the qualified staff to take you to the next level. World class musicians who have helped make Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World".

We are in the business of helping you to be the best person you can be. We support that goal by showing you how to be the best musician you can be.

We also have teachers who come to your home. How's that for convenience?

Private lessons start at $30. Please call or email for more information.



contact : email / 512 291 8224 / location : 2309 Thornton Studio E. Austin, 78704

FACTS About why we are the BEST.

1. We are the BEST IN THE USA at building great young bands.

- PROOF - AfterMath, a band that I formed and developed since the founding members were 9 years old, won best teen band in the USA last year.


- PROOF - We Cover Songs, Performance, Recording, Image, Booking, Marketing and more. Bands that have benefited from my Year Round Rock Camp Program include:
AfterMath (Won SJUSA 2010), Keep it Save it (TKAA), The Vinyl (The Backyard), SuperPal Universe (ACL Fest), Anarchy on Mars (SXSW Underage), Yawn Yawn, Comintern (TKAA), Goodnight Australia (Next Up), Throwback Heart Attack, Loading Soul, The Casey Karhan Band, The Nouns, Goonies Never Say Die, Solstice and more...


- PROOF - We give back to your community. This year we've given over $1600 to organizations that support families with Autism. We've help raise over $1000 for teachers in your school districts. AND...

Since July we have raise almost enough for 3 people to have a one month scholarship. That's three people who will gain training for their art and their lives! THANKS TO YOU and People like with with generous hearts!!

To contribute, Call 512-698-8227 and I can take your payment over the phone. thx!


- PROOF - Before founding Band Aid, I taught at another music school in Austin that was voted BEST PLACE TO GET VOICE LESSONS. At the time there were two voice coaches at that school Myself and a female instructor.


- PROOF - AJ Vincent of The Bright Light Social Hour, studied with me during the genesis of the Band Aid Music Business Program. He and his father approached me asking for the music education that he could not get in a tradition music school. AJ assisted me while I was Assistant Production Manager at SXSW and helped behind the scenes during a number of festivals, including helping me found The Kids Are Alright Fest. Now AJ's band, The Bright Light Social Hour is the hottest new band in Texas and getting bigger all the time. This is in part due the knowledge and music business savvy that AJ learned from us at Band Aid.

6. We build better SONGWRITERS and BAND LEADERS

- PROOF - Teach an artist to write a song and you have fed their soul for a lifetime. Band leaders who have studied with me to improve their songs and performances include:
Billy Canino of Thieves, Zac Kellogg of White Leaf, Cat Green of Blue Kabuki, AJ Vincent of The Bright Light Social Hour, Travis Beall of The Nouns, Amanda Zoch (South Plains), Josh Googins of The Stumblers and Cause In Effect (Paul McCartney School of Music), Kelsey Farrell, Colt Rodgers (Belmont), Theo Halls (Belmont), Carlotta Garza, John Cloherty (Belmont), Frank Cortez, Lauren Davis, Daniel Stone of Isle of White, Josh Mosier of South of Center, Evan Butts of The Daze, Max Tollison of Max and Henry, You and Me and Sea Fields of Elephants, Nathan Thrash of Edison Chair, Chris Knight and Shane Miller of Mauve Avenger, Liz Montgomery, Brian Bone, Mitchell Stevens, Travis Pearlman of Stiff as Snakes, Evan Slack, Aubrey Elenz, Rush Evans and Livvy Bennett of SuperPal Universe, Rachel Thompson and Dustin Belanger of AfterMath, Hunter Sharpe, Austin Burns, Melissa Engleman, Brenda Hood of Hoodie Good, JT Wright of Solstice, Ava Baird, Charlie Baker, Teddy Chafizadeh of Electric Society, Casey Karhan and more...

7. Our Teachers are World Class Musicians

- PROOF - We have played from our living rooms to Carnegie Hall to World Tours with Oasis.


Call 512-698-8227 to sign up today.

8. We Come To Your Home

- PROOF - We understand what it's like to have a full schedule and be stretched for time. That's why we add extra value by coming to you. Teachers of Piano, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Woodwinds, Brass and Stringed instruments who all drive to your home.

9. Our Curriculum offers MORE VALUE than any other program in Austin.

- PROOF - A semester of lessons at Band Aid, includes:
Weekly lessons, 3 Performance Classes, Recording, a Public Stage Performance at the Band Aid Showcase, educational opportunities in Festival Production and raising money for charity.
These classes and events bring students together with peers and create a lasting bond and support for students that is found nowhere else. I know, I've pioneered programs at the other big music schools in Austin that don't come close to offering the value of Band Aid's program.

10. Our Performance Training is unparalleled.

- PROOF - I taught at different music school's in Austin for 10 years, before Founding Band Aid and was shocked how many teachers wouldn't go the extra mile to teach performance. The only way you can teach it is to create performance opportunities for each student. There are so many great learning opportunities for the pro, wanna-be pro or causal learner by putting you in a performance situation. That’s why we do it and we do it a lot! Our students get all the benefits of private lessons and learn how to put that knowledge into action.

Call 512-698-8227 to sign up today.


Best, James Mays


Youth Rock Band Program

Voice Lessons

Guitar Lessons

Bass Guitar Lessons

Drum Lessons

Piano and Keyboard Lessons

Song Writing

Master Classes


Music Production

Event Production

Music Business Internships


Band Aid Vocalist - AJ Vincent

AJ came to Band Aid to find an education in music that he couldn't get in a traditional University setting. He began by studying Voice, Song Writing and Event Production. Already an accomplished pianist, AJ progressed to the point where he now sings on stages the likes of Austin City Limits Festival. with his band The Bright Light Social Hour. AJ served as an intern for James Mays during SXSW from 2007-2008, and was instrumental in the creation and production of The Kids Are Alright Fest .



Band Aid Rock Band - AfterMath

This Psychedelic Rock 5 piece has been together since 2005 . AfterMath was voted 2010 best teen band in the America at School Jam USA. The band was voted a Top Ten Teen Band in the 2007 Austin Chronicle Music Poll and was a finalist in the 2008 "Taste of Addison" Festival contest. In 2009, they were voted an SPVA YouthCast Choice Award Winner along with other local talents including The Fireants and Georgia Napolitano. They have played SXSW Underage, Jam Fest 2009, 2008, 2007, Austin Music Hall, Antone's, Jovita's, Threadgills, MoMo's and the Pecan Street Festival and The Red Eyed Fly .



Band Aid Rock Band - Comintern

This Prog Rock 5 piece has been together since 2008 . They rehearse each week with their Band Aid instructor. Band members learn Song Writing, Music Production and Performance Skills. Comintern has appeared recently on News 8 and KXAN Austin and Jam Fest 2009. They were also a School Jam USA Semi Finalist for the Southwest Region. Members of the band have also benefited from Event Production Experiences for School Jam Texas and SXSW Underage.


Band Aid Rock Band - You and Me/Sea Fields of Elephants

Max Tolleson, the bands lead singer studied voice at Band Aid with James Mays. You and Me appeared at SXSW Underage and recently completed a national tour.




Band Aid Rock Band - Edison Chair

Edison Chair, the power-pop trio from Dripping Springs, TX, started playing & writing together in 2007 when they were just 15. With spot-on harmonies and hook-laden songwriting that belies their youth, Edison Chair finds itself poised to step onto the national stage. Nathan Thrash (guitar, vocals), studied voice under James Mays and the band benefited from Band Aid Master Classes , Showcases and Music and Event Production. They can best be described as The Ramones meets The Everlys through a Mersey-beat filter on a hot Texas night. They have appeared at SXSW Underage., Jam Fest 2008. They places 2nd in School Jam Texas 2008, and were Semi Finalist for School Jam USA.


Band Aid Rock Band - Anarchy on Mars

Unfortunately this 80's throwback is no longer playing together, but there were three years of dubious growth with Band Aid, which culminated at SXSW Underage., Jam Fest 2008. Band members learned Song Writing, Music Production and Performance Skills.



Band Aid Rock Band - Super Pal Universe

This band was created as a super group for a TV pilot created by Sara Hickman, Super Alright! and James Mays. The pilot never happened but the band went on to do big things in Austin, Including a performance at Austin City Limits Festival. Band members learned Song Writing, Music Production and Performance Skills.