Launched in 2007, the mission of G-Clef Music Academy is to provide a nurturing environment while developing and enhancing the music skills of its students. We believe that an education in the arts is one of the most essential and enriching experiences a child, youth or adult can enjoy.
G-Clef Music Academy is dedicated to providing students with an exceptional educational and artistic experience while fostering a lifelong appreciation of and commitment to excellence in music. We also strive to foster creative expression, promote personal enrichment and encourage a love of music. One new exciting way that we are promoting the life-long love for music is through our new G-Clef Music Club. Whatever your age, you can learn music by playing fun music theory games. Get more information about G-Clef Music Club.
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A Melodious Mission
James H. Gumbs, Jr., , the Academy Director, holds a college degree in music education from Clark-Atlanta University and has worked in the education system of the Virgin Islands for 15 years. James is an accomplished musician. In the early part of his career, he performed with music giants, such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles. Currently, he is also the Conductor of the Virgin Islands Philharmonic and the director of music at his church. He loves music theory and utilizes technology to assist students in understanding music, so they can enjoy playing and discovering what they can achieve.
Meet our Academy Director
Meet our Violin Instructor
Clarence “Lumumba” Leonard has taught both vocal and instrumental music to students in the public schools system for over twenty-five years. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University and has a BS in Public School Music. He has taught music to students from kindergarten to adults and has performed with several local bands.
Catherine Early was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and comes from a musical family. She began playing piano at the age of 7 and attended the College of Music, Dublin for many years. She continued her musical studies at Hunter College, NYC, majoring in Voice with a minor in Piano. Catherine moved to St. Thomas in 2001 and became involved in the musical community singing in several choirs and playing flute and piano in the Virgin Islands Philharmonic. Catherine loves many genres of music including Traditional Irish music and plays fiddle and tin whistle. When not teaching piano at G-Clef Music Academy she practices as a Neuromuscular therapist and Integral Sound healer at Healing Tree Physical Therapy Center.