Dr. James Brinkmann

James laughing while sitting on a step

I love curiosity, creativity, and connecting with music and people. Every day, I strive to bring a blend of creative exploration and practical application to the work I do. Here, you will find different ways I work toward connection through interactive performance, teaching, research, and writing. Find my current projects here!

Thanks for stopping by. I’d be honored to hear your story and curiosities. Join me for a conversation!

Happy creating! – James (he/him)

"Dr. Brinkmann's instructions were always clear, as well as the explanations of why the technique exercises were important and what exactly they were targeting. He taught me how to have fun while playing, which keeps me enjoying playing the flute every day."
Melissa A.
Student at the Lyon Conservatory, France

Dr. James Brinkmann is a versatile musician, educator, and researcher dedicated to fostering curiosity, creativity, and a sense of belonging in Western classical music and other musical communities. Currently serving as the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at the University of Texas at Tyler and a Flute Instructor for McKinney ISD in the Dallas area, he has a rich background, including teaching at Michigan State University and holding positions at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.

James Brinkmann, flutist, speaks on stage at TEDx

James is known for his interactive performances that engage listeners in meaningful ways, ranging from concert halls to subway jams across North America. As an accomplished orchestral musician, he played Principal Flute on the 2023 national tour of Netflix’s Our Planet Live in Concert and has held positions in various orchestras. With a strong academic background, he holds a D.M.A. and M.M. from Michigan State University and a B.M. from DePaul University.

Chant de Linos, Andre Jolivet

My lessons with James have shaped my college experience by helping me develop awareness and concrete practicing techniques. James’s use of his technical tools along with his inquisitive energy really helped me grow significantly as a person and player.
Kaitlin G.
BM, Music Education,
Michigan State University