“Focus being on musicianship rather than a strictly guitar-centric perspective.”
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I take a holistic, mentoring approach, adapting lessons to the student's interests and abilities. We cover technique, repertoire, theory, ear training, with the focus being on musicianship rather than a strictly guitar-centric perspective. We learn to play full songs from start to finish, giving students a better understanding of musical context and a sense of accomplishment when a song is mastered. I'm also a singer, and love to work with singer/songwriters and performers. I look forward to meeting you and helping with your musical development!
Name: Aaron (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am a Summa Cum Laude (highest honours) graduate of Berklee College of Music, where I received a B. Mus with a specialization in Music Production & Engineering. My principal instrument at Berklee was guitar, where I studied with notable guitarists Mike Williams and Lauren Passarelli. Before attending Berklee, I studied privately with Neil Bateman, an accomplished jazz guitarist and music director at several Ottawa-area high schools. I’ve performed as a guitarist, both alone and as a session player for others, since 1996. As a vocalist, I studied for 2 years with Sandra Nason, director of the Canadian Showcase Chorus. Upon attending Berklee, I minored in voice, taking all the elective courses I was permitted, including private classes with Joyce Lucia. I’ve performed as a vocalist on recordings and in concert since 1996.
- Summa Cum Laude (highest academic honours), GPA 3.8
- 2019 grant recipient, Québec English Language Arts Network (ELAN) State of the Arts: Public Experts Project
As a full-time musician, I've worn several professional hats. I've worked in live sound, composed for video games, placed music in hundreds of television shows, mixed and mastered albums, and produced recordings for other artists, in addition to my own performing career. This varied experience allows me to communicate to students how guitar fits into the bigger musical picture. I teach students how to work with other musicians, play to serve the song, and develop excellent listening skills. Students benefit from this multifaceted approach whether their goal is to be a musical hobbyist, academic, or professional.
Rates and Studio Policies
Registration Fee: $25.00 (One-time lifetime registration fee may be used by all family members)
Rates for instruction:
30 minute private lesson: $39.00
45 minute private lesson: $49.00
60 minute private lesson: $59.00
Travel charge: additional $15.00 per visit (for lessons in a client's home as opposed to my studio)
1. Cancellation Policy
Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.
2. Cessation (quitting) Policy
A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.
3. Illness Policy
Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.
BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.
No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.
4. Rescheduling Policy
Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.
Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy
Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.
It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.
5. Evaluation Period
There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).
Lessons in your home
Aaron is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Aaron can provide online instruction. While other platforms are possible BAH strongly recommends the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform as it is optimized for music lessons and audio quality.
Aaron's Studio Location
Aaron offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.