“A key mission of mine is nurturing my students' rhythm, a force that propels them through both their musical journey and life's path.”
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Classical guitar weaves into my daily life like the essentials of eating and sleeping. Across cultures, languages, and musical genres, the rhythm within music remains constant. Rhythm, a foundational cornerstone of music, finds a distinct expression through the classical guitar, uniquely able to harmonize melodies and accompaniments. A key mission of mine is nurturing my students' rhythm, a force that propels them through both their musical journey and life's path. Amidst musical mishaps, the rhythm shouldn't falter, a principle I emphasize rigorously. In tandem, I devote meticulous attention to posture and technique. The classical guitar, akin to many instruments, feels foreign to our physicality. Guiding students to cultivate their body's well-being—relaxing hands, back, shoulders, and countenance—is paramount. I'm resolute in establishing a safe haven where students anticipate the joys of classical guitar playing and learning. As the spark of delight ignites, practice extends seamlessly beyond the classroom, anticipation for lessons kindles. This symbiotic relationship between enthusiasm and learning organically takes root.
Name: Alejandro (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have just graduated with a bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toronto. I have played classical guitar since I moved to Canada when I was 10 years old. I studied with Frank Deresti, an energetic and rigorous conservatory teacher , until the age of 18. At the University, I studied under Rob MacDonald and Jeffrey McFadden, two of the best classical guitarists in the country. I have learned a tremendous amount of repertoire and technique, as well as have had the privilege of playing in a guitar ensemble for 12 years. In my time in Toronto, I have met amazing teachers and colleagues who have pushed me to be a strong guitar player and teacher.
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
Alejandro is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Alejandro 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.