“Music is here to make us healthy, smart, creative, innovative, curious, interesting, and an overall well-rounded individual.”
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I know for a fact that music has a significant positive impact on individuals and their growth in life. Not everybody will become a professional and that is not the point. Music is here to make us healthy, smart, creative, innovative, curious, interesting, and an overall well-rounded individual. I have seen how something as simple as learning a drum rhythm can improve memory, cognition, math skills, sleep, relaxation, critical thinking, and deepen understanding in other areas of life. As a result, I approach my teaching method in a holistic, life-first, way - where I don't teach with the intent to make you a pro but rather to help you find purpose, excitement, and fulfillment in all of your pursuits - musical or otherwise. I will show you how to play a groove along with understanding why you're playing it, what it means, and how this can translate to other areas of life. At the end of the day, drumming is as simple or as meaningful as each student makes it, and I am here to facilitate and deepen that connection.
Name: Aleks (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have completed Musical Theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music and have completed courses in Flamenco and Brazilian percussion at York University as part of my BA Honors Degree. I have studied with drum instructors in Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, and London - including touring drummers for Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Mars Volta, and others.
I started taking guitar lessons first at age 10 and eventually formed a band that played a sold-out show at the Opera House at our peak. This background in guitar and writing melodies has given me an edge in drumming and especially in drumming with other musicians. I started playing drums at age 20 (I am 38 now), and am currently playing in my band which is signed to a record label.
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
Aleks is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Aleks 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.
Aleks' Studio Location
Aleks 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.