Ananda X. - BAH Teacher #3994

“I specialize in jazz and improvised music, but I'm a versatile player who loves and teaches many different styles. Ask me!”
 - Ananda X.


My teaching approach is based on 2 questions that put the student in the driver's seat from the very first lesson: "Why are you here?" and "How can I help you achieve your goals?" These questions serve to make the student's own interests, projects and initiatives the driving forces behind their work and progress.
 Fun comes first—because developing one's musicianship is very serious business, and because it requires our highest-quality attention.
 Excellence and perfection are worlds apart, and only one of those is worth reaching for. I make that important distinction clear to my students, encouraging them to lean into the mistakes and risks required to level up their skills and musicianship. 
  I specialize in jazz and improvised music, but I'm a versatile player who loves and teaches many different styles. Ask me!

Name: Ananda X. (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 30's

Gender: female

PRIVATE STUDIES AND/OR MASTERCLASSES studies and/or masterclasses with Tariq Harb, Ben Monder, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Stowell, Mike Rud, David Liebman, George Garzone and others (2011-present); harmony and improvisation with Steve Amirault (2011-2015) CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Jazz Studies and Performance (guitar); studied with Greg Amirault, Gary Schwartz, Jeri Brown and others; involvement in jazz, contemporary classical and electroacoustic classes and projects (graduated 2011)
 CÉGEP MARIE-VICTORIN, Music/Jazz Performance; studied wth Pierre Côté, Greg Amirault, Frédéric Alarie and others (attended 2002-2005)

My professional skills include live jazz performance, production management, arts administration, music education and more. (We musicians wear many hats!) Musically, here are a few topics I've studied in great depth: • strategies for developing independence between the guitar and voice (for singers who play/players who sing)  • improvised solo jazz guitar performance (standards à la Joe Pass and more) • advanced adaptation of vocal performances for the electric guitar • music transcription and notation, with a focus on jazz solos and guitar notation • advanced knowledge of Finale as pertains to the guitar Outside of music, I also work as a visual artist, creating original pieces of contemporary Indigenous beadwork (and managing the e-commerce website I built this past year to showcase and sell my work).



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).

Online lessons

Ananda X. 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.

Ananda X.'s Studio Location

Ananda X. offers lessons from her studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.