“I teach singers of all levels to find joy and confidence in the expression of voice. ”
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I teach singers of all levels to find joy and confidence in the expression of voice. Regardless of genre, my students learn to bring their best voices and best selves to any performance.
Name: Andrew (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I began my musical education at St Michael Choir School in Toronto, where I garnered numerous student level awards across the full 11 year program (grades 3-12(OAC)). During this time I achieved -through private examination- registered RCM equivalencies in: Rudiments 2, Harmony 3, Counterpoint 4, History 4, Piano 8, Guitar 3, Voice 9. My musical instructors included emeritus professor of the Liturgical Music department of The Vatican, T. Barret Armstrong, premier Canadian classical guitar composer and performer Paul DuSatko, and celebrated Toronto conductor and clinician Jerzy Chickoki. I also took individual voice lessons with Canadian Opera Company alumni John Arab (Tenor) and Kathy Arab (Alto/Mezzo). I continued performance education through masterclasses and clinics with the RCM, York University, and The University of Toronto, during which time I was also a professional vocalist with The Nathaniel Dett Choral, The Mendelssohn Singers, Elora Festival Singers, The Eisler Singers and Tafelmusik. Having sung numerous engagements with CBC, Bravo Television, The Governments of Ontario and of Canada, The City of Toronto, and numerous prestigious intitutions in the United States including the Inaugural Commitee of Washington DC, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Library of Congress, I bring a wealth of performance and teaching experience to any student wishing to make a career with their voice.
Though the bulk of my formalized education was classical, I have since become an accomplished multigenre musician, proficient in: musical theatre, afrocentric spirituals, world music of central Africa and Latin America, modern rock, rock & roll/R&B, progressive, heavy metal/alternative, a capella, and sung vocal impressionism. I have also served as musical director for two theatre productions, and conductor for chamber choruses and a capella groups.
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
Andrew is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Andrew 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.