Arvin - BAH Teacher #2373

“Arvin, a dedicated music teacher with a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, offers online and in-studio lessons in West Vancouver. Specializing in composition and piano, Arvin teaches students from age 7 to adults, emphasizing the magic and fundamentals of music. With experience in scoring films and video games, he also instructs in theory, harmony, and RCM levels. Arvin's approach caters to each student's needs, aiming to instill a lifelong passion for music​​.”
 - Arvin


Pythagoras was amongst the first to posit the theory of the music of the spheres. Millenia later, quantum mechanics seems to reaffirm a similar idea and so does cymatics. Clearly, there is something magical and fundamental about music, and as a teacher I inspire my students to see that. I inspire them to not only turn the notes on the page into sound but to make that sound express something unique to them, which is something unique about the world. That is the power of music. Given my extensive experience, not only is my teaching method efficient and effective, but I believe in establishing a good rapport with all my students. Students, specially the younger ones, enjoy music a lot more when they like their teacher! I teach all ages and levels and always cater my lessons to my students’ specific needs and personalities. That is of utmost importance to me. I always aspire to instill a life-long passion for music in my pupils. I believe this to be of utmost value, not only for their further pursuit of music, but their general development as intelligent, caring and responsible human beings. If music is so fundamental to the reality we live in, it is a part of us. As a music teacher, I do my best to help my students discover that part of themselves.

Name: Arvin (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 30's

Gender: male

* University of Toronto - Doctor of Musical Arts. * University of British Columbia - Master of Music. * University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Music. My principle teachers were Christos Hatzis, Alexander Rapoport, Stephen Chatman and others. Having studied the music of all the great composers, you could say they have all been my teachers, as well! Websites:

University of Toronto • A graduate funding consisting of university tuition plus a stipend amount of $11,000 a year for the four years of study, received due to an exceptional academic transcript. University of British Columbia • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, 2011 – in the amount of $2000 • Robert A. Tipple Scholarship in Music, 2009 – in the amount of $900 • Maurice Taylor Scholarship in Music, 2009 – in the amount of $300 • Pearl Schneider Chan Memorial Scholarship in Music, 2008 – in the amount of $2300 • President’s Entrance Scholarship, 2006 – in the amount of $500 • British Columbia Government Scholarship, 2006 – in the amount of $1000 I've had my music performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and others. I am the head composer of the videogame, "The Lays of Altas" I have also scored a lot of movies and am credited on IMDb. One of such films, "The Gold Teeth," made it to Oscar-qualifying festivals.

I have a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in music composition from the University of Toronto (2016). I am also an accomplished pianist and improviser. I am an RCM-certified teacher and am comfortable teaching any level of RCM piano, theory, harmony/counterpoint and history. I also teach composition as I am active scoring films and videogames.



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

Arvin 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.

Arvin's Studio Location

Arvin 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.