“I believe that music is a basic human activity which should be accessible to all people.”
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I believe that music is a basic human activity which should be accessible to all people. For this reason, my teaching balances technical development (theory, ear-training, sight-reading, scales, arpeggios, etc…) with an exploration of a diversity of musical genres. I assign listening to my students to develop their taste, and cater the songs we learn to the preferences of the student, something which I have found to be extremely beneficial for both their musical and personal growth. I teach improvisation and composition very early in my curriculum in order to allow the student to explore their musical voice, and I believe that these skills benefit students regardless of whether they continue with music into adulthood. I assign work based on the amount of time that the student can devote to practicing so as to “push” students without overwhelming them. I work with students to develop healthy practicing routines, healthy technique, a personal sound, an understanding of music history, and a great wealth of musical repertoire across genres and eras.
Name: Avi (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am a recent graduate from Mcgill University in Jazz Guitar Performance- B.Mus. Prior to Mcgill, I completed a DEC in Jazz Guitar Performance at CEGEP Vanier, including the professional certification they offer as a third year. I took guitar lessons privately from the ages of 6-23. My primary teachers were Jim Bland and Carlos Jimenez.
I was a recipient of the Helmut Blume Memorial Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year
Outside of my academic pursuits, I play guitar for several local bands, such as Jonas Langer, Ali Levy, and the PMR Ska Collective. I also produce for rappers both locally and abroad, such as Kin, DO, the Outcast, Shem G, Syf of Talking Knots (UK), and ProtekPhillipe (Germany). My beats have accrued over 15 million plays on streaming services, landing on spotify editorial playlists as well as lo-fi Youtube playlists such as ChilledCow, Lofi Girl, and The Bootleg Boy. During my undergrad, I also completed a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and have published music journalism in the McGill journal for gender studies, Intersections. I have worked scoring several podcasts as well as for theatre. This experience allows me to teach modern composition using DAWs and notation software, as well as Midi programming.
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
Avi is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Avi 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.
Avi's Studio Location
Avi 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.