Barrington - BAH Teacher #1773

“I love teaching brass instruments to students of all ages!”
 - Barrington


My teaching philosophy is student-focused. Meaning that I tailor my methods and tools based upon what the student's needs are, and their (or their parent's) personal objectives for music education. Some students are not looking to become professional musicians, but rather to gain an appreciation for the innate value of music and arts in general. For those students I like to focus on achieving a basic understanding of musical principles, including artistic taste and style, and knowledge of artists and repertoire. Other students are looking to achieve greater proficiency with their instrument and the ability to play more demanding repertoire in school band. These students may consider pursuing music as either a serious hobby or a profession and are usually willing to work harder. For this kind of student I like to focus heavily on the fundamentals of playing the instrument, such as breathing, ergonomics, tone production, range, flexibility, articulation, etc. While working on all these aspects I integrate the learning of scales, arpeggios, and chords, alongside certain technical etudes that I customize for each student's needs. This approach tends to yield a much faster progression of technical ability in the student, as well as overall faster learning of repertoire. Of course, there are many students in between these two extremes. My experience with teaching students of all ages has shown me that each individual student can thrive with some combination of two above approaches.

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

Age: 30's

Gender: male

I obtained a Bachelor's degree (with honors) in classical trombone performance from University of Toronto. My principal teacher while at U of T was Jeffrey Hall, bass trombonist of the Toronto Symphony I have also had lessons with Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra


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

Barrington is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas

Online lessons

Barrington 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.


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