“Music is deeply tied to expression and enjoyment.”
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I tailor my teaching to whatever the desires of my students are in music. Regardless of style or long-term goals, the most important part of music lessons for me is that they are enjoyable and educational. I always emphasize learning proper technique and fundamentals of the instrument, while simultaneously encouraging my students to explore how musical they can be even if we are just working on scales or studies. Above all, I believe that music is deeply tied to expression and enjoyment, and I strive to make learning and improving at music as rewarding as possible.
Name: Ben (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have my Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and I am currently working towards an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School, where I study with the Principal Trombone of the Toronto Symphony. I've had lessons and masterclasses with soloists and members of orchestras around the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony.
- President's Scholar of Excellence in the Faculty of Music - Frank Harmantas Trombone Scholarship - Cobourg Distinguished Civic Award for the Arts - B flat Band Festival Bursary winner - Finalist in the Hannaford Solo Competition in 2019 and 2020
I have played with bands and orchestras across the province, such as the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
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
Ben is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Ben 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.