Brandon - BAH Teacher #2187

“So many drummers learn differently, and as a teacher, I strive to understand the unique qualities of each student.”
 - Brandon

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Music has been such a gift in my life. It has given me a means of expressing myself and I couldn't imagine life without it. The drums are such a beautiful instrument and are as old as human history. They can be loud, quiet, simple, and chaotic, all in the span of one tune. Every drummer is unique. The drum set is a physical extension of the person who is playing it, and every person is unique. So many drummers learn differently, and as a teacher, I strive to understand the unique qualities of each student. I use this as a jumping off point for the student's musical growth. I always encourage my students to listen to and discover music they enjoy. That is why, as early as the first lesson, we start playing along to simple songs. You can get started playing your favourite songs with the very first drum beat that you learn on the very first day! New students will also learn many of the foundational techniques and rudiments of drumming: the building blocks. We work on our understanding of rhythm and counting and learn how to read music and rhythm in a fun and engaging way. All this works in sync and is applicable to everything we do on the drum set, as well as any other instrument we play down the road. More advanced students will learn new ways to grow and be creative on the instrument, drawing influence from a wide variety of musical genres, or genres they are already interested in. I look forward to meeting and helping you either get started on, or progress further along your musical journey!

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

Age: 29

Gender: male

I have a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Windsor. Studying jazz in Detroit gave me the opportunity to work in an incredibly vibrant jazz culture and learn from many professional musicians. I had the opportunity to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the Wayne State Big Band, perform concerts with high profile guest artists, and perform a graduation recital featuring my own arrangements and compositions. In my undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor, I conducted the school's pep band, led numerous percussion ensembles, and was a recipient of the Ianni scholarship award. I also worked as a Teacher's Assistant in both conducting and music history at both schools.

Ron W. Ianni Scholarship Performance Award

English

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

Brandon 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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