“Music should be about following your passions and desires.”
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I strongly believe that every musician should embrace a sense of playfulness at the instrument. "Play" can take various forms, from improvising over a blues to performing Beethoven sonatas at a high level, or exploring free jazz and composing minuets. Music should be about following your passions and desires. As a teacher, my goal is to guide my students towards that place, helping them discover the fastest and most effective path to achieve their musical aspirations.
Name: Brendan (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Pop from MacEwan University, and I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Classical Piano Performance at the University of Alberta. Throughout my academic journey, I have had the privilege of learning from exceptional instructors such as Tom Van Seters, Chris Andrew, Jim Lewis, Mark Segger, Patricia Tao, Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, and Deborah Cleaver. Beyond my academic pursuits, I am actively involved in the music scene, performing professionally in various pop and jazz gigs. I have served as a solo piano performer and collaborated with talented artists like Calvin Love, Justine Vandergrift, Jon Guenter, Eamon McGrath, Aladean Kheroufi, Zia Mizera, and many others. Music is my passion, both as a performer and as an educator, and I am dedicated to sharing the joy and beauty of music with others.
- TD Ottawa Jazz Fest Award 2017
I had the honor of participating in the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, where I was recognized with the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival award. As a teacher, I have found great value in the Taubman approach, and for the past year, I have been taking lessons with the esteemed Taubman teacher Deborah Cleaver to further enhance my technical expertise in piano instruction.
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).
Brendan 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.