“Anyone can learn to play a musical instrument or sing.”
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Music is an incredibly fulfilling pursuit, the ability to play music whether simple or complicated is a feeling that is indescribable to those who have not experienced it themselves. Having the opportunity to teach music to others as a career is something I am very grateful for. In my opinion anyone can learn to play a musical instrument or sing, some do take to the initial stages faster than others but as someone who struggled for the first few years and still found themselves in a career as a professional musician, anyone can do it. In my opinion the most significant factor to whether someone will get through the beginning phases of learning an instrument is how they manage to retain motivation. We all get stuck in a rut from time to time and this is when most people tend to start slacking on practice or quit altogether, being aware that this is natural and happens to all musicians will help you continue on the path when times get tough (or boring!).
Name: Brett (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have an NQF 4 Music Performance certificate from the Campus of Performing Arts in Durban, South Africa, which included performance and music theory classes for Guitar, Bass and Drums. I am a self taught musician and have been playing live shows since I was 13. From the ages of 8 - 12 I sang in a few different choirs although not professionally at the time. Music has always been my main focus in life and will continue to be.
I have played music all my life, being involved in the choir from before my earliest memories. I began to play rock music live from the age of 13 and ever since then it has been my main pursuit in life and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. I have my own music festival which runs annually in South Africa and having been a band manager and sound technician for the last 8 years I have a lot of experience as someone who has worked in the industry and can impart that knowledge to my students
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
Brett is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Brett 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.
Brett's Studio Location
Brett 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.