“My teachers and experience have shaped me as a player and as a person and I aim to do the same in my own teaching.”
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An education in music, I believe, is fundamental to becoming a more well-rounded person and will help develop various life skills. The discipline required for practicing, the mental focus of performing, or the teamwork of playing in an ensemble are a few of the skills that music will give you. As well, music adds beauty into your life and fulfills your soul. As a teacher, I want to be able to help people not only learn the fundamentals of their instrument, but help them to add more fulfillment into their lives and develop as people. In lessons I am fairly laidback but organized. I try to keep things light and fun, because that's how music should be. As well, I generally try touch on many areas including fundamentals, etudes and solos, music theory, music history, and more.
Name: Charlie (Full name will be provided upon registration)
My music education began when I was 7 years old and started piano lessons, which lasted until I was 15 and I continue to play to this day. At age 10 I began taking trumpet lessons, which led me to join the band program at school and eventually to an arts high school. I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto ('20) where I earned my Bachelor of Music in Performance (trumpet). While there, I studied with retired principal trumpet of the Toronto Symphony- Barton Woomert. I've taken additional lessons with many teachers who play with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, top freelancers, and various other organizations. I have performed in masterclasses for many world renowned soloists and orchestral players from around the world.
Semifinalist (Brass)- OSM Competition 2020 Winner of Hannaford Youth Rising Stars Solo Competition- 2019 Vincent Cichowicz Excellence Scholarship (Domaine Forget) - 2019 The Friends of the NACO Award (3rd prize in NACO Bursary Competition) -2019 Stairwell Carollers Scholarship -2016 Kiwanis Music Festival Brass Grade 10 - First Place - 2016 Ontario Kiwanis Music Festival Provincial Finalist - 2016
I have been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, studying with some of Canada's best musical mentors and performing with terrific young musicians from across the country. As well, I have attended the Domaine Forget Academy where I was able to learn from master musicians from around the world. In the past five years, I have taken lessons with over 20 different teachers. I've accumulated a lot of ideas and knowledge from them, and enjoy sharing it with others. These teachers have helped shaped me as a player and as a person and I aim to do the same in my own teaching.
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
Charlie is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas