“I include improvisation and creation from the very first lesson, because I believe that musicality is deeper and more vital than knowledge about music.”
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I believe that teaching is an art that requires careful study. Each individual is different which means that good teaching requires empathy and imagination. It doesn't work to apply the same method to every student; instead my job as a teacher is to find the approach that will work best for you. What will help you the most right now? Music for me is tied up with creativity. I believe that improvisation is the heart of music: the freedom and joy that comes from play (we call it PLAYING an instrument, after all)! Lack of that joy is what causes so many to quit or lose interest in music. When music becomes a meaningless chore, it dies. Instead, I always try to put curiosity in the driver's seat: what are you interested in? What excites you about music? I believe that when we follow that drive to explore that techniques and theory come naturally. Joy and curiosity cause us to discipline ourselves, and through self discipline comes freedom.
Name: Chris (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I learned to play in the context of improvisation and collaboration. My siblings were learning instruments at the same time and before we knew what we were doing we were writing and recording music. I later attended Rosebud School of the Arts in southern Alberta, where I deepened my musical understanding through various choirs, vocal coaching and courses in music theory. I also gained valuable performance experience as a dinner musician for Rosebud Theatre, playing music around the dining tables of the Rosebud Mercantile in various bands. I've recorded two solo albums and an album with my wife as "The Lazy Sundays."
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
Chris is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Chris 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.