Chris - BAH Teacher #2257

“A strong understanding of fundamentals and music theory make it possible to learn anything!”
 - Chris


I think music is for everyone and it is for enjoyment. Goals and expectations are nice, but first of all I want to be having fun and enjoying music with you or your child. I believe from that starting point everyone can take part in the joy of music making that can lead to as a little or as much as a nice social life, joy of discovery and personal improvement, artistic expression, or even a fulfilling and challenging career.

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

Age: 30's

Gender: male

I have completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University, studying primarily jazz performance and improvisation. Before that I studied classical guitar in the RCM up to grade 7 while playing in rock bands and and getting interested in jazz. Since graduating York I've been teaching in Toronto and playing and touring as a bassist among some of the best musicians in Canada.

I won some scholarships in my school days, but most of all I'm proud to have been a busy working full time musician and if that's not award enough I don't what is.

I wasn't interested in music until my early teens, in fact I quit piano lessons as child! As such I feel I share a common background to most people who are starting music for the first time or trying to get to 'the next level', whichever level that may be. I've studied so many styles of American, Classical and World music for the purposes of teaching a curious mind, or for the purpose of fitting in to a new band as a bass player that I don't even know what I like any more, but I've found that strong understanding of fundamentals and music theory make it possible to learn anything I can hear and I hope to pass those skills on to anyone who is looking.


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

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.