“Every student is unique. Each one presents as a new challenge with unknown potential but in the end its about having fun and realizing a new way a expressing yourself.”
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The definition of a working musician has changed completely since my days as a student and I have had to re-invent myself and evolve to stay both current and competent in my area of performance. I pride myself on my ability to get back to the basics and work on establishing good practice habits while promoting a healthy and productive learning environment that fosters the growth and evolution of both aspiring and established musicians. My knowledge and experience has made me very versatile. I consider myself to be in essence one of the first of a generation of musical pioneers that had to adapt to the digital world while still adhering to the processes that made me the musician I am today. The musical landscape is constantly evolving but in my experience one thing remains true, good teachers need to do more than just repeat, we need to keep it real and not lose sight of why we started playing in the first place. Every student is unique. Each one presents as a new challenge with unknown potential but in the end its about having fun and realizing a new way a expressing yourself.
Name: Christian (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have been a student of the Classical guitar since I was 15 years old and I continue to this day on my quest to improve and become the best guitarist I can be. I studied privately, full time with the late Dr. Eli Kassner, protégé of legendary performer Andres Segovia and founder of the Toronto guitar society for over a decade. in 1992 I was accepted into the University of Toronto Music program as a guitarist where I planned on continuing my studies but I was offered a very appealing position in the Susan Aglukark band and opted to earn some laurels touring and experiencing life on the road. I still studied during those years with Dr. Kassner but I never found myself in a position to re-apply to the University and ultimately became a working session guitarist. I played on quite a few albums in the 90's most notably former "I Mother Earth" singer Edwins Ghazal's solo album "Another Spin Around the Sun" and Celine Dion's "A New Day" both of which won many awards in Canada and across the world.
2018 Best Original Music, Animation for "Mysticons - nominee 2018 Juno Award, Best Childrens Album "The Moblees" - nominee 1999 Juno Award, Best Rock Album "Another Spin Around the Sun" by Edwin - nominee
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).
Christian 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.