“The most important part of making music is to have fun!”
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The most important part of making music is to have fun! Learning music can be understandably challenging and tough sometimes, which makes the factor of fun so much more crucial. I firmly believe that education in a captivating form can lead to a much more efficient, and healthy learning environment. My aim as a teacher is to provide lessons that are tailored to your interests, while implementing exercises and techniques that will aid your progress and keep you intrigued and content.
Name: Clayton (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am currently in my forth year of studies for my Bachelors of Jazz Education degree at Capilano University, which prepares me not only for music pedagogy but performance as well. I have played trumpet for about seven years in total, starting from my grade seven band class. Ever since I have always sought out the opportunity to further my abilities via private lessons, which has given me much motivation to keep striving further! Even though teaching Jazz trumpet is my specialty, I am also trained in Classical trumpet techniques, ear training, music theory, and most importantly improvisation. As well as having experience in traditional forms of music pedagogy, I also have training in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly methods of learning.
Capilano University Academic Dean's List (2020 - Present)
I come from a musical family and have been learning music since my early childhood. My relatives and I all took classical piano lessons as children, and one of my cousins is now a music teacher. From their experiences and mine, I knew from adolescence what works for a student and what really doesn't. As you dive into the more technical parts of making music, it can feel like you are learning a new language without any basis, and I fully understand how much effort and willpower it requires to understand those things. This has led me to focus my teaching methods to provide instruction that is easy to understand and interesting to learn. Aside from teaching and being a Jazz school student, I have been performing as a professional musician for a number of years, from Jazz groups as a sideman and my personal band to opening for an event at the Commodore Ballroom. These experiences have taught me not only the knowledge of being prepared, but understanding the importance of performing music itself.
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
Clayton is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Clayton 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.