“Let's have a great time while we learn to play our instruments and create music!”
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Pretty basic, I learned early on in my teaching career to be less of an "academic" and more of a "musician" and focus on the material that the student reacts to positively and use that repertoire as the platform to build a process of training them in the art of music. You see, most people want to learn to play music because that connects them with the feeling and the energy that lifts them to a higher place and fulfils the emotional and spiritual potential in all of us, not because they want to know the difference between a fully or half diminished seventh chord. I aim to have a fun and enjoyable time while we learn to play our instruments and understand music. Creativity and imagination are the most important ingredients and if I involve you in the baking you will master the recipe!
Name: Colin (Full name will be provided upon registration)
First off, it was the School of Hard Knocks... after seeing ZZ Top perform live and having the Reverend Gibbons blow my 11 year mind out of the arena I became obsessed with the Guitar and I had to figure it out. Problem was I did'nt have one! It was just my luck that not long after that show my older brother got his hands on a beat-up, burned-up and barely playable Gibson SG copy that required 16 fingers to bend up a semi tone at the 2nd fret but who cares I was digging it and bleeding all over the fretboard. After a while of playing on that beast I upgraded to the mother of all 80's Super-Strats! It was a Jackson Pollock splatter painted 24 fret soft tail 3 pickup Samick that would have been the highlight in the arsenal of every Poison cover band from Ventura Boulevard to the Sunset Strip. From then on I was lifting by ear all the Classic Rock riffs and Radio tracks fit for a high school cover band and kept that going until I heard about this guy, Julian Bream, who could play a few Classical tunes. I headed in an acoustic direction with a Spanish Nylon guitar and began studying the RCM Classical Guitar books and taught myself how to read notation with the help of a local cellist and my voice teacher at the time. I set out to attain a Diploma in Music from Capilano University under the guidance of Stephen Boswell. After that I obtained a Bachelors of Classical Guitar Performance and Pedagogy with Jeffrey McFadden at the University of Toronto and performed recitals and concerts with yadayadayada...Shut up and play yer guitar! During and after my studies I was teaching 100's of students and gigging in various groups and ensembles across the GTA and I have played in nearly every bar and club in Toronto. I am currently teaching and waiting to perform when the crowds start forming again. 30 years after my journey began I am interested in sharing my knowledge on-line through BAH with students across the country.
RCM Grade 6 = Best in Province. Peel Festival = Bronze, Silver, Gold Medals. Kiwanis Festival = Top Honours. U of T = Guitar Scholarship Award. I have a "Best Dad Ever" Lightning McQueen coffee mug too!
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).
Colin 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.
Colin's Studio Location
Colin offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. After booking an interview the full address will be released to you if needed.