“I try my best to be a gentle, inspiring and creative teacher who will help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations!”
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I enjoy inspiring the next generation of musicians by focusing on developing musicianship. I am comfortable teaching a variety of styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, blues, folk and classical. I also enjoy teaching students other skills in music, from theory and composition, to stage presence and performance. I try my best to be a gentle, inspiring and creative teacher who will help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations!
Name: Daron (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a BFA in jazz guitar for York University and an MA in composition from York University. I studied under some of the best music educators in Canada including Lorne Lofsky (Private Guitar), Barry Elmes (Composition), Mike Cado (York Jazz Orchestra).
Awards I have received for my work in music: The Trillium Dixieland Jazz Award for outstanding achievement in jazz performance (2012), The Huntsville Festival of the Arts Award (2014), the Harvey-Marsden Music Award for achieving artistic excellence at a University level (2016). the Duke Ellington Award in Jazz (2017), the Ella Fitzgerald Award for Jazz Performance (2017), and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship (2017).
I have performed all around Ontario at events such as Concerts on the Dock, the Huntsville Festival of The Arts, The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, The Barrie Jazz Festival and the York University Jazz Festival. I have also played in venues such as The Rex, The Algonquin Theater, The Emmet Ray, Deerhurst Resort and The Jazz Bistro with my own bands playing original music.
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
Daron is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Daron 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.
Daron's Studio Location
Daron 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.