“Enabling students to access their inner expression allows them to grow not only as a guitarist but also as an artist”
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By their very nature, people are inquisitive. The goal of education should be to encourage seeking answers, as it is in this way that we advance. I seek to facilitate this advancement of knowledge, and the main theme of my teaching philosophy is reasoned thought.
Name: David (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Universidad de Antioquia - Bachelor of Music University of British Columbia - Master of Music
Guitar Department Head at The British Columbia Conservatoy of Music from 2015 to 2021. Performer for Health Arts Society Canada - Concerts in Care Program. First guitar in the Toronto Guitar Society Orchestra. 2011 - 2013
I was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in South America which gave me the opportunity to learn a vast amount of different music styles. I completed a Bachelor's degree in Colombia in 2009 and a Master's degree in Guitar Performance at UBC in 2015. As a performer, I have played as a soloist in Japan, Italy, Spain, England, France, Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile. I am also the creator and Artistic Director of a Guitar Festival called "Semana de la guitarra" which is an annual festival in El Retiro, Colombia, and from 2015 to 2021 I served as Head of the Guitar Departmet at The British Columbia Conservatory of 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).
David 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.