“Ethan is a dedicated BAH teacher based in Montreal, offering lessons in composition, electric guitar, guitar, piano, saxophone, singer-songwriter, and voice for students aged 6 and up, including adults. He brings a rich background in jazz from Berklee College of Music and a commitment to fostering a strong relationship with his students. Ethan's teaching philosophy centers on nurturing a love for music, adapting lessons to each student's needs. He offers lessons online or in his studio, ensuring a flexible and accommodating learning environment.”
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The two things that matter most in music education are our relationship with music, and our relationship with the people we're learning with. My priority is fostering a strong relationship with my students. Developing trust and having fun together makes lessons something that we can look forward to, and opens up the space to truly learn. Beyond that, my goal is for students to fall in love with music, or to renew and deepen that love if they already have. That means seeing the path each student is on and helping them take their next step. It might mean spending a month on fundamentals, finding the right piece of repertoire to learn, or working through a creative project. I adapt our lessons based on what is most engaging and useful for each individual. There are a million ways to make music that matters to you. My work as a teacher is always about finding the right way for each student, right now. When we succeed, we nurture a relationship with music that can sustain a lifetime of creative joy. What more could we ask for?
Name: Ethan (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I started on piano at age four and grew up improvising accompaniments to little scenes I imagined. I learned pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, and the music from my favorite video games and movies. When I was twelve, I picked up the saxophone and developed an obsession with jazz that took me to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I spent three years studying improvisation and broadening my musical horizons. By the time I graduated, I'd become focused on writing and producing songs. Since then, I've released around 40 minutes of music as Fort Hill, plus three experimental EPs and a number of collaborations with my students.
After finishing at Berklee, I studied voice with Cristi Catt, who uses a unique technique that I've adopted to help my voice students find ease and power in singing. I also studied theory and composition with W.A. Mathieu, composer and author of "Bridge of Waves," who gave me a great deal of insight into how to cut through all the fog that's common in music theory. I have kept active as a songwriter, composer and producer since leaving school, and have released about 40 minutes of music under my artist project, as well as collaborations with Orpheus Rising and my students. Collaborating with students to write and record songs has taught me a great deal about how to adapt to the individual needs and abilities of each student and find a way of making music that feels right, right now. The joy they get from hearing themselves do something they had no idea they could do is incredibly satisfying.
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).
Ethan 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.
Ethan's Studio Location
Ethan offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.