“I have spent as much time working as a professional musician as I have spent teaching and this gives me insight into what is truly valuable in the learning. ”
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I like to focus on finding the joy in music and using practice to inform the theoretical. Rhythm and melody are inside of us all and finding our personal link to them is essential to both getting the most out of music and progressing as a musician. I have spent as much time working as a professional musician as I have spent teaching and this gives me insight into what is truly valuable in the learning. Ear training, rhythm, and improvisation are areas in which I drive the student to move intuitively to find their own voice.
Name: James (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have an honours BFA in contemporary music from University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, ON. I studied piano privately from age 7-13 and played saxophone, guitar, and voice at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, from which I graduated with honours in 2006. I have taught professionally off and on for about 12 years with some breaks to focus on my own writing and performing.
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
James is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
James 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.
James' Studio Location
James 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.