Jan - BAH Teacher #4128

“Jan is a dedicated music teacher offering lessons in composition, piano, and singer-songwriter from ages 12 to adults. With a studio located in Victoria, Jan is available for in-home, in-studio, or online lessons, making learning convenient and accessible. Jan's musical education includes a BMus in Theory and Composition, alongside studies in composition, fugue, harmony, and jazz at renowned institutions. Jan brings a rich educational background and a passion for teaching to every lesson. Whether you're starting your musical journey or looking to advance your skills, Jan's personalized approach ensures that each student's unique goals and interests are at the forefront of their learning experience. ”
 - Jan


I have always been motivated by the music I hear and love and want to play. When putting this in action with students, I find they often (as did I) set there goals far above their abilities. So I understand their needs, and try to find the best way for them to get there. For example, if they aren't ready to play a difficult version of the piece they love, I show them an easier arrangement. This also carries into theory, and I always make a point of showing the connections between musical goals and any analytical tools.

Name: Jan (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 70's

Gender: male

I have a BMus inTheory and Composition from the University of Albeta, I studied composition and fugue there with Violet Archer there, who was a student of Bela Bartok. I also studied harmony with Mannus Sasonkin, who was a student of Paul Hindemith. I studied piano privately from the age of two until the age of eighteen with my mother who had studied at Curtis in Philadelphia.She identified that I had perfect pitch from the very beginning. I also received a scholarship to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts where I worked with many well known Canadian composers. I then attended NTSU in Denton Texas, and took advanced jazz and electronic music courses there.


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

Jan is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas

Online lessons

Jan 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.

Jan's Studio Location

Jan 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.