“Both children and adults will have the opportunity to enjoy calm, interesting and pressure-free classes where they can always feel in a safe space to learn and simply be.”
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I remember being a shy child, somewhat isolated from the world. My life was summed up in going from home to school, doing homework and watching television. To my surprise, everything changed when I turned 11. Suddenly someone put a guitar in front of me and asked me: would you like to play it? The introverted boy suddenly had a certainty: he wanted, more than anything in the world, to learn. My path as a musician has led me to understand that music heals, saves lives, but also that anything that is learned leaves a mark as good or as bad as the person who teaches it. I didn't have many good teachers, but I will never forget the ones who really guided me and taught me something more about human nature. As a teacher, I deeply believe in the power of listening, understanding, and approaching each student with a unique look at their learning needs and preferences. I like to promote constant and autonomous practice, combined with ear training in order for students to become self-sufficient and confident musicians. Both children and adults will have the opportunity to enjoy calm, interesting and pressure-free classes where they can always feel in a safe space to learn and simply be.
Name: Javier (Full name will be provided upon registration)
My musical education began with private teachers at the age of 12, where I learned the principles of music theory and guitar. From there, I complemented my education through the experience of playing with various groups as a guitarist and drummer. In 2021 I completed the first year of the undergraduate degree in Music at the Incca University of Colombia, where I deepened my knowledge of music theory and basic piano, among others, and I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy at the Canadian Mennonite University. Currently, my main focus as a guitarist is on genres such as rock, pop, blues and jazz, in addition to some knowledge of classical guitar and traditional Colombian 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).
Javier 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.
Javier's Studio Location
Javier 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.