“I believe patience and dedication, on both sides, are the key to creating a great lesson that works both ways.”
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I believe patience and dedication, on both sides, are the key to creating a great lesson that works both ways. We'll make sure the technical fundamentals are there to build a stronger foundation and focus on whatever is needed. Here are some of the things we might cover, depending on the student's needs: The origins of sound and music. How it likely began, how we perceive sound, how music theory came to be, etc... We want to make sure everything makes sense from the first day of the lessons. How our instrument works, and the necessary steps in order to preserve it, service it, etc... The first steps into making music with your instrument. This is about music, and we learn by doing it and repeating it. Build on stronger technical skills or dig deeper into music theory, or both. The more you practice anything, the more you realize how deep the rabbit hole goes. Jam with another musician or play along songs, grow your repertoire, explore your favorite music style. We learn music and vocabulary the same way we learned how to speak our main language. The point is to have fun while learning about something you enjoy doing. You are setting aside some time in your week to do one thing, as continuously as possible, so the more fun the better. I will always be happy to answer your questions, and in fact, encourage you to ask them. We'll find a way to communicate the content in the most efficient possible way together. I look forward to seeing you!
Name: José (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I'm from Quito, Ecuador; and I started playing classical then electric guitar since I was 7 years old. I've always been fascinated by music and sound in general. At 12, I listened to a great band, and decided I would become a professional musician, so I started having guitar lessons. The music I enjoyed often demanded a high technical skill with the instrument, so repetition became almost a meditative state. After graduating high school, I went to Argentina to study Music Performance for 1 year, before returning to Quito and enrolling at USFQ College of Music (member of Berklee International Network) for a B.A. Music and Sound Production. I played some live shows and kept learning new ways to approach the instrument. Since then, I've been teaching private guitar and music lessons to students of all ages, and I constantly try to get better at it. My goal is to funnel all my experience and deliver the best package of information to each student, while guiding their motivation for a more efficient learning experience. My studies, altogether with years of experience, have given me the tools to help students reach their ultimate goal. I had the privilege to teach the former Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea for over a year; and his discipline showed me that I will always learn something new from my students, so it's important to keep an open mind. I strongly believe that asking questions is the best tool a student has in order to extract information. So, I encourage them to always ask any questions and thus be comfortable with the lessons. It'll be my pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to learning together!
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
José is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
José 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.