“I set precise improvement targets for your instrument, ensuring that progress is not just a hope, but an expectation.”
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My teaching approach is all about personalization. I blend music theory and aural skills with instrumental technique, etudes, and repertoire, tailoring each lesson to suit the individual student. These components seamlessly combine within each session, and I'll provide lesson notes as a helpful reference for practicing. These notes serve as a reminder of the material covered and techniques discussed, as well as clear expectations for what music and techniques should be prepared for the next lesson. Your journey with me begins right where you are. I create a lesson plan that aligns with your current skill level and is molded around your goals and preferred genres. I set precise improvement targets for your instrument, ensuring that progress is not just a hope, but an expectation. Drawing from my performance experience, my teaching and performing worlds interconnect. By demonstrating musical pieces professionally, I offer vivid examples to guide your learning. This is especially beneficial for younger students, as they can experience their music and instrument played at a professional level. This exposure aids their individual practice, refining their tonal production and musical expression.
Name: Justin (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have studied and performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe. I have degrees in music and saxophone performance from West Virginia University (Doctorate of Musical Arts), Conservatoire de Bordeaux (Performance Certificate), Bowling Green State University (Master of Music), and the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Music), and Grant MacEwan University (Jazz Performance Certificate). With over 12 years of teaching experience and advanced degrees in music pedagogy I am able to teach all ages and experiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute in both classical and jazz genres.
Albums: Music from SEAMUS Vol. 28, Ljos by Brian Topp for soprano saxophone and live electronics Interactions. SEAMUS Records, Scrap Metals by Jason Charney for soprano Saxophone and live electronics
- Extensive training in jazz, classical, contemporary, and experimental music styles. - Focus on curating and nurturing students' artistry while sparking curiosity. - Utilizes technique, etudes, and challenging repertoire suitable for all levels, from beginners to professionals. - Proven track record of success in teaching. Former high school students secured full scholarships at the University of Alberta and West Virginia University's music programs. - Students and chamber ensembles under instruction have achieved excellence in performance and received awards, including recognition at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and West Virginia University's Concerto Competition.
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).
Justin 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.