“I am a registered Suzuki teacher and have a reverence for this system because it is both technically systematic and also philosophically student-centred. ”
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"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that It is inadequate" As a teacher I believe that it is my responsibility to find the modality of learning that seems to fit best with each of my students. I am convinced that a positive and constructive approach in the cello studio is the most important factor that influences the learning of a musical instrument and the ongoing learning and enjoyment of music. I am a registered Suzuki teacher and have a reverence for this system because it is both technically systematic and also philosophically student-centred. A note about the Suzuki Method.. The Suzuki Method of education originated from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who developed this approach while in Europe studying music and psychology, and who was originally from Japan. The first unit of study for any Suzuki teacher or Suzuki parent is called "Every Child Can", which introduces his philosophy of education. The method is therefore not only a system of teaching music but a philosophy guiding the education of the entire person, whether a child as young as 2 years old or a person who has retired from working and has cello lessons (or another instrument) on their "bucket list"! The idea that every child can comes from the parallel of learning one's own mother tongue language. Dr. Suzuki had a hunch that if virtually all children have a 100% success rate at learning their own mother tongue, then surely all could develop the necessary skills to be a proficient practitioner of the language of music. Both languages are sophisticated, however the idea that music is supposed to be easy to learn, leads to the belief that only geniuses can be successful at it. Dr. Suzuki in his acclaimed book "Nurtured by Love", explains that it is rather a culture starting from the home, that encourages the development of musical skill is the important key to becoming successful at music education. And furthermore, while a very technical step-by-step approach is taken, the over-all goal of the Suzuki Method is to learn to see beauty in life and to develop a beautiful heart, and a lifetime of appreciation. In terms of a purely proficient musical system, it is a generally accepted statistic that between 50-75% of musicians who successfully audition and are accepted in to the major orchestras in the United States have at least started in a Suzuki Method program!
Name: Matthew (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Double Bass Performance. I later graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music with an Artist Diploma in Double Bass Performance. I am an alumni of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. My main teacher of the double bass was Joel Quarrington, who is a rare proponent of tuning the double bass in fifths (like a cello); this subsequently paved the way for me to learn the cello. A life-changing encounter with the innovative violin teacher Dr. Metro Kozak made this transition possible and progressed into a lifelong mentorship. I subsequently studied the cello with Anna Burden, Ellie Boisinot and Arlen Hlusko. I have performed at many notable master classes including for Pinchas Zuchermann at the Young Artist’s Program in Ottawa, Maximilian Dimoff and Duncan McTier. I have also freelanced regularly in orchestras across Ontario. My musical performance experience is quite diverse, I have also performed regularly with salsa, jazz and rock groups. Immersed in classical music performance, I had a desire to communicate this specialized knowledge in a more accessible and systematic way, so I graduated from Nipissing University with a BA in Music Education. To further my insights into private teaching, I became a registered Suzuki cello teacher, and have graduated from the Suzuki Association teacher training programs from 4 different teachers in the Chicago area.
Registered Suzuki Cello Teacher
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
Matthew is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Matthew 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.
Matthew's Studio Location
Matthew offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. After booking an interview the full address will be released to you if needed.