“I'm a firm believer in making music education both enjoyable and comprehensive. ”
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I'm a firm believer in making music education both enjoyable and comprehensive. My approach involves tailoring a curriculum that aligns with each student's interests, facilitating their personal growth and achievement. Whether it's for leisure, well-being, therapy, skill enhancement, or pursuing a music career, I'm here to guide them. I'm a strong advocate for incorporating playful and engaging games into the learning process. These activities help students, whether they're young children, teenagers, or adults, develop technical and musical skills. One of my main goals is to equip my students with effective practice techniques, enabling them to work independently between our lessons. This empowers them to progress consistently. I'm more than happy to work with beginners, intermediates, and advanced students of any age. Drawing from my 35 years of experience in Teaching, Learning, Performing, Composing, and Recording Music, I aim to share a wealth of insights and knowledge.
Name: Michael (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have attended the following school earning some credits from University and the following 2 College Diplomats. - TREBAS Institute, Toronto, Canada - Recording Music Production Program. - Humber College, Toronto, Canada - Jazz Guitar Performance Program. - Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario - Bachelor of Music - Royal Conservatory of Music - Private Classical Guitar and Piano Studies. - Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario - Music Theory primary and Advanced Rudiments.
"I spent my childhood watching my cousin and other kids playing music, going to concerts and when I start learning the guitar (Self-taught) in addition I had excellent guitar and piano teachers to help me with the proper techniques and achieve my goals as a musician. I gained my musicianship experience working as a performer and my experience lies in teaching comprehensive and fun music lessons to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age group while cultivating an environment that stimulates increasing and ongoing music appreciation. I am passionate about sharing my experience with my students working as a professional Musician and as a dedicated Music Educator for 35 years.
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
Michael is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Michael 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.