“I view music education as a path towards both personal artistic development and broader human connection.”
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My teaching philosophy as a music teacher revolves around personal growth, creativity, and enjoyment. I believe each student has a unique musical journey, and my role is to guide them, respecting their individuality and interests. I strive to foster a nurturing environment that encourages self-expression, promotes an understanding of music beyond technical skills, and cultivates a lifelong love for music. Through performance and exploration, students not only develop their musical abilities but also learn valuable life skills. In essence, I view music education as a path towards both personal artistic development and broader human connection.
Name: Michael (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Queens University with a minor in music which included guitar lessons and advanced theory classes in which I excelled. In addition, I joined a guitar ensemble at Queens with another classical guitar student where we performed twice at the Isabel Bader concert hall in Kingston. I have been studying both piano and guitar since the age of ten and have made it my goal and passion to have a career in teaching either. On guitar, I have extensively studied a number of genres ranging from prog metal to classical with a focus on improvisation. On piano, I have successfully completed a level 8 performance exam at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
RCM level 8 performance exam in piano
growing up taking guitar lessons, I had one teacher from grade 8 to grade 12 and we are still friends to this day. His passion for the guitar and the joy and fulfilment he got from teaching me and watching me grow as a guitarist and a musician was incredibly inspiring. I learned from him that music should be taught in a fun and engaging way which I have carried with me in previous lessons with students.
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.