“Music should be exciting, let's focus on playing things that excite you!”
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Music is everything to me, I've dedicated my life to learning as much about music as I can. From the blues licks of guitar gods to the music theory that Bach and Beethoven studied, to the sounds of ancient Indian instruments, there is just so much to learn! I believe that everyone should learn how to play an instrument. Not only is it a really powerful means of expression, but it also forces you to use your mind and body in new ways which can positively impact all other facets of life. I think, more than anything, it's important to learn the music that you want to play. Learning an instrument is a process and if you're stuck learning something you don't really care about, then what's the point? If you want to learn how to play like Jimi Hendrix, cool, let's focus on that! Do you want to learn how to play jazz? Cool, let's focus on that! Classical? World Music? Music Theory? Music should be exciting, let's focus on playing things that excite you!
Name: Omar (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have attended the following schools earning the following degrees: RCM- gr. 2 theory, gr.8 guitar York University- BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance York University- Ma in Ethnomusicology
SSHRC award recipient Brazilian Ball award recipient
I grew up listening to the rock and roll records my dad would put on and that really inspired me to play at a young age. All throughout highschool I had a guitar in my hand and I was playing along to the radio. When I went to University, that's where I was exposed to world music, jazz, and classical music. This really opened things up to me. I'm a lover of all types of music and I believe that translates to my teaching.
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
Omar is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Omar 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.
Omar's Studio Location
Omar offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.