“Just as one would learn how to read, write, speak and understand a language, one may also learn their instrument in a similar fashion.”
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Music is ultimately a universal language anyone can learn. You can discern different ideas and different ways of expressing them just by hearing them from those who play or sing. It’s not any simple task to find a way to express yourself through music, let alone do that to an audience. I find that musical education is a great way to sharpen those developmental skills. Just as one would learn how to read, write, speak and understand a language, one may also learn their instrument in a similar fashion: how-to sight-read music, how to write music idiomatic to an instrument, how to play the instrument, and how to understand where their instrument fits in the music. Regardless of passion or interest, I aim to develop and nurture those skills, whether it be in the interest of music, or in the interest of general growth.
Name: RJ (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am a current student at Capilano University, expecting to finish my BA in Fine Arts in Jazz Performance and Composition by Spring 2023. Over the duration of studies, I have delved into many musical styles, whether it be in the classroom, in the studio or on a gig. Some notable groups I have had the pleasure of being a part of include: The Happiest Big Band on Earth, the Capilano University A Band, and the Bruce James Orchestra.
I started playing the trumpet at twelve years old, only beginning to dig into more serious practice and study by sixteen. My playing experience ranges across classical training in private, small and large jazz ensembles (combos and big bands), playing as a horn section member in pop/classic rock cover bands, as a trumpeter for a four-piece alternative rock band, freelance studio work, and as a bandleader of my own jazz group, with arrangements and compositions written by myself.
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
RJ is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
RJ 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.