“To me, the idea of "playing" your instrument, is essential in the learning process.”
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I believe a personal connection to songs and artists is the most effective catalyst for musical practice, which is why my most main goal is to encourage a healthy relationship between the student and music as a whole, not just their instrument and practice time. Music appreciation and history plays a big role here. Another essential part of this process is me getting to know the student, their tastes, their strengths, weaknesses and most importantly, the way they direct their attention. This allows me to create exercises and lessons that are tailored to each personality and set of interests. Improvisation is another important pillar in my teaching style. To me, the idea of "playing" your instrument, is essential in the learning process. Too often, the early stages of music education reduce music to a set of instructions to be followed by the student, putting aside self-expression, listening and reactiveness (the "play" aspect). I think improvisation shouldn't be looked as advanced, after all, we learn to speak in real time before we learn to read or write, and as they say, music is a language.
Name: Sergio (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I attended Humber College and earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar with honours
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
Sergio is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Sergio 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.