Stanley - BAH Teacher #2914

“Drumming really is my life!”
 - Stanley


Drumming really is my life. I began playing drums at age 10, and I've slowly become more and more involved to the point where it is what I mostly think about, in terms of performing, creating drum parts for songs, and how to teach people to hear and play what I have learned how to. I believe that playing drums is one of the best ways to have a movement based meditation practice while using your full mind and body connection to create paths in our brains that can connect creativity, focus, memory, and coordination. As a teacher my goal is to offer a fun and rewarding learning experience with an adaptable pedagogy for beginner and intermediate students, focusing on both theory and play.

Name: Stanley (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 30's

Gender: male

In 2014 I became a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts My study of focus included jazz performance on drum kit under the direction of Lorne Lofsky, Jim Vivian, Roy Patterson and Richard Whiteman, Dagomba drumming (Northern Ghana), Balafon and Mande Music (Guinea), Steel Pan Orchestra (Caribbean), Kpanlogo music (Southern Ghana), Carnatic music (Southern India), conga studies (Cuba and Brazil). I was also a private student of Jim Blackley for 8 years. Jim is one of the most sought after and respected drum teachers and authors, Jim’s students have gone on to play with such renowned musicians as Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Sting, and Annie Lennox. I was also the private student and mentee of Ray Reilly for 10 years. Ray was a student of George L. Stone of Boston (author of Stick Control), and Billy Gladstone of New York, both icons in the drumming world. Ray was a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Ballet of Canada Orchestra as well as the author of "Power Speed and Flexibility”.

I had the absolute privilege of learning from 2 masters of percussion. My teachers, Jim Blackley and Ray Reilly were both legends in their own time. Jim was one of the most respected drum teachers in the world, who had internationally recognized students as well as teaching most of Canada's top drummers. Being one of his students makes me a part of a special group of people who got to learn from a true master. When I met Ray he was one of the only people left alive who studied with George Lawerence Stone and Billy Gladstone, the amount of direct knowledge he had from these masters and his own understanding built from a lifetime of practice and performance that he imparted to me are truly priceless. When I was very young I met these two old masters who have given me a special knowledge insight that I love to share with others.


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

Stanley is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas