“As a teacher, my goal is not only to make you better at drums but also (maybe more importantly) to make you fall in love with playing the drums”
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As a teacher, my goal is not only to make you better at drums but also (maybe more importantly) to make you fall in love with playing the drums, whether it is for yourself in your garage or for others on the scene. I will vary exercises and lesson plans depending on your needs, interests and passions. From coordination, musicality, reading and sight-reading, hand technique, play-along and everything in between, I will make sure you do not get bored! I have experience teaching private lessons and leading rhythm sections. Let me know if you are interested. I can do lessons in French or English! Either at your place or online! Hope we can get in touch soon! Drums don't wait ;-)
Name: Thomas (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am a very enthusiastic French drummer and teacher currently doing a BA in jazz performance on drums at McGill University. I've been playing the drums since I was 6 and originally started with rock and pop. Since then, I have studied other styles like classical, reggae, brazilian and afro-cuban which I went to Cuba for and am now studying with Rodrigo Simoes (www.rodrigosimoes.ca). In 2021, I was selected to play with MusicFest's National Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band with which I won multiple awards such as "Ludwig Canadian Drummer of the Year" and "Dream Cymbals Big Band Drummer of the Year" (musicfest.ca/awards-scholarships/previous-awards-scholarships-recipients). Since then, I have been playing at local Montreal bars and venues in multiple bands and recording a bunch of tracks in professional studios at school.
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
Thomas is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Thomas 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.
Thomas' Studio Location
Thomas 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.