“I strive to share a love of learning with students.”
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I strive to share a love of learning with students - and fellow teachers. My interests are in 20th century Pianism - such as Sviatoslav Richter, Alfred Cortot, Bill Evans, Art Tatum - and the Guitar craft of Joe Pass. I've made recordings of Chopin’s Etudes and am currently recording Godowsky's Etudes. For online lessons, I use an audio routing software that enables students to receive clear sound from the piano. My students have continued to University and College in Compositions and Piano.
Name: Toshio (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Growing up, I studied both Piano and Guitar. I have taken formal lessons with qualified instructors in Classical, Jazz and Popular Music. At York Univeristy I studied with concert pianist and pedagogue Christina Petrowska Quilico - who can trace her musical lineage to the legendary Rosina Lhevinne. I graduated with a specialization in Theory and Composition.
Being hyper critical of my own musical works, I eventually found a way to recording and releasing music that allows me to be free and non-judgmental. I now teach my students how to compose, record, and release their own music.
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).
Toshio 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.