“Music is not just an art form but also an avenue for exercising creativity and honing logical, detail-oriented thinking.”
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In my approach to teaching music, I prioritize creating a relaxed, flexible, and enjoyable learning environment that remains focused on progress. Learning songs plays a pivotal role in keeping students motivated, providing them with clear goals to work towards consistently. To address challenges in specific songs, I design exercises that target the necessary skills and experiences, enabling students to overcome hurdles with confidence. I emphasize the development of listening skills and encourage students to expand their theoretical knowledge. My ultimate goal is to foster an organic and intuitive approach to the instrument, allowing students to bridge the gap between their musical ear and their performance skills gradually. In my view, music is not just an art form but also an avenue for exercising creativity and honing logical, detail-oriented thinking. I aim to provide a fun and accessible environment where students can experience the joy of musical expression while sharpening their cognitive abilities.
Name: Trevor (Full name will be provided upon registration)
My formal training took place at Humber College in Toronto, where I proudly earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with honors. Before that, I had the privilege of studying guitar and piano privately for numerous years, and I even participated in a summer program at Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. My passion for music extends beyond performance and composition, as I am actively engaged with the Nashville Songwriters Association, delving into the art of crafting meaningful and captivating songs. Furthermore, my curiosity and dedication have led me to explore the realm of music production, mixing, and mastering. By continuously expanding my knowledge in these areas, I am committed to enhancing the quality and impact of my musical creations.
Humber College - Greg Wells Music Scholarship for music production, Yamaha Music Scholarship for musicianship, Peter Harris Memorial Award for guitar.
Working with students and teachers of all ages and levels of experience has been a truly enriching experience for me. It has taught me the invaluable skill of adaptability, enabling me to tailor my approach to meet the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. Through these diverse interactions, I have found a wellspring of inspiration that fuels my passion for teaching and music. I firmly believe that in the realm of music education, the learning never stops. As a teacher, I am also a perpetual student, constantly seeking new knowledge, exploring fresh perspectives, and embracing innovative techniques.
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
Trevor is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Trevor 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.