Vanja - BAH Teacher #47

“Vanja, a seasoned classical guitarist, offers a comprehensive approach to music education. With a Music Performance Diploma and training from esteemed European teachers, he instills a deep understanding of classical guitar techniques and theory. Accredited by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Vanja blends traditional and Suzuki methods, ensuring a holistic learning experience. He has a proven track record of student success in RCM exams and specializes in classical guitar history. Whether in your home, online, or at Vanja's studio, his lessons provide a nurturing environment for students to explore the intricate world of classical guitar. Book an interview now.”
 - Vanja


By blending the rich traditions of famous historical and contemporary classical guitar methods, along with a strong foundation in classical guitar pedagogy, I have the privilege of guiding both aspiring classical guitar beginners and nurturing intermediate to advanced players. My primary objective is to help students forge a sturdy groundwork in classical guitar techniques, fostering their familiarity with note reading, including honing their sight-reading abilities, and nurturing their grasp of fingerboard harmony. Simultaneously, I strive to instill a fundamental understanding of music theory, equipping them with the tools to explore the intricate world of classical guitar. Moreover, I aim to empower students with the ability to analyze musical pieces, unraveling various compositional nuances through thoughtfully curated listening and reading assignments.

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

Age: 50's

Gender: Male

- Started guitar playing at age seven - Studied under renowned European classical guitar teachers: Kosta Popovic, Maestro Milivoj Praljak, and Mila Rakanovic - Received extensive instruction in the Spanish and Italian guitar tradition with a focus on musicality and artistic expression - Graduated from Classic Guitar Music School with the highest score - Pursuing Classical Guitar Advanced Solo Music Certificate from Trinity College London

Classical Guitar Teacher accredited by Suzuki Association of the Americas for Comprehensive Guitar All Units

- Over 20 years of experience teaching classical guitar - My students have 100% success rate in Royal Conservatory of Music exams (both classical guitar and music theory) - Specializes in teaching classical guitar history - Proficient in both traditional and Suzuki methods for teaching classical guitar to kids - Started teaching classical guitar in 1990, established "Alhambra" Classical Guitar School - Completed Classical Guitar Repertoire I and II projects - Introduction to Contemporary Classical Guitar Music project - Completed "Every Child Can!© (ECC)" course to define Classical Guitar Education Program for kids - Accepted for Comprehensive Audition by Suzuki Association of America - Collaborated with a painter to compose music for "30 Roosters in 30 Days" - Performed humanitarian concert for flood relief in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia - Solo Guitar Recital Program in Vancouver - Classical Guitar On-Call Teacher at multiple music schools in Vancouver - Collaboration on "Histoire du Tango" composition - Analyzing J. S. Bach's Chaconne from the Partita in d minor, BWV 1004 from violin score




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

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

Online lessons

Vanja 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.

Vanja's Studio Location

Vanja offers lessons from her studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.