“I firmly believe that everyone possesses an artistic spark, a unique source of creativity waiting to be explored. ”
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I firmly believe that everyone possesses an artistic spark, a unique source of creativity waiting to be explored. This spark can manifest in various forms, whether it's in music, painting, sports, craftsmanship, or entirely different pursuits. What truly sets us apart as humans is our innate ability to unleash our creativity. In my own journey of self-discovery, I've explored different avenues, including athletics, painting, and carpentry. While these endeavors may not have been my forte, they have contributed to my understanding of the diverse spectrum of human creativity. However, it is in the realm of music that I have found my true passion and where I can make a meaningful impact. Music has become the canvas through which I express my creativity and connect with others, allowing me to contribute positively to the world. I firmly believe that nurturing this creative spark in ourselves and others is a valuable endeavor. It requires encouragement, support, and the freedom to explore, allowing it to flourish in its own unique way. I've been burned before by bad teachers who try to wrangle you into a box and try to instil their opinions on you, there is nothing more of a turn-off for a young student to have a teacher like that. I had that experience when I was 8 and I stopped playing guitar for 2 years! My focus is to provide students with enough focus to improve at their craft, but enough freedom and fun that they feel inspired to come to my lessons and empower them to have agency, to pick whatever song they want to learn at the start of the lesson and for them to leave feeling proud of their accomplishment in class and inspired to continue the work to improve. There are very few things that bring me more joy than seeing something click in one of my students or seeing them gain confidence. Not just in their instrument but how that confidence reflects on their personality.
Name: Vitor (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am currently in my second year pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music at Humber College in Toronto, specializing in guitar. My musical journey began at the age of 7 with the guitar, and I quickly developed a passion for experimenting with various instruments. For a significant part of my musical development, I was largely self-taught, drawing inspiration directly from my favorite artists and bands, ranging from Hendrix to R.E.M, Nirvana to Funkadelic, D'Angelo to the Bad Brains, and more. My unique approach to teaching is centered around ear training and the ability to learn music by listening and observing. I've been sharing my knowledge by teaching guitar to individuals of various age groups for the past 5 years. Additionally, I have experience as a recording artist and live performer. Before returning to Toronto in 2021, I resided in the U.K., where I was a member of the band Malooka. In this band, I co-wrote music, played guitar, provided vocals, handled auxiliary percussion, and arranged parts for a string quartet. We performed live shows and released an EP titled "Four in Two" in 2022. During my time in the U.K., I had the privilege of studying privately under Rhys Ling, who is currently establishing a guitar tutoring academy. This experience allowed me to consolidate my knowledge of music theory and harmony, which was previously scattered. Since enrolling at Humber, I've had the honor of being mentored by some of Toronto's renowned jazz guitarists, including Andrew Jacob Scott, Jocelyn Gould, Andrew Marzotto, and my private lesson tutor, Ben Bishop. My musical horizons have expanded significantly, encompassing not only guitar but also bass, keys, and drums. I've delved deeper into music theory than I ever anticipated, thanks to the enriching environment they foster. Throughout my time at Humber, I've remained an active participant in the vibrant Toronto music scene, frequently performing at intimate venues and engaging in jam sessions. Please let me know if you need any further information or if there's anything specific you'd like to know about my musical journey and experiences.
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
Vitor is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Vitor 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.