“Music is not merely a hobby or a profession; it is a way of life, a second language that brings joy and meaning.”
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To me, music is not merely a hobby or a profession; it is a way of life, a second language that brings joy and meaning. I firmly believe that anyone who has a desire to learn music should seamlessly integrate it into their life. Music should be an exciting journey, a practice that you genuinely enjoy and eagerly invest time in. As your teacher, my mission is to ignite that passion within you and make music an integral part of your life, something you eagerly embrace and look forward to. Together, we will create a musical experience that resonates with your soul and brings out the best in you.
Name: Winston (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Currently in my first year of music education at Capilano University, I am fortunate to have studied under the guidance of esteemed teachers like Julie Begg, James Danderfer, and David Bradshaw. My musical journey has exposed me to multiple instruments, with a focus on woodwinds and percussion. As a versatile musician, I am equally at ease teaching in classical and jazz styles, as well as their various sub-genres. With a background in high school choir, I am also equipped to assist with singing and can explain a wide range of musical concepts. My passion for music and dedication to education drive me to provide my students with an engaging and enriching learning experience. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping my students explore and express their musical talents to the fullest.
Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to learn from exceptional mentors, honing my skills as a teacher. My experiences have exposed me to diverse individuals, enriching my understanding of different learning styles and needs. In addition to teaching, I actively perform across metro Vancouver, providing my students with the opportunity to witness me in action. I believe that witnessing a teacher's passion and talent in live performances can be incredibly inspiring for students. As an educator and performer, I aim to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment where my students can thrive. If you're curious to see me in action, I warmly invite you to attend one of my gigs in Vancouver!
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).
Winston 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.
Winston's Studio Location
Winston 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.