- Ear Training
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
When I first meet students, I like to invest time in knowing their personality to better recognize their motivations for learning music. Then I assess their theoretical knowledge and technical ability and design lesson plans that adapt to their musical abilities, motivations, and individual learning styles. I believe it is essential to understand what each student finds to be engaging and interesting such as specific songs, bands, or music styles, and then use those elements to make lessons engaging and interesting to keep the student interested in learning.
I believe that for a teaching environment to be effective both the teacher and the student should follow a few guidelines. The teacher should be friendly, well presented, patient, and enthusiastic. The teacher must always be prepared with a lesson plan but also be flexible if changes need to me made during the lesson.
The student is responsible for having the instrument and other materials ready for each lesson, practicing, and doing assignments given by the teacher.
The teacher and the student must always treat and communicate with each other with respect.
Both teacher and student should be ready to begin the lesson at the agreed time, therefore both the teacher and the student should be ready for the lesson a few minutes before the scheduled time.
In the case that a lesson needs to be cancelled the teacher and the student should communicate about it in a timely manner.
York University - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours (Saxophone performance)
Performances with International Artists Gabriel Romero and Luis Felipe Gonzalez.
Other performance highlights: Mariposa Folk Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Cavalcade of Lights, Echoes of Mariposa, JAZZ.FM91's Jazz Lives at Koerner Hall, Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival, Sudbury's Northern Lights OktoberFest, Hamilton Blues & Roots Festival, Cultura Festival, TEDX YorkU, David Suzuki Homegrown Park Crawl, as well as opening for Terra Lightfoot and Boris Brott at the PANAM Supercrawl in Hamilton.
I have an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University with a focus on Jazz Performance. I have been working as a private music teacher since 2010, and as a freelance musician since 2005 performing diverse music styles including jazz, funk, latin (salsa, cumbia, boleros, Cuban son), rock, and pop enabling me to support what I teach with real-life performance experience. Lessons can be taught in English or Spanish.
30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00
There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable
NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher