Juan - Teacher #1221

- Clarinet
- Flute
- Saxophone

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

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.

Musical Education

York University - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours (Saxophone performance)

Awards and Distinctions

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.

Special Skills and Training

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


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).