Martin - Teacher #1431

- Trumpet
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Ukulele
- Composition

- Composition
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

During my childhood and adolescence I was exposed to many different styles of music that transported my mind to many different places and situations. Learning about how and where all these different practices took place contributed enormously to what I have achieved as a person. For example, in 1999 I had the opportunity to tour Brazil with a Tango group. During that tour I was invited to play Bossa nova with native musicians, and because I was exposed to this style and learned this music from authentic performances, I was able to communicate with the band even though I could not speak Portuguese at that time. Without the music education I had received through my teachers and colleagues, I would never have had that opportunity. Music brought to me the possibility of engaging in an interchange of ideas that was the result of what David Elliott calls flow, this term relates to the application of our conscious powers and knowings effectively in goal-directed action.

Music can depict a culture as no other discipline can because it reveals something about how people relate to each other. When we play music we interact with each other in a cooperative way. Each culture understand this interaction in a different way that relates to its history.

Musical Education

Capilano University - Bachelor of Jazz Studies
University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Education

Special Skills and Training

Fluent in Spanish. Extensive experience playing, arranging and composing. Very knowledgeable in Argentinean music, I have taken courses about arranging and orchestrating Tango with Rodolfo Mederos and Cacho Tirao (two of the most internationally renowned musicians of the genre). Studied composition, Orchestration and Analysis in Cuba.


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).