Benjamin - Teacher #1450

- Trumpet
- Mandolin
- Piano
- Cello
- Violin

- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Suzuki

- English

Teaching Philosophy

The goal of teaching must be to inspire students to find what they are passionate about in their own lives. As teachers our objective should be to find what really gets students engaged and excited and what they truly find meaningful in their lives. Music teachers must recognize talent and determination and drive students to become better than they ever thought possible. This not only applies to music but also applies to all areas of their lives. To strive for excellence is to create hard working, focused, and driven students. Through music we are able to teach these life long values. Music education shows students that there is a life beyond the “core” subjects and that the arts really matter. Music fosters the willingness and the space to be creative and expressive.
It is also important to enter with the belief that all students can be successful in their own way in the music classroom. Music isn’t just for the elite talented individuals; it is for everyone who has the willingness to learn. Music is also a great experience that gets students learning kinaesthetically, aurally, and visually. It is for all types of learners and anyone can be engaged in some way in the music classroom.
The arts are a public experience that creates more than just a classroom of learners. It involves family, community, and other faculty. A good relationship with these groups promotes success in the classroom as well as on the concert stage. I believe that learning occurs through engagement and excitement and it is our goal as educators to instill this engagement and excitement in the learning process. Quality learning doesn’t just involve mastering the content and concepts taught it involves a life long learning process that transcends the K-12 classroom.
Music thrives in a 21st century learning environment. New technologies and online resources such as scores and recordings can only enhance our teaching abilities as educators. Increased use of such resources and technologies allow students another entry point in their personal engagement.
As an educator teaching provides an opportunity for constant learning and growth. I will strive to share my love of learning with my students. I will remember the importance of teaching my students as well as learning from them. Through teaching I can along with my students become a better person.

Musical Education

Memorial University - Bachelor of Music
University of Alberta - Bachelor of Education

Awards and Distinctions

Recorded on CBC
George Albert Hatcher Award
Winner of the Mougenaut cello at Memorial University

Special Skills and Training

Performance Degree in Cello Grade 9 RCM Piano Exam completed Grade 10 Cello Exam Completed Course work in All wind and brass instruments at UofA


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).