Mike - Teacher #1507

- Clarinet
- Flute
- Saxophone

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

- English

Teaching Philosophy

As a passionate, versatile, and motivating music educator, I am dedicated to help students achieve their own personal goals, while delivering the fundamentals of music in an enjoyable way that motivates students to want to keep learning and discover new things about music and themselves. I encourage students to discover what excites them about listening to and playing music, and help them take advantage of ensemble and playing opportunities in their communities, thereby creating exciting, practical, and goal oriented reasons for dedicated private lessons.

Musical Education

University of Toronto - Master of Music
Thompson Rivers University - Bachelor of Music
Humber College - Jazz Performance Diploma

Awards and Distinctions

Merriam School of Music Award (pedagogy) - Humber College (2007)
Duke Ellington Memorial Award (arranging) - Humber College (2006)
St. John's Music Award (woodwinds) - Humber College (2005)

Member of numerous ensembles that have received grant funding through FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council for recordings and performances.

Special Skills and Training

- comfortable performing and teaching in many different musical styles (classical, jazz, Blues, Funk/R&B, Latin-Jazz styles, musicals). - studied Advanced Jazz Improvisation/Theory/Harmony with saxophonist & renowned jazz pedagogue Dave Liebman. -Pedagogy and teaching mentors include Brian Lillos and Mark Promane (Humber College), Gordon Foote (UofT), and Leslie Stewart-Rose (Oise).


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).