Geof - Teacher #1524

- Electric Guitar
- Piano
- Composition

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English
- French
- German

Teaching Philosophy

Any student of music should learn to appreciate a wider context for what he or she is doing. I like to draw on my diverse background to more deeply inform and inspire my students. At the same time, I believe in a rigorous method, rooted in musical literacy and understanding. I encourage decision-making on the part of my students, so that they feel as though they truly own their performances (or their compositions, as the case may be!)

Musical Education

Columbia University - Doctor of Musical Arts
McGill University - Master of Music
McGill University - Bachelor of Music
Royal Conservatory of Music - ARCT Diploma

Awards and Distinctions

Prix Opus -- "Creation de l'Année"
Numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, for both performance and composition.
Numerous academic fellowships and awards for composition (SOCAN Foundation, ASCAP, CQM)

Special Skills and Training

Highly skilled in notation software, electronics, synthesis, programming for music I play multiple instrument. In descending order of ability: Piano, Guitar, Viola (and violin), Brass instruments, Drumkit, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello.


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).