Chris - Teacher #1553

- Piano
- Composition
- Singer-Songwriter
- Bass Clarinet
- Clarinet

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

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Each lesson has to be an enjoyable experience tailored around your individual needs. I want to nurture and develop a love of music on every level. I strive to foster a deep knowledge of an area of music that is important to you, or a love for an instrument.
I aim to develop superb performance technique and enhance your aural awareness. I am keen to work with a variety of people at all stages in their musical experience.

:: Playing is the important thing and always the centre of each lesson.
:: Sight reading and aural awareness of the music is important.
:: Technique such as scales, arpeggios and method studies are there to help support the repertoire you are learning.
:: Theory and analysis is there to support and deepen your understanding of the music
:: Composition and creativity (including improvisation) is included and encouraged if the student wishes!

I always encourage my students to have a practise notebook in which I make a quick note as to what you should be focusing your time on during the week between lessons.

Musical Education

Newcastle University - Master of Music
Newcastle University - Bachelor of Music

Awards and Distinctions

Since completing my Masters in Composition (graduating with distinction) and Bachelor of Music (2:1) at Newcastle University in the UK, I have gone on to explore music in a variety of ways:

I taught classroom music in the top 2 achieving schools in the North of England, and was Assistant Director of Music responsible for creating an engaging curriculum across the whole school (K-12 equivalent). I have conducted Jazz Bands, Symphony Orchestras and choirs, you name it!

As a composer I regularly write music for my students to play. I have written music for film scores and television series and adverts. a few examples can be seen/heard here: and

:: I am classically trained to Grade 8+ (ABRSM, UK, c. grade 10 RCM equivalent).

Special Skills and Training

I have conducted choirs, orchestras and jazz ensembles. I regularly accompany choirs and soloists. As a performer I have had residency in various establishments in the North of England, performing as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. As a piano and clarinet teacher I arrange resources for my students to access easily, and tailor them to suit their needs. I have hosted recitals and concerts for my students if that is something they would be interested in. I have had pupils as young as 4 years old right up to being as young as 78 years old(!). I always aim to ensure that our lessons are instructive, fulfilling and interesting. I would be delighted to help you or a family member discover music and foster an enjoyment for the best hobby/subject in the world. :: I am able to develop superb technique in my student's performance. :: I am flexible in offering students the choice to play what they like, whilst maintaining the best posture/technique and developing a deeper musical awareness. I am able to accompany my students and offer accompanist for choirs/soloists alike I can improvise in jazz, blues, folk and pop idioms. I compose regularly in a variety of different ways, using manuscript, pen and paper, or using software and industry standard techniques to create a professional product. I encourage students to create their own music, using whatever method they would like to explore. I would be delighted to work with a student who is keen to develop their musical skills in any of these areas.


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).