Ben - Teacher #1567

Instruments:
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Ukulele

Services:
- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM
- RCM - Advanced Harmony
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Analysis
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Counterpoint
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I've had great success as a teacher because I encourage my students from a perspective of how they think, not just what they think. For me, teaching, composing and performing are all integral parts to being happy as a musician. And really, who doesn't love being happy?

Musical Education

Bachelor of Music (Classical Guitar Performance, Composition)
- Wesley Institute (Sydney, Australia)

Cert III Music Technology
- Northern Territory University (Darwin, Australia)

Special Skills and Training

Whenever I meet someone new, I'm invariably asked the same question: ​"Where is your accent from?" ​ Born in Canada and raised in Australia, I have called many cities my home. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Sydney, Australia, and have over 16 years of professional music experience teaching and performing across Australia, the USA and Canada. I currently enjoy life as a musician in St. Albert, "The Botanical Arts City", providing premium guitar lessons and music education for school-aged students (grades 1-12) in the greater Edmonton region. I've performed in orchestras, weddings, private functions, cafes and restaurants, even touring Australia with rock bands and choirs. In addition to providing guitar lessons, I am the Director of Creative Arts at West Meadows Baptist Church.

Rates

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

Policies


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).