Alexander - Teacher #1687

- Drumset
- Percussions

- Composition
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy hinges on the understanding that music is not only an amazing practice to participate in, but also a lense through which we are able to explore all kinds of concepts, perspectives, and ways of being in the world. No matter the level of the student, as we explore the world of music and drumming, we will also explore many broad ideas that relate in compelling ways to the world around us.

Depending on the level of the student, lessons entail study from fundamental techniques such as stick grip, music notation, the role of the drummer, rudiments, and basic grooves in all popular styles to more advanced concepts such as serving the music (musicianship), employing various rhythmic textures and subtle alterations, solo and group improvisation, and the relative importance of developing individual style. Always catering to the personal goals of each student, my lessons are sure to inspire students of all levels and ages to embrace their musical development, and most importantly, groove hard!

Musical Education

I hold both a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance and a Master of Arts in musicology (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS)

Awards and Distinctions

James A Faraday Memorial Music Award - 2010

Special Skills and Training

Very patient and understanding; supportive of students when facing musical challenges. I hit the nail on the head by conveying information that many teachers often (unintentionally) withhold from students. This makes learning faster and more efficient; I will present you with the information instead of making you come to very important realizations completely on your own (and many years later!)


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).