Juan Carlos - Teacher #1726

- Djembe
- Drumset
- Percussions

- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Advanced)

- English
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

From my years of teaching experience, I realize and appreciate that every person learns in various ways. One of my goals is to teach the student what they want to learn, at a pace that is suitable and individually appropriate. It is my desire to have opportunities to build musical culture within the community.

Musical Education

I have attended and earned the following:

-Bellas Artes Universidad (Cartagena, Colombia)
Diploma of Popular Music

-Humber College (Lakeshore Campus - Toronto, Ontario)
Bachelor of Music Degree

Awards and Distinctions

*AM740 Jazz Award – 2014
*Eddie Sossin Humanity Award – 2011 & 2013
*Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. Scholarship – 2012

Special Skills and Training

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE: *Alongside JUNO Award Winner Emilie-Claire Barlow *2015/2016 “One World” Tour with JUNO Award Winner Jesse Cook *Alongside JUNO Award Winner David Buchbinder featuring Hilario Duran and Odessa/Havana (Klezmer & Afro-Cuban Ensemble) *Member of the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble from 2010-2014, alongside Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider, Guido Basso, Bob Mintzer, Larnell, Lewis and Mark Kelso (Big Band Jazz Ensemble) *KC Roberts and the Live Revolution (Funk, Jazz, Rock Ensemble) *Gary Morgan & Panamericana (Latin Jazz Big Band) *Cimmaron under the direction of Luis Ochoa (Afro-Cuban Band) *Son Ache (Salsa Band) *Zebrina (Klezmer Ensemble) OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: *Professional and active musician experienced in a variety of music genres *Strong improvising ability in both musical and life situations *Musical versatility and ability to play by ear *Knowledge of music theory *Able to create ongoing communication and bonds with students and parents *Adept at assisting students to understand the drums and various percussion instruments *Knowledge of essential drum equipment for both recording and live performances *Able to assist students to purchase the right equipment (incl. drum set tuning and assembly) *Positive minded and naturally dedicated in assisting students to obtain their music goals *Expressive and personable demeanor with an honest work ethic


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).