Brendan - Teacher #1734

- Composition
- Piano
- Xylophone

- Composition
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Analysis
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I believe every musician should be equipped to engage with a sense of play at the instrument, in the truest sense of the word. To some people, "play" means improvising over a blues, to others, it means reciting Beethoven sonatas at a high level, to others, it means playing free jazz, and to others it means composing minuets - ultimately, music should be about doing what you want, when you want. As a teacher all I want to do is find the fastest, soundest way to get my students to that place.

Musical Education

I have attended the following schools and programs for my education:
MacEwan University - Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Pop.
Currently I am completing my Masters degree in Classical piano performance at the University of Alberta. My principal instructors in the academic world have included Tom Van Seters, Chris Andrew, Jim Lewis, Mark Segger, Patricia Tao, Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, and Deborah Cleaver. Outside of school, I play a number of pop and jazz gigs professionally, serving as solo piano performer, and sideman for players like Calvin Love, Justine Vandergrift, Jon Guenter, Eamon McGrath, Aladean Kheroufi, Zia Mizera, and more.

Awards and Distinctions

- TD Ottawa Jazz Fest Award 2017

Special Skills and Training

- I completed the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. At the time I received the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival award. - My technical teaching borrows heavily from the Taubman approach. For the past year I've been taking lessons with Taubman teacher Deborah Cleaver.


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).