Barrington - Teacher #1773

Instruments:
- French Horn
- Trombone
- Trumpet
- Tuba

Services:
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is student-focused. Meaning that I tailor my methods and tools based upon what the student's needs are, and their (or their parent's) personal objectives for music education.

Some students are not looking to become professional musicians, but rather to gain an appreciation for the innate value of music and arts in general. For those students I like to focus on achieving a basic understanding of musical principles, including artistic taste and style, and knowledge of artists and repertoire.

Other students are looking to achieve greater proficiency with their instrument and the ability to play more demanding repertoire in school band. These students may consider pursuing music as either a serious hobby or a profession and are usually willing to work harder. For this kind of student I like to focus heavily on the fundamentals of playing the instrument, such as breathing, ergonomics, tone production, range, flexibility, articulation, etc. While working on all these aspects I integrate the learning of scales, arpeggios, and chords, alongside certain technical etudes that I customize for each student's needs. This approach tends to yield a much faster progression of technical ability in the student, as well as overall faster learning of repertoire.

Of course, there are many students in between these two extremes. My experience with teaching students of all ages has shown me that each individual student can thrive with some combination of two above approaches.

Musical Education

I obtained a Bachelor's degree (with honors) in classical trombone performance from University of Toronto.

My principal teacher while at U of T was Jeffrey Hall, bass trombonist of the Toronto Symphony

I have also had lessons with Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Special Skills and Training

I literally grew up around music. Both my parents are professional musicians, and I grew up watching and hearing them practice their instruments at all hours of the day. There are still Chopin piano etudes and trumpet solos that I catch myself humming at odd times before realizing that they are memories from childhood. My first musical instruction in brass (trumpet) was from my father, and in piano and voice from my mother. As I grew up, I sang extensively in school and church choirs, and played, at one time or another, every brass instrument. In fact, my main instrument was the trumpet until moving to trombone around age 17. Some of my teaching experience comes from being an instructor at summer music camps, where I have taught brass, choir, and music theory - mainly to children ages 6-17 for many years. However, in the last few years I've started to do more teaching during the year, and have branched out to other age groups. I have taught children as young as 6, all the way up to adults age 76. I also have some experience teaching autistic children.

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).