- French Horn
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
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.
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
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.
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