Wesley - Teacher #1825

- Composition
- Double Bass
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Piano
- Singer-Songwriter
- Ukulele

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that as a teacher my biggest responsibility is to foster each student's relationship with music. Being interested in what you learn is primary to the educational experience; instrumental technique, discipline and focus, even learning repertoire all follow from listening to music and relating to it. This is why I focus on teaching students material from genres they are personally interested in, and on creating emotional connections with new pieces and unfamiliar genres. This approach is complemented by exercises designed to develop a student's ear so that they can hear the relationship between what they learn, what they listen to, and their own playing.

I also emphasize the importance of physical technique in maintaining health and comfort while playing music, and love to teach music theory in a way that connects abstract ideas to familiar sounds. For students of all ages my approach to practice and feedback is grounded in positivity and patience- learning takes time and I believe we are better served by practicing something thoroughly than rushing through it or being scared of making mistakes.

Musical Education

I have a BA in music from Humber College, where I majored on upright and electric bass. My studies there included classes in performance, composition and arrangement (with Rex Hotel Orchestra director John McLeod), theory and ear training, and recording. I had the pleasure of studying bass with Mike Downes and studying jazz performance in an ensemble with the legendary Pat Labarbera.
I studied piano with both classical and jazz teachers from ages ten to eighteen, achieving my grade 8 RCM. I also studied drums and percussion from age twelve to seventeen, both with a private lesson instructor and at the Peterborough Collegiate integrated arts school, and have played guitar since I was fourteen, studying with a variety of teachers in contemporary styles.

Awards and Distinctions

My ensemble The Anthology Project (a ten-piece jazz band performing original compositions) was selected as band of the year 2018 by the T.U. Jazz Festival.
In 2016 I was awarded the Lenny Boyd Bass Award at Humber College.

Special Skills and Training

I have worked as a performer in the Toronto music scene for the past four years, gigging regularly as a bandleader and sideman in jazz, folk, rock, soul, funk, bluegrass, Celtic, Mediterranean, pop, and afro-beat bands. This has involved performing on guitar, percussion, bass, and keys, as well as transcribing and arranging songs for cover bands and composing original music. In 2017 I attended Spectrum Music's New Voices composer workshop led by composers Sundar Viswanathan and Chelsea McBride. I have worked in sound engineering for live concerts and events since 2010 which has enriched my perspective on audio, acoustics, and performance.


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).