Garson - Teacher #1862

Instruments:
- Drumset

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is rooted in enhancing natural musical expression by learning fundamental techniques. I design lessons with the intention of getting students to play grooves and sharpen their technique. A student can dramatically increase the ability to articulate music in their head or on paper by strengthening their understanding of different ways to hold a drumstick, posture, and rudiment vocabulary. However, technical practice needs to be balanced with the joy of music. Without joy, there is no music, and without music, there is no joy.

Musical Education

I have been studying drumming for 17 years, at the age of 11 I got my first drum set and began private lessons for several years. When I turned 14 I was accepted into a music program for drums at PCVS high school, and became very interested in playing drums in a band setting. During my time at PCVS I played in many different groups including rock, pop, blues, funk and jazz. After high school my feelings for playing drums professionally grew stronger and I started private drum lessons with renown Canadian drummer Al Cross, from the band Big Sugar. Through a combination of lessons with Al, and my own musical exploration, my understanding of the art of practice deepened greatly and my journey to be a professional drummer became my number one priority. Since then I've had the pleasure of touring Ontario and Montreal with Silver Lining, and playing alongside very talented up and coming artist's like Stacey Kay, Kolton Stewart, Anh Phung and Kate Suhr.

Special Skills and Training

I've spent many years researching exercises and experimenting with different lesson structures. My pursuit of musical growth has helped me refine how often and how long a student needs to play to get results. Through this process i have developed a deep understanding of the art of practice.

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).