Timothy - Teacher #1872

- Cello
- Piano

- Composition

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is life, life is music. I have boiled down the miracle of music to a basic equation -- R(hythm) X L(yricism/melody) = (expressed through) S(ound). Rhythm is something visceral, a repetitive motion made by our body while we play/sing. Lyricism is the human ability to sustain a melody, to tell a story (in one's mind). Music encompasses one's whole being -- our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies -- all at the same time!

Meditating on musical practice is of immense benefit at every stage of life. And, I believe music is a gift to be freely given. My students only pay me for my time.

Musical Education

I have attended the following schools and earned the following degrees:
- Hochschule fuer Musik in Detmold, Germany - began cello studies
- Medicine Hat College - Music Diploma in cello
- Royal Conservatory of Music - ARCTs in performance in both the piano and cello
My principal teacher was cellist/vocalist Robert Bardston who studied in Germany from Andre Navarra. He taught me the cello, the principals of music, and how to sing (among many other things).

Awards and Distinctions

Just many First Place awards in both the cello and piano in Vancouver's music festivals (primarily Kiwanis) while growing up.

Special Skills and Training

Besides the above-mentioned vocal training, my cello teacher Robert Bardston gave me, I have been composing 'jazzy-classical musical theateresque art rock' since I was 21. I produced a 'rock opera' as a multi-media stage production in Vancouver in 2005, and now am looking to produce my rock opera's overture album with the intention that in a few years its cinematic version will be made.


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).