Josh - Teacher #1939

Instruments:
- Drumset
- Marimba
- Percussions
- Vibraphone
- Xylophone

Services:
- Alexander Technique
- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM
- RCM - Advanced Harmony
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Analysis
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Counterpoint
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I feel very lucky to have had wonderful, ambitious students over the past 9 years that I have been teaching. My philosophy is that I first want to figure out what the goals are from each student. Do they want to be in a band, do they have a performance coming up, are there certain pieces or songs they want to learn or do they simple just want to learn drums from scratch. After deciding on a goal and a timeline, I use technique exercises, studies and various other method book to help them achieve their goals.

Musical Education

After graduating from Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa, ON, I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa studying primarily with Jon Wade of the NAC Orchestra. After 2 years, I transferred to the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where I graduated two years later with a Performance Diploma with honours. In addition to these two schools, I truly think I received most of my education from the 5 years I was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Awards and Distinctions

I am fortunate to have received some awards and recognitions in my musical career so far and they are as follows:
National Youth Orchestra of Canada Ambassador
Award of Excellence from the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of Canada
The Barbara and Patrick Keenan Foundation Scholarship from the Glenn Gould School The Piccolo Prix from the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition: 2015
“Most Outstanding Section” (Canterbury Percussion) at Musicfest Canada: 2012

Special Skills and Training

As a teacher, I have taught privately in my own home-studios for the past 9 years. In addition, I have been a member of the teaching faculty at both the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Conservatory of Performing Arts in Regina, SK. I am blessed to have had a number of teachers and mentors who have helped guide me through my musical life choices and I hope to be the same role model and aide to any of my current or future students. After graduating from the Glenn Gould School, I was offered a job as Principal Percussionist of the Regina Symphony Orchestra which I held for two seasons. During those two years, I was able to play with many other wonderful canadian orchestra such as being guest principal of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra, the Winnipeg, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Kingston Orchestra just to name a few.

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).