Jason - Teacher #1942

- Composition
- Electric Bass
- Guitar
- Singer-Songwriter

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is an art and I believe that art is fundamental to all learning. Learning music teaches discipline, determination and creativity; traits that result in a well rounded approach to all other subjects. Music is a language that everyone understands, whether you are listening to singer-songwriter performing with just a guitar and their voice, a classical orchestra or a composer's new work for string quartet. I am Indigenous and I am researching Indigenous music for my doctorate. I often work with Indigenous people who play music but do not speak English through which I have found that speaking the language of music has opened my ears to a larger universally connected world.

Musical Education

I have a diploma in Classical Double Bass Music Performance from Cambrian College; a Bachelor of Music with Honours for Jazz Electric Bass, Music Performance and Composition from Carleton University; and a Masters in Composition from the University of Ottawa. I am currently a lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate pursuing my doctorate in Composition at the University of Calgary. I am trained in both Classical and Jazz styles and familiar with all styles of music and able to teach any style required.

My double bass teacher was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and my electric bass teacher is the touring bassist for The Tenors (Formerly known as The Canadian Tenors). At the University of Calgary I have assisted and lectured a wide range of topics in music such as: composition, theory, performance, analysis, musicology and sound recording.

Awards and Distinctions

I have listed here my most recent awards for composition and my doctoral research on Indigenous Music.

SSHRC (Social Science Humanities Research Council) Doctoral Fellowship in 2019;
Richard Johnston Award in Chamber Composition in 2017 and 2018;
Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in 2016, 2017 and 2018;
Metis Education Foundation Scholarship in 2018;
Indigenous Graduate Award in 2017 and 2018;
Beaudry-Somcynsky Prize in Music Composition in 2016;

Special Skills and Training

I have over 30 years of experience as I began learning music at 8 years old from my older brother, a self taught guitarist who is now fluent in multiple instruments and styles. I began as a guitar but took more to bass after the first 2 months. From the age of 13 I have been performing professionally in various venues both as a performer in ensembles and behind the scenes as a sound technician. When I decided to attend post-secondary school I knew at my core I wanted to teach, and I strongly believe to teach you must be passionate about your subject. I enrolled in the subject I was most passionate about, music. My degrees and experience grant me expertise to teach many areas of music: instrumental training, performance, composition, theory, analysis, sound recording and live sound mixing.


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).