Joseph - Teacher #1952

- Drumset

- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation

- English

Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy for teaching/learning is to do so through creation. This is something that a number of my mentors have impressed upon me. Music is a creative art form, and creativity is a muscle which must be exercised. My goal as a teacher is to give my students the necessary skills to express themselves freely as creative individuals.

Musical Education

I am currently studying Jazz Performance at McGill University, from which I will receive a Bachelor of Music in the spring of 2021. During high school I studied with a local professional, learning the Alan Dawson method of jazz drums. In addition to formal University training and private study, I have travelled to New York City to study with musicians currently on the music scene. These musicians include Peter Apfelbaum, Justin Brown, and Kassa Overall.

Awards and Distinctions

Berklee High School Jazz Competition Outstanding Musicianship Award | 2017. Berklee High School Jazz Competition Judge's Choice Award | 2016, 2017. Maine High School Jazz Festival Outstanding Musicianship Award | 2014, 2015 (awarded twice), 2016, 2017 (awarded twice). Maine All State Jazz Festival | 2015, 2016, 2017.


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).