Aaron - Teacher #1972

- Electric Guitar
- Guitar

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I take a holistic, mentoring approach, adapting lessons to the student's interests and abilities. We cover technique, repertoire, theory, ear training, with the focus being on musicianship rather than a strictly guitar-centric perspective. We learn to play full songs from start to finish, giving students a better understanding of musical context and a sense of accomplishment when a song is mastered. I'm also a singer, and love to work with singer/songwriters and performers. I look forward to meeting you and helping with your musical development!

Musical Education

I am a Summa Cum Laude (highest honours) graduate of Berklee College of Music, where I received a B. Mus with a specialization in Music Production & Engineering. My principal instrument at Berklee was guitar, where I studied with notable guitarists Mike Williams and Lauren Passarelli. Before attending Berklee, I studied privately with Neil Bateman, an accomplished jazz guitarist and music director at several Ottawa-area high schools. I’ve performed as a guitarist, both alone and as a session player for others, since 1996.
As a vocalist, I studied for 2 years with Sandra Nason, director of the Canadian Showcase Chorus. Upon attending Berklee, I minored in voice, taking all the elective courses I was permitted, including private classes with Joyce Lucia. I’ve performed as a vocalist on recordings and in concert since 1996.

Awards and Distinctions

- Summa Cum Laude (highest academic honours), GPA 3.8
<br>- 2019 grant recipient, Québec English Language Arts Network (ELAN) State of the Arts: Public Experts Project

Special Skills and Training

As a full-time musician, I've worn several professional hats. I've worked in live sound, composed for video games, placed music in hundreds of television shows, mixed and mastered albums, and produced recordings for other artists, in addition to my own performing career. This varied experience allows me to communicate to students how guitar fits into the bigger musical picture. I teach students how to work with other musicians, play to serve the song, and develop excellent listening skills. Students benefit from this multifaceted approach whether their goal is to be a musical hobbyist, academic, or professional.


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).