Ilhan - Teacher #1995

- Composition
- Piano
- Trumpet

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

I strongly believe that anyone at any age can learn an instrument, and enjoy the many benefits of playing music. My youngest student being 8, and my oldest being 73, I have had a lot of different students from a variety of ages and experience levels. It is my goal to make sure that YOU can begin or advance your musical education regardless of age or skill level.

I want to make sure that my students have a well rounded experience with me, while making sure that they achieve their goals. Lessons with me include theory, music appreciation, history, playing (practical), technique, ear-training and occasionally goal setting and self-appreciation.

At times, learning music can be stressful and bring anxiety to the student. I want to make sure that all my students progress the way they want to with the most important element, having fun!

Musical Education

RCM classical piano and theory,
private jazz training

Awards and Distinctions

2x MusicFest invite, Kiwanis Jazz Festival.
Best Senior Combo, Kiwanis Jazz Festival.
Full ride to Douglas Summer Jazz Workshop, MusicFest.
Best Junior Musician, Kiwanis Jazz Festival.
$3000 Scholarship to Humber College, MusicFest.
Gold award, MusicFest.
Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund recipient.
2 xFraser MacPherson Jazz fund finalist.
2x Highest RCM piano exam mark in British Columbia (classical piano).
Numerous gold awards, North Shore music Festival (classical piano).
2x Conn Selmer Centerstage Honour Jazz band.
2x BCMEA Honour Jazz Band.
Humber Summer Jazz Workshop participant.
Scholarship to Humber Summer Jazz Workshop.
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival composition contest winner.

Special Skills and Training

I spend my time as a gigging jazz musician as a bandleader in my piano trio and quartet, as well as an in-demand sideman for various jazz groups as well as rock, pop, funk, mariachi and salsa bands. I also do a lot of composing for jazz ensembles and for film where I am currently working on doing my fourth short film score. One of my biggest passions is teaching, and I often encourage my jazz students to come and watch my gigs to see what we learn in our lessons in action!


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).