Robert - Teacher #2000

- Baritone-Euphonium
- Trombone
- Tuba

- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

Music helped shape my life at a time when I had very little direction. From the first moment I held a trombone I felt inspired, confident, and excited. During my education and career, the lessons I have learned, separate from the technical aspects of playing, have been of monumental importance to my development as an adolescent and into adulthood. Without it I would not have the sense of discipline or self confidence I do today.

I view the role of a teacher as that of a mentor and approach my lessons with a firm but fair attitude. I will never shout at or berate a student nor will I kick them out of a lesson for not practicing. A nervous student will only play so well as to not get in trouble, but an inspired and confident student will flourish and succeed, no matter their level of technical ability. Each student will be pushed and guided appropriately to their level of interest and individual goals.

Musical Education

I have attended the following schools earning the following degrees:
- University of Alberta - Master of Music, Euphonium Performance
- McGill University - Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance

My principal teachers included:
- John McPherson - Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
- Trevor Dix - Orchestre Métropolitain

Special Skills and Training

- Banff Centre Artist in Residence - 2014 - Composer of the 2010 Luminato Festival official fanfare - 3 years experience instructing at the Canadian Armed Forces Music Training Centre - 19 years professional freelance experience - Performed with: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Vic Vogel Big Band, Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Griffon Brass, Mill Creek Colliery Band.


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).