Marcus - Teacher #2050

- Violin

- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I feel that teaching the basic fundamentals in terms of posture and the positioning of the body around the instrument is essential and will be the basis of my curriculum for beginners, because poor posture and positioning can lead to discomfort and injury. I strive for a learning environment that fosters curiosity and joy in learning how to play the violin. Whether the students are children or adults, I will take the time to get to know what their goals are in learning a new instrument, and will adjust to match their pace accordingly.

Musical Education

I have attended the following schools earning the following diplomas:
-Royal Conservatory of Music - ARCT Diploma for Violin
-Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts - Ontario Secondary School Diploma

*Currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance at the University of Toronto

Awards and Distinctions

-Unionville Music Academy Competition – 2nd Place 2017 (Age Achievement- Violin)
• Canadian Music Competition – Regional Finalist 2017
• Kiwanis Music Festival – 1st Place 2017
(String Solo- Concert Group – Age 17 & Under)
• Kiwanis Music Festival – 1st Place 2017
(Violin Solo)
• North York Music Festival – 1st Place 2017
(Advanced Performers – Romantic Repertoire)
• North York Music Festival – 2nd Place (Age Achievement – Violin) 2017
• North York Music Festival – 2nd Place 2017
(Advanced Performers – Baroque Repertoire)
• University of Toronto Engineering Competition – 2nd Place 2016
• North York Music Festival – 2nd Place (Age Achievement – Violin) 2016
• North York Music Festival – 2nd Place (Level 11 – List D) 2016
• North York Music Festival – 3rd Place (Level 11 – List B) 2016
• Kiwanis Music Festival – 3rd Place 2016
(Concerto for Violin & Orchestra – Romantic or Modern)
• Kiwanis Music Festival – 3rd Place 2016
(Violin Solo - Unaccompanied)
• Kiwanis Music Festival – 3rd Place 2016
(Violin Solo - Sonata)
• The Royal Conservatory of Music – ARCT Performers Practical Exam 2016
• The Royal Conservatory of Music – History and Theory 2014

Special Skills and Training

I grew up in a family that was very musically oriented, with two older sisters who learnt piano, one of which is now a private teacher, and a mother who sings in the church choir. I have had experience in a variety of settings as a violinist, including completing my ARCT Diploma for the RCM, being part of community orchestras, several chamber groups, and performing as a solo violinist, both in a concert as well as a competitive setting. As a teacher, I strive to be open minded about what my students' individual goals are, but my ultimate goal is to guide aspiring violinists in a way that is enjoyable, practical, and engaging.


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).