Justin - Teacher #2084

Instruments:
- Clarinet
- Flute
- Saxophone

Services:
- Ear Training
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM
- RCM - Advanced Harmony
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Analysis
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I have studied and performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

My lessons are customized to every student, combining music theory and aural skills, instrumental technique, etudes, and repertoire. Every lesson will combine these elements, and lesson notes will be provided to help guide every student in their personal practice by having a reminder of the material and techniques covered in lessons, and clear expectations of what music and techniques they need to prepare for the following lesson. I will always create a lesson plan that begins at your current playing ability and the plan will be personalized to your own personal goals, the genres you wish to study and by clear expectations of improvement on your instrument.

I have a considerable teaching record. My previous high school students have been accepted to post-secondary music programs on full scholarship at the University of Alberta and West Virginia University. My students and chamber ensembles have excelled in their performance and won awards at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and West Virginia University’s Concerto Competition.

Performance experience helps to guide my teaching pedagogy and vice-versa. By ensuring professional demonstrations for my students I can teach by providing live musical examples. It is especially important for younger students to hear their music and instrument performed and demonstrated at a professional level to help guide their ears when they practice on their own and work on tone production and musical phrasing.

Musical Education

I have studied and performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe. I have degrees in music and saxophone performance from West Virginia University (Doctorate of Musical Arts), Conservatoire de Bordeaux (Performance Certificate), Bowling Green State University (Master of Music), and the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Music), and Grant MacEwan University (Jazz Performance Certificate). With over 12 years of teaching experience and advanced degrees in music pedagogy I am able to teach all ages and experiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute in both classical and jazz genres.

Awards and Distinctions

Albums:
Music from SEAMUS Vol. 28, Ljos by Brian Topp for soprano saxophone
and live electronics
Interactions. SEAMUS Records, Scrap Metals by Jason Charney for soprano
Saxophone and live electronics


Special Skills and Training

I have extensive training in jazz, classical, contemporary, and experimental music styles. As an instructor, my main goal is to curate your artistry and spark curiosity by using the tools of technique, etudes, and repertoire that is challenging and fulling for every level of student, from beginner to pro.

Rates

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

Policies


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).