Rod - Teacher #2111

Instruments:
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Mandolin
- Ukulele

Services:
- RCM

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I have taught students from ages 6 to 86 years old. I started out in my early years playing Rock music but I fell in love with classical guitar. Ever since I got into classical music, I also learnt other instruments like organ and piano. I play organ at churches and I love playing J.S. Bach on organ and guitar too. ( Of course, I have a wide repertoire of Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic era and "modern" music) I tried university but this was not the path for me to gain better musicianship. I ended up studying privately. Through my mentors that were highly reputed performers and teachers, I became very successful as a well traveled performer and a teacher across Canada. I have played at many hotels, restaurants, weddings and recitals. I also played in many rock bands and even led jam sessions teaching "off the street" people to play. I can relate to many people who fall through the cracks that get frustrated learning the "conventional way" because myself I found learning in my early years very difficult. I realize there are so many "different"ways learning like I did. With my background with both organ and classical guitar, I do a lot of rearranging music for my students and ensembles with other performers. I am lucky to have perfect pitch because often students ask me to figure out YouTube videos on the spot and I arrange music in their way of learning. I am always learning what the latest pop hits or classic oldies for either my students or some gig performing with other musicians. I have also adapted to teaching other instruments such as ukulele and mandolin. My students have a blast learning pop songs adapted to ukulele and mandolin I rearrange from other instruments. With COVID-19, I have adapted to teaching online. I have also ran summer camps of groups of young children making music and making fun. I learnt with very young children, you can never overplan for lesson plans. I had a number of students who did RCM exams and I had a few students that were invited to perform in provincial music festivals.

Musical Education

I studied privately with Glen Wiener, Harold Micay and Paul Hammer. I had performed in master classes with Norbert Kraft, Ray Staley, Wilson and MaCallister and others. I did do grade X RCM practical guitar but didn't do the theory requirements for full RCM grade X. I did do grade IX organ with theory.

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).