Dave - Teacher #2178

- Electric Guitar
- Guitar

- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

For me, studying the guitar has been a huge part of my personal identity and it has afforded me some of the biggest moments of joy and accomplishment in my life. As a teacher, I strive to give students the opportunity to get as much out of music as I have. Part of this involves listening to students to understand what it is about the guitar that fascinates and motivates them, rather than trying to force feed them the things that I am fascinated by.

It is my hope that my students' experience with music will give them the confidence that they'll need to conquer their own personal and musical goals, and that they will carry in their hearts a love and appreciation of music for the rest of their lives.

Musical Education

I have an honours Bachelor of Music from Humber College in Toronto where I majored in Jazz Guitar, studying under some of the best guitarists in the country.

Special Skills and Training

A great deal of my performance career has been spent on the country music scene. I am very familiar with the challenges of the professional guitarist including: -Working for artists -Playing and improvising in a pop context -Professional gear and equipment -Flying and touring with equipment I also studied for years as a student of the Barry Harris improvisational method and I am adept at teaching advanced approaches to bebop concepts.


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).