Ben - Teacher #2183

Instruments:
- Clarinet
- Flute
- Saxophone

Services:
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

As an educator, Ben likes to bring his passion for music and learning to all his lessons. Having taught all age ranges from infants through to adults, from beginners to University level, Ben is equally comfortable teaching various styles of music from classical, through to pop, jazz and improvisation. Ben is proud of achieving a 100% pass rate in all exams, in all syllabuses, both in the UK and Canada.

Musical Education

I have attended the following schools earning the following degrees:

- Dartington College of Arts - BA (with honours) Music (Performance)

Special Skills and Training

Originally from the UK, but now residing in Vancouver, woodwind specialist (sax, flute, and clarinet) Ben earned his B.A. with honours in Music (Performance) from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, UK. On completing his degree I moved to London where I soon became an in demand musician throughout London and the UK, performing and recording in many different groups and genres, from Big Bands, small group jazz ensembles, Latin / World Music Groups, Pit Orchestras, Pop Bands, and Classical Ensembles. Since moving to Vancouver, Canada, I have quickly made a name for myself on the local scene, becoming an in demand freelance musician, as well as running his own combos, along with becoming a well respected educator. I have also helped adjudicate Nationally known music Festivals. Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to play all over the world, including Scandinavia, Russia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and has performed at venues that include The Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the 606 Club (London), O’Douls Restaurant and Bar (Vancouver), Cory Weeds' The Cellar Jazz Club (Vancouver), as well as being featured at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Along with all this experience, I like to bring my joy and passion for music into my music lessons, along with catering to your own specific needs.

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).