Ethan - Teacher #2207

- Cello
- Composition
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Singer-Songwriter

- Composition
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching revolves around the act of listening, whether that's listening to music, or words, or our bodies. I teach listening as a tool for self-discovery and self-improvement in music and in life.

In my lessons I try to create a warm and welcoming environment and I encourage students to think (and listen!) critically, and to find their own voice in their playing. We spend a lot of time talking about how we feel in our own bodies, and learning how to connect more deeply to what our bodies are telling us in any given moment.

Music is a joyful thing, and a great way to get in touch with our bodies and with ourselves, and this is exactly what I strive to help students discover.

Musical Education

I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Ottawa, and a Master's Degree from the University of Calgary, both specializing in cello performance.

While I was studying cello I found I was also passionate about composing and creating my own music, and as such I studied composition and jazz on the side.

I've always been in love with all kinds of non-classical music as well, and while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree, I was playing in various bands and jazz ensembles to supplement my rigorous classical training.

Special Skills and Training

Music never came easily to me. I got a late start and I was never particularly talented, but I always loved playing. When I started music school, I didn't have the natural ability which seemed to come so easily to some of my colleagues, but I did have enthusiasm and ambition. To pursue music seriously was a difficult task, but as I trained and grew as a musician and person I learned a lot about what it means to be dedicated to a craft. I learned how to do the work I needed to do, and I built myself from the ground up (with the help of a few wonderful teachers!). This experience has given me two invaluable gifts as a teacher: patience, and perspective. I learned patience because my teachers were patient with me, and because I know all too well what it feels like to be stuck every once in a while. And I learned perspective because I remember what helped me start from the bottom, and I know how to build concepts from their most basic form, block by block; I learned how to make things make sense. This is part of what has made me the musician and person that I am today, and I wouldn't give up these experiences for anything.


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).