Carlos - Teacher #2211

Instruments:
- Bass Clarinet
- Clarinet
- Saxophone

Services:
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

Languages:
- English
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

Every music student has the ability to succeed – either on a personal level, a professional level, or both. It is my job as their teacher to set very high expectations; higher than the student may think they can achieve at first.

Whether or not the student actually achieves the expectation at face value is not the point. The journey to reach those heights is how the student truly discovers their sound, their art, and themselves. I provide the student with every bit of information that I can to guide them through their journey. But ultimately, the job of all teachers is to take the student to the point where they don’t need us anymore.

My priority in teaching kids is to create an enjoyable environment so that they are eager and excited to come to class every time while effectively enhancing their learning and improving their playing. Teachers should be aware that at these ages what children enjoy most is playing, so we have to find a way to integrate our music lessons into a disciplined and intelligent game, at the time that we are explaining to them some technical and musical concepts. The priority of my teaching to young kids is that they should be eager to come to class every time, because they are thinking that they are going to have fun, at the same time that keeps learning and improving. So, in this way, we can try to explain to them anything through their sensations and lead them to discover new things, in order to improve their knowledge and expand their world.

Music is a very personal art and way of communication. Students who learn any musical instrument tend to become very vulnerable during the process. They must look inside themselves to find their expression and create their art. I believe in creating a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore that part of themselves. Enabling a student to access that inner expression allows them to grow not only as a musician but also as a person.

In addition, acquiring flawless technique is very important in order to achieve an artistic and confident performance. In this sense, my opinion is that students must be curious and interested about music as a whole and clarinet practice in particular. So a music teacher has to be able to find a way in which each student gets used to having a good predisposition to study and organize a practice time schedule during the week as well as an efficient routine for each practicing session; a good way to do this is to invite them to think that playing a musical instrument is like playing a game in order to avoid experiencing boredom in practicing the instrument.

Each individual musician has their strengths and their weaknesses, but this should be subordinated to a secondary plane; students have to trust in themselves and give their best in each lesson.

Musical Education

I have attended the following schools earning the following degrees:

-University of British Columbia - Master of Music (Prof. Jose Franch-Ballester)
-Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Alicante - Bachelor of Music Performance (Prof. Jose Franch-Ballester)

Currently pursuing my Doctor of Musical Arts program at UBC.

I have been a member of:
-National Academy Orchestra since 2021
-National Youth Orchestra of Canada since 2018
-UBC Symphonic Orchestra since 2017
-Alicante Society of Chamber Music since 2017
-Youth Orchestra of Valencia since 2016
-Alicante University Philharmonic Orchestra since 2016

and collaborator of:

-Vancouver Opera Orchestra
-Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra
-Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra

During my formation, I have taken masterclasses with some of the most internationally renowned clarinetists in the world, including Corrado Giuffredi, David Shifrin, James Campbell, Kimball Sykes, Kari Krikku, Yehuda Gilad, Julian Bliss, Andreas Sunden amongst others.

Awards and Distinctions

2020 Dr. Geoffrey Newman Graduate Scholarship in Music

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 Faculty of Arts Graduate Award

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 International Tuition Award

2019 Audience Prize Vancouver Friends of Chamber Competition

2018 J. Wesley Foster Memorial Scholarship in Music

2018 Winner Royal Over-Seas League UK Scholarship for a BC Emerging Musician

2018 Winner UBC Concerto Competition, performing Jean Françaix’s Clarinet Concerto

Special Skills and Training

-Teaching assistant for Woodwind Department at UBC -Teaching Assistant of Clarinet Woodwind Class at UBC -Operations Manager / event organizer of Windfest and Brassfest at UBC -Winner of Royal Over-Seas League UK Scolarship for a BC Emerging Musician (UBC, 2018) -Winner UBC Concerto Competition (UBC, 2018)

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).