Joel - Teacher #2355

- Clarinet
- Classical Guitar
- Composition
- Electric Guitar
- Flute
- Guitar
- Piano
- Recorder
- Saxophone
- Singer-Songwriter
- Ukulele

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

We all have a reason why we want to play music. I encourage and support students to follow that curious spark and discover their musical voice. I guide students to achieve their musical goals whether it be learning a new instrument, a new song, developing as an improviser, learning to sight read, understand theory, or songwriting in a fun and interactive way.

Musical Education

I spent 4 years studying Jazz Saxophone at Capilano University. I have over 14 years of teaching experience working in ECE: Montessori schools, and independent schools learning all about child development, as well as adult & group lessons. I studied saxophone with Grammy nominated Juno award winning jazz saxophonist Campbell Ryga at Capilano University. My additional teachers are: Charlie Parker, Bach, Dave Liebman, Miles Davis, Bill Evans just to name a few of the masters. I started studying saxophone at the age of 13 and as my musical career developed I began learning and incorporating more instruments into my teaching repertoire.

Awards and Distinctions

Teacher of the year award @ Ava Music & Art Centre ltd. 2018

Special Skills and Training

For years I have performed saxophone for bands, corporate functions, studio work, big bands, virtual functions, as well as disability foundations. I have also taught rock bands, musical theatre, Orff, kodaly, & Montessori pedagogy These skills have helped developed me into a strong music teacher, performer, and composer.


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).