Christopher - Teacher #2539

Instruments:
- Saxophone

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

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I see great value in a musical upbringing, since I’ve found that learning music at any age extremely benefits one’s cognition and spirit. I work with my students to find the best approach for each individual’s goals and needs: anything from providing an extra boost at music proficiency in school, assisting one’s professional development, or expanding an extra hobby.
With excellence in mind, I work hard to foster a safe, all-inclusive environment for students to express themselves, lean into natural talent, and have fun making music! I offer beginner to intermediate and advanced private lessons in saxophone and music theory.

Musical Education

I completed an Honours Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and I'm currently studying at the same institution for my Master of Music degree also in saxophone performance. My principle teacher, Wallace Halladay, studied with Arno Bornkamp and rigorously trains the art of music interpretation and saxophone excellence. My studies are augmented by a focus in music theory in addition to conducting and interpretation from Gillian MacKay.

Awards and Distinctions

In 2018, I won the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition twice, both solo and with the Karisyg Saxophone Quartet, and subsequently performed the Dahl saxophone concerto and McAllister X2 saxophone quartet concerto with the U of T wind bands. I am also a University of Toronto Scholar and a recipient of the Harvey Botting Graduate Performance Scholarship, Herold and Jean Bohne Scholarship, Leslie John Hodgson Scholarship, Eugene Rittich Scholarship, Norman and Hinda Tobias Memorial Scholarship, Walter Homburger Scholarship, and an FMUA Individual Project Grant.

Special Skills and Training

I studied intense solo and group performance skills at the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France, with Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Joonatan Rautiola, Christian Wirth, Mariano Garcia, Daniel Gauthier, and Vincent Lê Quang. Furthermore, I developed high-level saxophone proficiency with Timothy McAllister at the Orford Music Summer Academy. I additionally performed in masterclasses for Arno Bornkamp, Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Stephen Page, Brandon Jinwoo Choi, Sarah Jeffrey, Connie Frigo, Eric Hall, Dominic Desautels, Darren Hicks, Miles Jacques, and Griffin Campbell. Previous private lessons with distinguished saxophonists include Kenneth Tse, Chien-Kwan Lin, Taimur Sullivan, Stephen Page, Djamel Mami, and Rami El-Farrah.

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).