Phillip - Teacher #2590

- Drumset

- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- Portugese
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that when learning an instrument there has to be a musical reason for every technique learned and every exercise practiced.

With this in mind, I place a strong emphasis on learning music repertoire that caters to the students personal preference. I enjoy linking musical theory concepts with practical examples whenever possible so as to make the learning of writing and reading music seamless and enjoyable.

For advanced students I am ready to explore as much territory as the student would like to cover. This can be anything from transcriptions, technique studies, to incorporating musical concepts, developing their own vocabulary and overall, taking their playing to the next level.

Musical Education

I have a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from the Lisbon University of Music (Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa).

Special Skills and Training

I was born in Toronto and grew up in Portugal, where I have performed at the country’s top jazz venues as well as in its vibrant free jazz and improvised music scene. I have a passion for teaching as much as performing and have developed these skills hand in hand across my musical career. I have over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. In my latest role as Drum Instructor for Oeiras International School I enjoyed working with students who spoke a diverse array of languages and successfully preparing them for Europe-wide music exams, college auditions and a variety of music performances.


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).