Jay - Teacher #2788

- Composition
- Drumset
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Ukulele
- Voice

- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is my life, and there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing it with people. It expresses the inexpressible and can heal divides between people.

Musical Education

I have my Master's Degree from York University in music composition. I am originally a self taught musician and gained my musical education by playing with some of the very best musicians in the world, where I was forced to learn to read music and learn advanced concepts in technique, structure and composition very quickly while performing my duties as a hired instrumentalist. This includes among other things two albums and several shows with Latin jazz legend Hilario Duran, being Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's guitarist, performing with several Latin music greats such as Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo and Salsa star Oscar D'Leon, and winning a Juno Award as the guitarist on Julian Fauth's 2009 winner "Ramblin' Son".

Awards and Distinctions

2009 Juno Award for Blues Album Of The Year - Julian Fauth, "Ramblin' Son"
2001 Juno Nomination for World Music Album - Hilario Duran "Havana Remembered"

Special Skills and Training

I have spent my whole life dedicated to music. I started playing rock music and progressed into other forms of music. I became a specialist in Cuban music, where I gained the reputation of being the very best player in North America of a guitar like instrument called the Tres Cubano. I worked for years as Jazz guitarist and composer in a quintet of my own in Toronto for 15 years and have done Masterclasses at Selkirk College.


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).