Shawn - Teacher #2789

- Baritone-Euphonium
- Bass Clarinet
- Cello
- Clarinet
- Composition
- Drumset
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Flute
- French Horn
- Guitar
- Percussions
- Piano
- Recorder
- Saxophone
- Singer-Songwriter
- Trombone
- Trumpet
- Tuba
- Ukulele
- Viola
- Violin

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Orff
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

The philosopher and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat once said that “Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.” I resonate strongly with these words, and believe that there is no greater way to maximize the enjoyment of our short time on Earth than to fill it with meaningful, beautiful music. Music is all around us in every culture and every place. We experience it in all its various forms throughout our lives. Some even go so far as to say that every human life has their own personal soundtrack. I feel it is my duty to teach students young and old how to derive the greatest meaning and enjoyment from that soundtrack as they can, whether they simply want to listen to it, move to it, play with it, perform it for others, write it themselves, or all of the above.

Beyond enjoyment and decoration, the journey of musicianship itself can be the greatest teacher. One of my greatest mentors, Dr. Karen Bulmer, often says that “‘music learning’ is a metaphor for life learning.” Along the path to musical discovery, musicians learn how to breathe, move, and listen with purpose and precision. They learn how to express themselves beyond words. They learn perseverance, resilience, and the value of smart practice. They learn to connect with others as well as themselves in ways they did not know possible. Having experienced it myself, I can confidently say the journey of musicianship has been the most rewarding undertaking of my life, and it still is. I hope you will let me join you on yours!

Musical Education

I have a BMus (Trombone Performance) and BMusEd from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and am currently working towards a MMus (Orchestral Conducting) at the University of Toronto. In addition to trombone I took private lessons in guitar, theory, and voice while in High School, and have since learned to play and teach most instruments throughout my 9 years of teaching experience both in public, private, individual and group settings. I have performed across Canada as a conductor, instrumentalist, and choral singer, as well as internationally at festivals and concerts in Cuba, Spain, Greece, and the United States. I have taught students of all ages, including adults. Current and past teachers include Prof. Uri Mayer (UofT), Dr. Gillian MacKay (UofT), Charles Gambetta (UNC Greensboro), Kellie Walsh (Shallaway Youth Choir), Jason Caslor (ASU), and Karen Bulmer (MUN).

Awards and Distinctions

Awards and Distinctions include:

Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association Centennial Study Award, 2021

Bo Ying Wat Endowed Scholarship, 2019

Friends of Music Endowed Scholarship, 2019

2nd Place - International Conductors Workshop & Competition, 2017

Bruneau Center for Excellence in Choral Music - Artist Bursary, 2016

Quintessential Vocal Ensemble - Bellamy/Sesk Memorial Bursary, 2015

Shallaway Choral Scholarship, 2015

Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Founders Leadership Award, 2014, 2015

Special Skills and Training

In addition to formal musical training at the Bachelor's and Masters level, Professional Development Experiences include: Associate Conductor, University of Toronto Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, 2021-present Virtual Conductors Retreat at Medomak 2020 International Institute for Conductors “Prelude Academy,” 2018 International Conductors Workshop & Competition, 2017 Voices of Ascension Summer Conducting Academy, 2016 Shallaway Youth Choir Choral Scholarship, 2015 – 2016 Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, 2014 - 2015 Music Mentors International “Cognitive Conductor” Workshop, 2015


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).