Matt - Teacher #2838

- Composition
- Guitar
- Piano
- Singer-Songwriter
- Viola
- Violin
- Voice

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

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I am a highly experienced musician offering lessons in violin, viola, guitar, keyboard, composition, and music theory for students of all ages and skill levels. My teaching approach is focused on inspiring you by incorporating your favorite songs into the repertoire. From the latest hits to world music, classical, jazz, and folk, you will explore a diverse range of musical styles.

My teaching style is characterized by patience, encouragement, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor. Learning with me will be a fun-filled experience that brings out the best in you! Having taught numerous students over the past 20 years in Perth, Western Australia, and being actively involved in popular bands as a fiddle player and singer, I now look forward to meeting you in Vancouver and supporting you on your musical journey!

Musical Education

With a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Music and English) from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education, my academic background has provided me with a strong foundation in both music and education. These qualifications have equipped me with the knowledge and expertise to effectively teach music and instill a love for the arts in my students. I am passionate about sharing my musical knowledge and helping my students achieve their full potential in music education.

Awards and Distinctions

I was Dux of music and english on leaving high school and was named top student of my graduating music class at university - all in Perth, Western Australia 1979-1984

Special Skills and Training

As a musician and teacher, my strength lies in my diverse experiences, which include working with various age groups, conducting choirs and bands, teaching composition, and performing in different musical settings. I have developed innovative ways to teach concepts like pitch and rhythm, making learning music enjoyable for my students. My goal is to inspire and nurture each student's musical abilities, helping them explore and appreciate the beauty of music in their own unique way.


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).