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 very experienced musician who teaches violin, viola, guitar, keyboard, composition and music theory to beginners and beyond of all ages.
I will inspire you by teaching repertoire that you love – often by arranging your favourite songs. You will not only learn to play the latest hits but also become familiar with world music, classical, jazz, folk etc.
I am patient, encouraging, enthusiastic and good-humoured. My fun filled approach will surely bring out the best in you!
I have just moved to Vancouver from Perth Western Australia where I taught hundreds of students over the past 20 years. I also played fiddle and sang in a number of popular bands. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you on your musical journey!

Musical Education

I have a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Gaduate Diploma of Education (Music and English) from the Western Australian College of Advanced 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

My strength as a musician and teacher is the variety of contexts in which i have "plied my trade'. I have worked for community colleges, primary and high schools, conucted choirs, bands and orchestras, taught individual and small group instrumental lessons, taught composition and song writing, and played and sung in orchestras and folk/pop-rock bands. Over the years I have also developed unique ways of helping students understand musical concepts like pitch and rhythm!


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).