David - Teacher #2843

- Classical Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I believe a musical background improves one’s performance in all aspects of life. My teaching tends to encourage curiosity and experimentation, as I believe that creativity and enjoyment are the most important elements in cultivating a lifelong passion for music.

Musical Education

I have a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Vancouver Island University, where I also studied classical theory and composition.

I’ve been playing guitar for 24 years, originally taking lessons from a classically-trained teacher who had also made a living as a rock ‘n’ roll musician in Liverpool in the 1960s. My teacher instilled in me the importance of exploring a diversity of styles while honing my skills on guitar and bass.

Awards and Distinctions

Dean’s List, VIU 2021;

President’s Continuing Scholarship Award, VIU 2019

Special Skills and Training

I love playing music of all genres. In my 20s I toured with a punk rock band, while also writing and recording fingerstyle pieces for nylon guitar. I then went on to study and perform jazz music of different styles, emphasizing improvisation. I continue to play rock and metal and folk music. As a teacher I feel my diverse background lends me a sensitivity to my students’ interests and musical ambitions.


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).