Jack - Teacher #3017

- Saxophone

- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that a kind and nurturing approach is the most effective way to achieve musical brilliance. I do this both in the way that I offer instruction, as well as teaching my students how to be kind to themselves as they develop as musicians. I recognize that each student has different goals and methods in which they learn best, so I tailor my teaching to each student individually so that they can succeed and enjoy the process as much as possible.
Music allows us to tell our stories no matter what they may be, and in my teaching, I strive to give my students the tools they need to express themselves freely, as well as grow not just as musicians, but as people.

Musical Education

I hold a Bachelor of Music with Honours from Mount Allison University and a masters in music performance from the University of Toronto.
I began studying music privately when I was six years old, when my father would drive me to a neighbouring town for piano lessons since there was no one who could offer them where I lived. I continued piano until high school, when I switched my focus to the saxophone. During my time at Mount Allison University, I studied primarily classical music, however I pursued additional instruction and study in jazz, pop and rock styles as well as instrument repair and maintenance.
After I graduated, I moved to Toronto where I received my masters in saxophone performance. During this time I assisted the lower year undergraduate students with supplementary lessons, as well as developed a far greater understanding of musical theory and history.
I have also received coaching and done workshops with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, including jazz saxophonist Phil Dwyer and singer/conductor Barbara Hannigan.
My musical education has been filled with kind and supportive instructors and I hope to be able to carry on that torch.

Awards and Distinctions

I am a four time recipient of the Arts New Brunswick scholarship, and a 2 time recipient of their career development grant. Additionally, I was awarded the J.E.A crake performance award in music for the class of 2020 from Mount Allison University and was a co-winner of the Mount Allison Concerto Competition. I was also awarded the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance Emerging Young Artist Award and the Laetitia-Cyr bursary from Jeunesse Musicales.

Special Skills and Training

During my undergraduate degree, I had the privilege of expanding my knowledge of instruments by learning instrument repair from my teacher. As such, I can not only teach how to play the saxophone but how to maintain complete minor repairs and understand the mechanics that make the instrument work. Additionally, my time with the Equilibrium Young Artist program has given me a strong grasp of sports psychology techniques to help mitigate performance anxiety and ways to improve practice habits and promote a positive mentality when approaching music.


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).