Andrew - Teacher #3172

- Flute
- Piano
- Saxophone

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I can't recall a time I wasn't studying music. Whether formally in school, or casually for my own enjoyment - music has become a lifelong endeavor. The deeper our understanding of music, the more profound the enjoyment. Music has never existed in a vacuum - I feel passionately about connecting music to the history and people it was created for and by.

Music is meant to be shared - with an audience and with other musicians. I believe it is vital that what we achieve together in our lessons has a real-world application . I make it a priority to use my experience as a gigging musician to prioritize opportunities for student performance.

Musical Education

I have an honours BA in music from Humber College, where I majored in saxophone.
I have studied classical piano and theory from a young age, and earned my RCM certificates for Grade 8 performance and Grade 2 rudiments. At Humber, I studied under the country's finest woodwind performers like, Mark Promane, Andy Ballantyne , and Pat Labarbera. Under their guidance, I focused primarily on jazz improvisation and developing my technique and sound on the saxophone - skills that have granted me a career as a professional performing/recording musician. I have performed on stages throughout Canada and Europe - playing along Juno-winning artists such as Colin James, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, and BROS.

Awards and Distinctions

2018 Juno nomination Global Music Album of the Year: "La Migra" - The Battle of Santiago [saxophones]
2019 - Juno nomination Blues Album of the Year: "Run To Me" - Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar [saxophone/horn arrangements]
2021 - Juno nomination Blues Album of the Year: "The Reckless One" - Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar [saxophone/piano/horn arrangements]

Special Skills and Training

I have spent the last 10 years working as a professional performing and recording musician. My work has taken me across the world performing with countless artist, ensembles, and bands. These experiences have enriched my musical skills and understanding in a variety of genres from rock, pop, and soul - to jazz, funk, and world folk. I'm lucky to have balanced my performing life with a career in education. Working as a supply teacher for the Toronto District School Board - both in-class and virtually - has kept me adaptable to all kinds of learning environments.


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).