Alessandro - Teacher #3587

- Djembe
- Drumset

- Composition
- Jazz Improvation
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Rudiments

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

My method focuses on providing students the tools necessary to forge their own musical path and develop their own unique interests on their instrument. I like to help students discover and dive deep into music they are passionate about. I believe it is important for students to work on things that interest them first and foremost in order for them to develop a good relationships with their instrument. Any technical exercises I teach to students serve to help them develop a facility in learning and playing on their own.

Musical Education

I have a BFA with a specialization in Jazz studies from Concordia University in Montreal and a Masters of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. During my time at the University of Michigan I received a graduate certificate from the Centre for World Performance studies for researching South Indian rhythms on the kanjira (a small frame drum similar to a tambourine often used in Carnatic Music.) Before my time in university
I spent a great deal of time studying African, Cuban, and Brazilian percussion alongside my drumset studies.

Special Skills and Training

I have a lot of experience with world percussion outside of the drumset. I was encouraged by many of my teachers to develop skills and understanding of African/Latin percussion and spent a couple years studying South Indian rhythm under percussion master Ganesh Kumar. With Ganesh I had the opportunity to perform as an assistant clinician at the 2023 Percussive Arts Society International Convention for his workshop on Carnatic rhythm. I also have experience performing with improvised music groups and as an accompanist for theatrical performance which helped me develop an approach to creating textures and soundscapes on my instrument in addition to common musical language.


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).