Steven - Teacher #3694

- Saxophone

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- Mandarin

Teaching Philosophy

Growing up learning and enjoying music, I believe that music is a fundamental skill that anybody should possess. Not only does partaking in music grant you deeper enjoyment of the world around you, it is as integral as learning a new language. My lessons put great emphasis on the understanding of music as a whole, rather than simply focusing on the notes on the page.

Enjoyment of the music played is essential to a healthy learning environment, as intrinsic interest in the pieces means you're willing to put that much more effort into practicing and learning.

To me, music is a lifelong hobby and the skills you learn will take you far. And I will make sure that the time you spend learning with me will be delightful and fulfilling.

Musical Education

I have a BA in Saxophone Performance from New York University, which includes performance requirements in classical music as well as music theory and history.
I began studying piano at the age of 6 and saxophone at the age of 11. Throughout this time, I underwent rigorous training with esteemed North American performers such as Paul Cohen and Julia Nolan, who is a professor at UBC and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Awards and Distinctions

Canadian Music Competition 1st Place
Multiple Kiwanis Music Competitions 1st Place
Top Score in ARCT RCM Saxophone

Special Skills and Training

Having started studying music at a young age, I have attained DipLCM in piano performance and the top score with RCM with my ARCT in saxophone throughout high school. I also went on to perform with top bands across North America such as the Canadian National Youth Band and Boston University Tanglewood Wind Ensemble. These experiences allow me to teach my lessons through different approaches. I am also a music producer in my free time, having made tracks that have been used in popular fashion commercials. With my experience, I bring to the table a very modern look on a sometimes antiquated subject.


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).