Mark - Teacher #3716

- Djembe
- Drumset
- Percussions

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I simply feel that music is to be "played" ! As your teacher I wish you to enjoy playing as much as possible, and it is through "PLAY" that we will fuel our learning of, and passion for, music.

Musical Education

I began playing drums in the 1970's and my family could not afford lessons. So my education largely consisted of what I received in my excellent high school band program. Not only did we learn how to read music, we also learned how simply fabulous it was to "play" .
Since then I have read, and read, and read, and played, and played, and played, through a multitude of technique books to help me execute the sounds I wanted to create with percussion instruments. Whether that be a drum kit, a djembe, the congas, or a washboard.

Special Skills and Training

I have been a performer/clinician for over 35 years. For over 30 of those years I was an accompanist for dance classes at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and at Tulsa Ballet's Centre for Dance Education. I have been in hundreds of classroom as a clinician teaching K-6 students how composers compose, in my workshop called Oh Those Drums! In this clinic we create orchestras made out of junk and then compose and perform music as a group. For over 25 years I have performed across Canada as Mr Mark creating wild and crazy music for families to sing and dance to. As Mr Mark I have played countless music festivals across Canada and worked and composed for several Symphony Orchestras as well. I would love to share all of my experience with you!


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).