Jason - Teacher #3797

- Classical Guitar
- Composition
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Piano
- Ukulele

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Harmony
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is my ultimate passion and I believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience playing an instrument. The benefits to brain development, discipline and joy it brings I believe priceless. This belief has led me to volunteer for the last two decades to bring music to those who are not in a financial position to do so with the Pro-Kids organization and also work with the Canadian Cancer Society to bring music to those who need a lift and joy in their lives while fighting a terrible illness.

I treat every student on an individual basis and do not just use the same books, examples and source material for everyone. I tailor a lesson plan on a case by case basis depending on what your needs and goals are and what you’re wanting to accomplish. Whether it’s a beginner looking to start their musical journey… an intermediate player looking to expand their knowledge or pick up the instrument again.., an advanced player looking to expand their theory knowledge study composition or become a professional performer…or a classical musician looking to earn their RCM certificates. Whatever your needs are I have you covered. I’m fluent in every style and I will incorporate examples of songs/bands/singers etc. that you the student are familiar with into the lessons so you will be able to play your favorite songs right away and will enjoy your practicing. I have an impeccable retention rate on students some having been with me for over 15-20yrs and counting. Many of my students have gone on to teach themselves and have become professional performers in their own right. I have over 20yrs experience teaching and have taught many students ages 5-85. I’m always available to help my students even after the lesson is over so you will not need to wait until the next lesson to have your questions answered. I’m always here to help in any way that I can.

Musical Education

I began my music study with guitar beginning my lessons at the age of 12. I started working as a session musician at 14 in the top recording studio in my town for the next several years. During that time I worked along side and learned from some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Randy Bachman, Corey Hart, Ronnie Hawkins, Kim Mitchell, Alanna Myles and others. During these sessions I was required to perform new music by sight reading and to compose music parts such as solos or progressions on the spot. The highest level of playing was expected at every session. At 15 I started performing concerts in bands and by 16 was a touring musician opening for major acts such as Nazareth,,Blue Oyster Cult, Ratt, Randy Bachman, Vince Neil among many others . I took a break from touring to attend Lakehead University majoring in classical guitar in the HBMus program. I also studied Piano,Vocal,Theory,Conducting and Composition. While in university we were required to perform regular concerts in all areas of study and also perform regularly with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra where I was a member of the choir in a production of Carmina Burana.

After university I was offered a contract by several agencies in L.A. I accepted an offer and moved to Hollywood. While there I worked as a session musician and touring musician playing for Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Jessie J, ,Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and others. I also formed my band and began playing local clubs such as The Whiskey A Go Go, The Troubador, The Viper Room amd The Cat Club performing my original compositions . I returned to touring and was the opening act for many major artists in the industry such as Metallica, GNR,,Van Halen, Motley Crue, System Of A Down, Aerosmith, Green Day, Foo Fighters, AC/DC and many others.

Special Skills and Training

I studied and completed all RCM levels of classical guitar while studying in university.


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).