Robert - Teacher #39

Instruments:
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Piano

Services:
- Composition
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I like to allow my students to direct me and let me know what it is they want to learn. It is a much more rewarding way to learn when the student finds out they can actually play many of their favorite songs. I like to find ways to incorporate theory lessons into music that is relevant in the students life. Ie. 1) Most Led Zeppelin songs are built around blues progressions, 2) Bands like Radiohead and Coldplay emulate composers like Wagner and Mozart and Bach 3) Nirvana relates to Jazz improvisation and inside/outside playing techniques. 4.) Many popular songs on the radio follow a I IV V chord progression. When you show a student how music knowledge translates into the music they are close to, they become much more excited about learning the language of music, and that is what I aim for.

Musical Education

Private Instruction with Humber college Jazz guitar graduate Joe Huron in Barrie, ON.
B.A. Queens University, M.A. Athabasca University.
Instructor training received at Whispering Muse School of Music Kingston On.

Awards and Distinctions

Teacher of the month award, Month of April @ Cosmo school of music.
Selected for Queens University compilation LP for the song "Better Off".
Selected for featured song on website www.weeklyindie.com for song "So Long Song".
Selected Top 3 Finalist for Harte Music Songwriting competition for "So Long Song"




Special Skills and Training

As well as playing guitar, I also play piano, bass, mandolin and piano. I enjoy recording with Logic 9, Reason 4 and various other computer based recording interfaces. I am an accomplished songwriter, and I have played countless gigs in Canada, the US and around the world. I have taught at 2 of the biggest music schools in the country, Cosmo School of Music in Richmond Hill, ON, and Deep Cove Music in North Vancouver, BC.

Rates

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

Policies


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).