Jacob - Teacher #4097

- Composition
- Saxophone
- Singer-Songwriter
- Voice

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

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Every person is different, so it stands to reason that the way each person learns would be different too. It is my goal, whether it is teaching saxophone or music theory, is to do so through the lens of the student's interests. Be it through repertoire choices, techniques certain players used, etc, I am committed to tailoring each learning experience to the individual.

Another thing I strive for in my lessons is constructive feedback. Too many times have I found myself in positions where I was getting feedback that tore me down rather than building me up and I believe that being torn down can be counter productive. Focusing on the periodic growth rather than what is lacking is key to creating a safe and welcoming environment that fosters creativity and expression.

Musical Education

I have an B.Mus. in jazz performance and composition from Capilano University, which included small and large ensemble performance classes, jazz improvisation, ear training, theory and counterpoint, music history (jazz and classical), and ethnomusicology and Music of African diaspora.
I studied both saxophone at public school starting at the age of 10 and started studying privately at age 19. My teachers were both trained in classical and jazz saxophone at various esteemed institutions including (but not limited to) McGill, University of North Texas, University of Toronto, and Capilano University. I trained vocally with a classically trained teacher at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and was in their Chamber Choir in both my freshman and sophomore year. I also trained privately with a vocal teacher at Capilano University in my 4th year of my undergraduate degree, with a focus on vocal stamina and intonation. I have been in and have ran several bands over the past 10 years in both Toronto and Vancouver covering a variety of genres including jazz, blues, blues rock, indie, alt-rock, funk, r&b, and soul.

Awards and Distinctions

Received the Sketchley Music Award in 2018 at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. Graduated from Capilano University with Distinction.

Special Skills and Training

I have proficiency using industry-standard notation software such as Sibelius. I am also certified in HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development since 2017.


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).