Monik - Teacher #4121

- Clarinet
- Saxophone

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

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music has been a part of my life since I was a small child and I don't believe that anyone can live without it. Music is all around us if we listen. How we connect with music is as unique as we are as human beings and finding the connection and finding the joy that it brings is a central aspect to music lessons. My teaching is student-focused and follows the routine of warm-ups, technique and creative expression. Within those areas there is almost unlimited ways to connect with the instrument and I look forward to helping you find your unique voice and approach.

Musical Education

I have a Masters Degree in music from McGill University and my main area of study was saxophone and composition in the jazz idiom. During my bachelor studies at UBC I studied and performed classical saxophone. Thus my range of experience is quite broad, but my main area of expertise is in the field of jazz. My saxophone teachers include Dave Branter, Remi Bolduc, Mike Allen, Jane Ira Bloom, and John Handy.

As an ensemble musician most of my experience has been in Jazz Orchestras and Big Bands. I have played in ensembles led by Ian MacDougall, Alan Matheson and Rob McConnell and led the Victoria Jazz Orchestra for several years and performed in the Vancouver Jazz Orchestra.


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).