Vanja - Teacher #47

- Classical Guitar

- Ear Training
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Suzuki

- Croatian
- English
- Serbian
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

By using both, famous historical and contemporary classical guitar methods, enhanced with classical guitar pedagogy, I teach classical guitar beginners and also coach intermediate to advanced level.

Primary goal is that student establishes a solid classical guitar techniques, becomes familiar with note reading including sight-reading skills and with fingerboard harmony. On the another hand, student will also get basic understanding of music theory and develop necessary research aspects of exploring classical guitar. I also teach student to learn how to analyze the pieces and various compositional elements through listening and reading assignments. On top of that, I teach classical guitar history.

Besides teaching classical guitar by traditional methods, I am also teaching kids by Suzuki method.

Musical Education

Our teacher began playing guitar at age seven, and later engaged in serious study under renowned European classical guitar teachers: Kosta Popovic, Maestro Milivoj Praljak and under the guidance of the world-renowned teacher- Mila Rakanovic with our teacher received extensive instruction in the spanish and Italian tradition with a focus on musicality and artistic expression. Later, our teacher graduated from Classic Guitar Music School with the highest score.

Awards and Distinctions

Classical Guitar Teacher accredited by Suzuki Association of the Americas for Comprehensive Guitar All Units

Special Skills and Training

B i o g r a p h y There has always been a connection between medical doctors and music. Both arts, somehow secretly connected with each other. I have to admit, although I am a Medical Doctor, my first love is stil classical guitar and it will always be. Vanja began playing a classical guitar at age seven and later engaged in serious study received the highest honours under the direction of two maestros: Kosta Popovic and Mile Praljak. Later, Vanja graduated Classical Guitar Music School with the highest score. He also performed several concerts in arts studious and on local radio stations.​ Vanja is teaching classical guitar in different segments: physical balance, ease of movement, tone production, note accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, intonation, maintaining steady pulse, playing with appropriate tempo, dynamic variation, appropriate and consistent articulation, creation of motion in melodic line and phrase shaping and consistency with stylistic conventions so that is well deserved to be named classical guitar education​.​  Vanja started teaching classical guitar in 1990 when I was on my 3rd year of Medical Faculty by establishing my first private Classical Guitar School - "Alhambra". "Alhambra" Classical Guitar School was very successful in Bosnia and it brought to the light of the art several classical guitarists. ​ In March 2012 Vanja finished work on Classical Guitar Repertoire I. This is carefully chosen, graded repertoire for classical guitar and it has been organized to present pieces from all major styles periods appropriate for that level of technical development. ​Recently, Vanja also done my two projects: Classical Guitar Repertoire II and Introduction to Contemporary Classical Guitar Music since the guitar's greatest repertoire is cleary that of our time, it is vital that student be introduced to contemporary styles and techniques early and I was guided with a major idea - to approach student contemporary music characteristics: dissonant harmonies that involve small thematic materials, atonality, wide intervals, marked change in sonority, syncopation, non-tertian disonant chord structures, mixted meter, controling long dynamic sequences, textural control, minimalism, sudden step outside of regular structure, a brief glimpse of minimalism etc ​In order to define Classical Guitar Education Program for kids, I attended to "Every Child Can!© (ECC)" course. This is introduction to Dr. Suzuki's philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), Teacher Development Program, April 2012, Ellensburg, WA, USA.​​ November 23, 2013, Suzuki Association of America accepted Vanja for Comprehensive Audition and approved to enroll in Guitar All Units, Nov 23, 2013. Suzuki Association of America reviewed my interpretation of Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9, Fernando Sor​. The criteria and areas that were evaluated by Suzuki Association of America included: physical balance, ease of movement, tone production, note accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, intonation, maintaining steady pulse, playing with appropriate tempo, dynamic variation, appropriate and consistent articulation, creation of motion in melodic line and phrase shaping and consistency with stylistic conventions. January 2014, collaborated with Natasa Vretenar, a very talented painter, Vanja composed music for her "30 Roosters in 30 Days" by using spanish and bosnian folk elements. On June, 2014, Imperial Vancouver venue, performed a humanitarian concert to help flood relief in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. On Sept 2014, Vanja performed Solo Guitar Recital Program in Vancouver, DT. Vanja is also Classical Guitar On-Call Classical Guitar Teacher at two Music Schools in Vancouver, BC: 1. Beetoven at Home 2. Vancouver Music Galery/Capilano Music 3. Aspire Fine Arts February 2015, colaboration with other musicians, repertoire is carefully choosen such as "Histoire du Tango", one of the most famous compositions written for flute and classical guitar by tango composer Ástor Piazzolla. Histoire du Tango attempts to convey the history and evolution of the tango in four movements: Bordello 1900, Café 1930, Nightclub 1960, and Concert d'Aujourd'hui. Piazzolla provided program notes that expand on the individual movements. February 2016, Vanja started in preparing Classical Guitar Advanced Repertoire at Trinity College London - The international exam board for performing arts in order to pursue Classical Guitar Advanced Solo Music Certificate. December 2016, Vanja started analysis on J. S. Bach's anthological Chaconne from the Partita in d minor, BWV 1004 directly from the violin score. Johannes Brahms, in a letter to Clara Schumann described the piece like this: On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.


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).