Vanja - Teacher #47

- Classical Guitar
- Guitar

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

- Croatian
- English
- Serbian

Teaching Philosophy

By blending the rich traditions of famous historical and contemporary classical guitar methods, along with a strong foundation in classical guitar pedagogy, I have the privilege of guiding both aspiring classical guitar beginners and nurturing intermediate to advanced players. My primary objective is to help students forge a sturdy groundwork in classical guitar techniques, fostering their familiarity with note reading, including honing their sight-reading abilities, and nurturing their grasp of fingerboard harmony. Simultaneously, I strive to instill a fundamental understanding of music theory, equipping them with the tools to explore the intricate world of classical guitar. Moreover, I aim to empower students with the ability to analyze musical pieces, unraveling various compositional nuances through thoughtfully curated listening and reading assignments.

Musical Education

- Started guitar playing at age seven
- Studied under renowned European classical guitar teachers: Kosta Popovic, Maestro Milivoj Praljak, and Mila Rakanovic
- Received extensive instruction in the Spanish and Italian guitar tradition with a focus on musicality and artistic expression
- Graduated from Classic Guitar Music School with the highest score
- Pursuing Classical Guitar Advanced Solo Music Certificate from Trinity College London

Awards and Distinctions

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

Special Skills and Training

- Over 20 years of experience teaching classical guitar - My students have 100% success rate in Royal Conservatory of Music exams (both classical guitar and music theory) - Specializes in teaching classical guitar history - Proficient in both traditional and Suzuki methods for teaching classical guitar to kids - Started teaching classical guitar in 1990, established "Alhambra" Classical Guitar School - Completed Classical Guitar Repertoire I and II projects - Introduction to Contemporary Classical Guitar Music project - Completed "Every Child Can!© (ECC)" course to define Classical Guitar Education Program for kids - Accepted for Comprehensive Audition by Suzuki Association of America - Collaborated with a painter to compose music for "30 Roosters in 30 Days" - Performed humanitarian concert for flood relief in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia - Solo Guitar Recital Program in Vancouver - Classical Guitar On-Call Teacher at multiple music schools in Vancouver - Collaboration on "Histoire du Tango" composition - Analyzing J. S. Bach's Chaconne from the Partita in d minor, BWV 1004 from violin score


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).