John - Teacher #486

Instruments:
- Guitar

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

"A Dictionary may be technically accurate, but who enjoys reading one?"

This quote sums up my philosophy towards the learning experience. Techincal ability, while essential, is not the end, but merely a means to the end of experiencing the joy and fulfillment that comes from music. Being able to PLAY the guitar, ought to be a rewarding experience for both player and listener (if applicable). To that end, while emphasizing the importance of discipline in practice, I try to emphasize the emotional side of music as well.

Another emphasis of mine, is that I igive my students an illustration of the difference between being able to PLAY the guitar, verses having learned and committed to memory, some riffs of licks or chord progressions. The analogy is that of the difference between learning to read, verses memorization of a sentence or a paragraph. Just because someone has committed a sentence to memory, and can speak it back, does not mean that they have necessarily learned how to read a paragraph properly. My goal is to teach the student how to play the guitar, from A to Z as it were.

Special Skills and Training

I have completed Theory I and II through the RCM, while at Canada Christian College. I have taught at prestigious Music Schools in Durham Region, Pickering and Markham, including the International Music Academy (Markham) and Alexander's Music (Pickering). I have been teaching professionally for the past 12 years

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).