Geronimo - Teacher #792

- Oboe

- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

More than teaching "just" oboe, I always look forward to making music in my classes...!!!

After many years of experience in teaching, I have learned that every student is unique. In class, I work on improving the weakness while reinforcing the strengths of each student, and I design practicing routines and choose appropriate repertoire individually. We will work on building up technique, developing good control with attention to tone quality. Most important of all, I focus on the musicianship development of each student.

Musical Education

University of British Columbia - MMus

Awards and Distinctions

Winner of multiple orchestral auditions throughout his career

Recipient of the BC Arts Council Award (2013)

Recipient of the National Arts Council of Mexico Grant (2011)
Recipient of the National Arts Council of Mexico Grant (2010)
Recipient of the National Art Council of Mexico Project Grant (2008)

Graduated with Honor. Ollin Yoliztli School of Music (Mexico, 2004)

Awarded First Prize of National Chamber Music Competition of Mexico (National School of Music, Mexico 2004)

Awarded Third Prize on the Ollin Yoliztli Concerto Competition (Mexico, 2001)

Special Skills and Training

Our teacher, Vancouver based Mexican Oboist Geronimo Mendoza, has collaborated with many professional orchestras in Mexico and Canada including the Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Opera and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. For the 2013-2015 season, Mr. Mendoza will be participating with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, New Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Phenix Choir, Nu:BC collective, as well as many other symphonic and chamber ensembles around BC, Canada. As a former member of the Mexico City Philharmonic, he has worked with renown artists and conductors and has been on tours around Europe and Asia. He has attended international music festivals and master classes, working with world-celebrated artist such as John Mack, Ray Still, Alex Klein, Louis Pellerin, Isaac Durate, Ingo Goritzki, Christoph Lindemann, Charles Chip Hamann and Emanuel Abbuhl. He is a three-time grant recipient of the Mexico Arts Council (FONCA) and also has been awarded by the BC Arts Council. He is currently a member of the Vancouver Island and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestras while pursuing his studies in Oboe at the University of British Columbia.


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).