Thomas - Teacher #810

Instruments:
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar
- Ukulele
- Recorder

Services:
- Composition
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I am a musician, composer, and full-time music teacher living in Toronto. I hold a Masters degree in Music Composition from York University.

My thesis project was entitled, "Play! Music for Two Guitars," in which I researched musical practices which encourage a free-flowing way of playing and learning the guitar. My teaching approach is tailored to suit each student's needs and includes improvising, technique, theory, reading and writing music, listening, and composing. I have 8 years of teaching experience including 2 years teaching Jazz Guitar at York University.

I perform regularly as a jazz and improvising guitarist and am passionate about music of all kinds.

Musical Education

Master of Arts, Music Composition
Bachelor of Arts, Music Major

Awards and Distinctions

College of Arts Medal, U of Guelph, 2008
Participant in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, 2008

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).