Jamie - Teacher #861

- Classical Guitar
- Electric Bass
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

While learning music involves discipline and perseverance, my approach to teaching stresses the joy and fun of playing music at very early levels of the learning process. Practicing and learning music should be creative and exciting. Not only does this make music education more gratifying, but it makes it more effective.

I design strategies for each of my students based on their musical tastes, age, level and most importantly what they want to get out of playing music and what aspects of playing music bring them joy. While some students want to learn guitar as a way of channeling their favorite rock/pop songs others feel driven delve into the art of improvisation. Some find song-writing to be a great outlet of inspiration.

Musical Education

Humber College - Jazz Performance Diploma

Awards and Distinctions

I have been awarded Grants from the government in recognition of my efforts as a composer and guitarist. I have toured my own work throughout Canada, Europe and Asia.

Special Skills and Training

Throughout my extensive musical career, I've had the privilege of performing on global stages, showcasing my versatility across various genres like Jazz, rock, blues, reggae, and pop. Notably, I'm also a dedicated composer, creating my own musical compositions. For a deeper look into my musical journey, a simple Google search for "Jamie Ruben Jazz" will provide you with more details. In addition to my performing and composing endeavors, I have a wealth of experience teaching a diverse range of students. This includes individuals of all ages and skill levels, from beginners taking their first steps into music to advanced performers honing their craft. My teaching repertoire encompasses guitar instruction in an array of styles, including rock, pop, funk, jazz, blues, reggae, alternative, and classical. I also provide guidance in composition, songwriting, music theory, and conduct band workshops, both in private sessions and group settings.


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).