George - Music Teacher # 2142
I have always found it easy to build a conversation with anyone from any age group, walk of life, etc. about what music they like, why they like it, how they could play with that kind of music themselves.
Information about George
I have never met a single person who could honestly say "I don't like music". And as such I have always found it easy to build a conversation with anyone from any age group, walk of life, etc. about what music they like, why they like it, how they could play with that kind of music themselves, and how they could build a personal relationship with music so they can either perform for others or do one of the seemingly infinite "backstage jobs" involved in making music.
Though I have a lot of experience playing other instruments (including the voice) and I encourage experimentation as a multi-instrumentalist to all my students; I am most "fluent" on the flute or without any instrument in my hands as a composer. I like to think of my pupils not as flute students, but rather as "flute-based musicians" or in the cases of some of my non flute-playing music students simply "musicians".
This non-specific approach allows me to have the afformentioned conversations with my students and develop a personalized lesson plan for all of them that is always flexible and ever-evolving.
All of my teaching whether online or in-person has resulted in some of the most amazing moments in my young life such as when I have
-gotten to see a student perform in public without stage fright for the first time
-had a student tell me they learned a new song without me assigning it as homework
or what is honestly most frequent and often most profound
-discovered that a student has an unnusualy exceptional talent for ___.
Sometimes it's "remembering songs" or "mental math" (there can sometimes be a lot of this in music).
But no matter what talent or experience any new student brings (even when they think it's none at all!) I'm always excited to get them excited about exploring how learning about music can enrich their lives.
Name: George (Full name will be provided upon registration)
BAH Teacher No. : 2142
As a child I learned about music from my older siblings who both went on to work in the field professionally. I then did a standard 6 year education through the public school system which was supplemented by experiences with regional extra-curricular ensembles such as the OCDSB Senior All Star Band. I began studying the flute privately at age 14 and also continued learning and performing with extracurricular ensembles such as the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and the OYOA Senior Winds.
I completed a double major in Composition & Flute Performance at the University of Toronto in 2018 (graduation pending completion of two non-music elective courses) and in my five years as a student in Toronto I had countless incredible experiences learning from incredible musicians from all around the world.
I now continue my education independently by delving deeper into the topics I love and exploring new musical worlds all the time.
Special Skills & Training
I have put the majority of my conscious engergy towards enjoying, learning , & teaching music for the past 13 years. In that time I have worked professionally as a musical theatre, choir, flute, composition, theory, history, jazz, improvisation, ear-training, & appreciation teacher. I have also worked professionally as a performer in many unique capacities on my main instrument the flute as well as many other supplemental instrument skills I have such as voice, piano, ukulele, & saxophone.
Aside from the above noted work I've done, I have also been lucky enough to study with world-renowned classical and jazz musicians from around the world through masterclasses and music festivals.
I have quite a few formal RCM certifications from before my post-secondary studies and since university I have been able to teach all RCM levels in Flute, Composition, & Supplemntal Subjects effectively.
I have a very wide skill set that all simply revolves around my love of creating and performing music and then being able to teach these skills to others.
Awards and Distinctions
School Choir award - 2005
School Music Award - 2007
Chosen to play solos in The Netherlands, Belgium & France with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra - 2012
5 Gold Medals at Kiwanis Music Festival - 2012-2013
Scholarships from the University of Toronto - 2013-2018
Rates and Policies
Rates and Studio Policies
Registration Fee: $25.00 (One-time lifetime registration fee may be used by all family members)
Rates for instruction:
30 minute private lesson: $39.00
45 minute private lesson: $49.00
60 minute private lesson: $59.00
Travel charge: additional $15.00 per visit (for lessons in a client's home as opposed to my studio)
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).
Lessons in StudioService Available
- No additional fees for lessons at the teacher's studio.
Lessons in your HomeService Available
- A charge of $15.00 per teacher visit applies.
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Online LessonsService Available
- No additional fees for online lessons.