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Tim - Music Teacher # 1966

My favourite moment as a teacher is watching a student realize they can do something they never thought they could.

- Tim

Information about Tim

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that music is a fundamental form of human expression, meaning that everyone expresses themselves musically. The extent of someone's musical ability might just be singing in the shower or dancing along to their favourite song, but these are still expressions of music. People are inherently musical. So anyone can learn to play an instrument, all it takes is knowledge and practice. As an instructor I try to find out what a student really wants to play so that they will look forward to practicing. Furthermore if we can establish what a student is really interested in it will be clear to me what they actually need to know to achieve their goals. My favourite moment as a teacher is watching a student realize they can do something they never thought they could. Whether it's a beginner guitar player taking their first solo, a singer songwriter playing a new chord progression, or a student playing their favourite song for the first time. I also think it's important for me as an instructor to provide the correct environment for each individual and challenge them appropriately. If a student wants a casual atmosphere in which they learn a few of their favourite songs then I will provide that. If a student is trying to pursue a professional career in music, and wants lessons to be challenging then it's important that I supply that as well. All that said I will never be a taskmaster, and I promise to always teach with patience and respect.

General Info

Name: Tim (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 25

Gender: male

BAH Teacher No. : 1966


From 2015-2017 I studied guitar and banjo at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a focus on roots music (bluegrass, folk, oldtime, celtic, etc). I now study at Berklee Online and will be finished my BA in Professional Music in 2020. I have my certificate in RCM grade 2 theory. Notable teachers I have studied under include Banjoist, Fiddler, and American Roots Music expert Bruce Molsky, veteran professional banjoist (and former teacher of Bela Fleck) Tony Trischka, Professional Banjoist and member of hit folk group "Crooked Still" Greg Liszt, and Canadian Blues Guitar legend Rick Fines.

Special Skills & Training

-experience teaching young students (age 6) at the Iqaluit summer camp

-advanced knowledge in pro tools recording software including, recording, mixing, and mastering

-experienced songwriter and arranger with numerous commercial releases

-extensive touring experience including two full tours of the United Kingdom, and two tours of Quebec and Ontario

Awards and Distinctions

-Berklee Achievement Scholarship (2016)

-Stewart Park Festival Songwriters Contest First Prize (2016)



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 Studio

Service Available
- No additional fees for lessons at the teacher's studio.

Lessons in your Home

Service Available
- A charge of $15.00 per teacher visit applies.
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Online Lessons

Service Available
- No additional fees for online lessons.

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Complete an online form and Tim will call you within 24 hours to interview and discuss a lesson time. Remember there are no charges processed if you decide not to book a lesson after speaking on the phone.