Teaching Studio Information
Below are some answers to questions I get about my teaching practice.
How many students do you have?
I currently see over 40 students at least once every other week.
Are you accepting new students?
Generally, yes. Practically, I have very little availability left so it will depend on your flexibility. Send me a message if you are interested in lessons - at the beginning of a term I fill my schedule with students willing to sign up for a term's worth of lessons. Throughout the year I will occasionally have openings from cancellations, or dedicated one-off teaching days. I also can recommend other teachers if you have specific needs that I can't meet.
Can we communicate further about specifics?
Yes - I try my best to respond to all e-mails as quickly as I can. Often I do this very late at night. E-mail is the best way to correspond with me as I often have my phone set on silent throughout the day.
What does a typical lesson involve?
I feel like a good music teacher is a cross between a physician and a physical trainer - they provide you with things you can do to improve or fix problems while actively working with you in lessons to suggest things you may not have noticed on your own. My specific specialties are in teaching playing by ear and improvising. Along with traditional piano lessons, I also coach vocalists and other instrumentalists in jazz and commercial music. To me, the best lessons seem to fly by because we are playing music for most of the lesson.
What are your teaching credentials?
I am currently a member of Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association, as well as the Jazz Educators Network. I have been teaching in conjunction with the Carleton University music program as adjunct faculty since 2004. I also hold degrees in jazz piano performance from Carleton University (B.Mus., 2004) and the New England Conservatory (M.M., 2010). Besides private teaching I have given workshops at schools and programs across Canada, the United States, and Germany.
How much are lessons?
As of September 1, 2019 my rate is $61/hr for a single lesson.
Where do you teach?
I teach two days a week at Alcorn Music Studios (953 Gladstone Ave.) and three days a week at my home studio in South Centrepointe (a ten minute walk from the Knoxdale/Woodroffe bus stop).
Would you come to my house to teach me?
Unfortunately, I don't have room in my schedule for another location at this time.
What about Skype or correspondence lessons?
I find I work best with people when we are side by side at two pianos, I haven't found the right setup to offer the same value in other types of lessons.
Do you have a waiting list?
I currently have a short list of people looking for either the occasional lesson or waiting for a regular spot to open up. Email me if you would like to be on this list. If you join my regular mailing list as well you can find out about various workshops and performances I do throughout the year.
Thanks for your interest!