Tim’s Teaching Philosophy

Tim March 16-2013

This is a sample of my Jazz Saxophone repertoire that I perform for Weddings and Seniors Concerts:

PHILOSOPHY “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”   ~C.S. Lewis

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”  ~Jesse Owens

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My philosophy is to create an environment in which students are free to express their emotions through their playing. I value each student as an individual, and work patiently to guide each student to fulfill his/her potential. I expect students to work hard, but find that encouragement goes a long way to help students realize their dreams.


I teach piano in the Aurora and Newmarket area from beginning up to Grade 8 Royal Conservatory level. For young beginning students (ages 4 and up) I use a variety of methods, such as Alfred, Music for Little Mozarts, Piano Adventures and Celebrate Piano. Then I encourage students to learn the Royal Conservatory Method when they are prepared for this next step in their progress. I prepare students for Royal Conservatory examinations when the student and parent are ready to commit to this program.  This is an internationally recognized program of music study, which is quite highly regarded around the world.

I also encourage students of all ages to learn popular songs at an appropriate level of difficulty.

My saxophone program is geared for all ages as well. I recommend students start saxophone at age 10 and higher, but it depends on several physical factors, including whether the student can reach all the keys. I teach jazz, classical and popular saxophone, depending on the student’s interests. I also prepare saxophone students for University auditions and Royal Conservatory examinations. I teach improvisation in jazz and blues as well.

I also offer ukulele lessons to beginner students of all ages.  I teach students to play the notes (fingerpicking) as well as strumming chords.  I use some fun method books, as well as teach popular songs of the student’s choice.  On the ukulele, students can learn their favourite songs in a short time.  Of course, like any instrument, in order to play more advanced songs it will take more time, but it is definitely worth the effort!


Lesson structure depends greatly on the student’s age and interest, but a sample lesson might start with sight reading (sight rhythm and sight melody), ear training (clapback rhythm and playback melody) and identifying intervals. Then I would review the student’s homework from last week. I will ask the student how their practicing went, and if there are any questions. I will ask which piece they want to begin with, especially if there’s a piece they can’t wait to play! Then I will teach part of another song or songs, depending on the level. Scales and technique would either be at the beginning or end of the lesson, depending on how long we spend on sight and ear at the beginning of the lesson. I enjoy playing duets with students, especially if we can record a student and teacher duet in the lesson!

EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Bachelor of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario;  Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University;   Attend Royal Conservatory of Music workshops

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