The first lesson is always a trial lesson.
If for any reason you are not happy we will fully refund any pending charges or help you find a new teacher. Your choice!
I offer completely personalized lessons tailored to students learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses. I pride myself in how well I know my students. My main goal with my students is for them to achieve their personal best. Most importantly, I want them to love what they do!
Doctor of Musical Arts, Concentration in Clarinet performance (ABD), University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Secondary Music and English, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Master of Music, Concentration in Clarinet Performance, University of Victoria
Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Clarinet Performance, Acadia University
British Columbia Teachers Regulation Branch, Basic Certificate, Current Member
Ontario College of Teachers, Intermediate/Secondary Teacher Certification, Current Member
Victoria, Canada based Clarinetist, Shawn, is an active soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and music educator. He has performed throughout North America and Europe with various orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as delivering solo recitals. Shawn’s repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary and he is dedicated to the creation and performance of Canadian music. Music education is also a passion, having taught numerous clinics, master classes, and maintaining a private studio. In addition to being a performer and pedagogue, Shawn is presently in the final stages of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of British Columbia. Additionally, he received a Master of Music degree from the University of Victoria in 2007. He also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University. Shawn has received several honours for his playing and research in Canadian clarinet music including a British Columbia Arts Council Grant, Canada Council Grant, Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award, and many academic accolades.
Each student should come prepared to the lesson with their lesson materials including: books, clarinet, reeds, as well as a notebook of some kind. I will provide students with students with some materials and will ask them to purchase some books and sheet music.
If you need to cancel a lesson, I ask for 24 hours notice. If I am notified within 24 hours, I will reschedule the lesson. If 24 hours notice is note given you will be charged for the lesson and it will not be rescheduled. That being said, I realize there are often circumstances that are out of our control. I am as flexible and as understanding to this as possible.