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Coaching sessions

In addition to my regular teaching I've recently made some time available to offer coaching sessions via Skype.

Coaching is for people who aren't looking for regular lessons but would like to pick my brains and get help and feedback on a specific subject. For example - you're preparing a concert program and would like to get my thoughts and suggestions on the music.

Whether you already have a teacher or haven't had one for a long time, getting a trusted second set of ears and eyes to give you feedback is always valuable.

If you're interested, please email me at Let me know specifically what you would like to work on during the coaching session - I look forward to hearing from you!


At the moment I've set aside time on Mondays for coaching. Afternoons and evenings (Pacific time zone).


$70 CND for one hour
$103 CND for 90 minutes
$130 CND for two hours

(Due to extra prep time required on my part this is slightly more than I charge for recurring lessons.)

Cancellation policy:

36 hour notice required

Due to the limited amount of coaching time I have available, I charge $70 for any cancellation made with less than 3 days (36 hours) notice.

Using Skype

I recommend using a laptop or desktop. An external webcam can help ensure the best video quality as well as ease of position. An external USB mic is an excellent addition as well. I currently use a C920 Logitech webcam and a Yeti Blue Mic.

Try and setup your screen and webcam approximately where your music stand might go (you may have to lower or move your music stand forward, etc.)

Here's a picture of my current setup:

I highly recommend using headphones/ear buds on your left ear rather than speakers.

Also, note that the current Skype "app" gives you less control over settings than if you get the full "classic version" (On Windows, select "get classic Skype" on the drop down menu).

In order to make sure that our time during a coaching session is spent on the music and not on trouble-shooting I highly recommend that you test out your Skype setup with a friend prior to our coaching session to ensure that everything is working smoothly.

Payment: I use Paypal for payment - I'll send you a Paypal invoice which you'll be able to pay with any major credit card or with a Paypal account. (Note that for Skype lessons within Canada I prefer to use etransfers instead).