Trevor PeverleyABC Academy of Music2019-08-10T11:04:38-04:00

Project Description

B.Mus. (Humber College)

Trevor is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer who performs and teaches in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver, he has been active in the Canadian music scene for ten years.

Trevor completed his Bachelor of Music with honours from Humber College, where he had the chance to study with renowned guitarists Ted Quinlan, Geoff Young, David Occhipinti, and Kim Ratcliffe. During his time at Humber, Trevor was the recipient of the Greg Wells Music Scholarship for music production, the Yamaha Music Scholarship for musicianship, as well as the Peter Harris Memorial Award for guitar.

Trevor’s experience with studio recordings, as well as performing live in a variety of styles has informed the development of his teaching approach, which is relaxed, flexible, fun, and focused. Learning songs and cultivating an organic approach to the instrument are given priority in lessons. He specializes in Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Country, but is open to teaching any style of music. Trevor seeks to encourage the interest of each student by focusing on listening skills, as well as bridging the gap between musical ear and musical performance.

Get to know Trevor…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Reading, Running

Musical influences: Ed Bickert, Joe Henderson, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams

Favourite food: Pizza

Least favourite food: haven’t found one yet

Favourite music: Jazz / Folk

Favourite song: can’t decide!

Favourite movie: Momento

Favouirite movie music: Manhattan

Favourite musical theatre/opera: haven’t found one yet

Best quote from your teacher: “Breathe”

Favourite quote: “Good luck”

Favourite book: The Possessed – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Listening to music that students are excited about and helping them learn to play what they hear

Latest Homework from Trevor

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Homework To Be Completed for June 15

Hi Everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:


Recommended minutes to practice: 10 min/day

What to practice: Stairway To Heaven Solo

How to practice it most effectively: Play the first few phrases with a metronome, try from 30-80 bpm, 4 notes per click.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10 min/day

What to practice: Demons – Pre-Chorus

How to practice it most effectively: Take a look at the new parts we learned today in class, and try playing them together with the parts you already know!

How parents can support practice: Encourage Jack to continue picking up the guitar and taking a look at his lesson materials.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10 min/day

What to practice: Star Wars

How to practice it most effectively: Start with the first few notes of this one, remember that the number is for the fret, and written on the string that you play. Use the same finger number as the fret you’re playing (1 = index, 2 = middle, 3 = ring, 4 = pinky).

How parents can support practice: Encourage Hythem to continue picking up the guitar and taking a look at his lesson materials.


Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min/day

What to practice: #14-16 in Hal Leonard Book

How to practice it most effectively: Use #14 as a reference for which notes are which, and which notes are played where. Go through 15-16 finding the notes at first, and then try adding in the rhythms and playing with a metronome at 60, 70, and 80 bpm.

How parents can support practice: Continue Encouraging Aria to pick up the guitar and take a look at her lesson materials.

Have a good week everyone!


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Preferred Books for Trevor’s Students

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method

Book 1, with CD



The second edition of this world-famous method by Will Schmid and Greg Koch is preferred by teachers because it makes them more effective while making their job easier. Students enjoy its easy-to-follow format that gives them a solid music education while letting them play songs right away. Book 1 provides beginning instruction including tuning, 1st position melody playing, C, G, G7, D7, and Em chords, rhythms through eighth notes, solos and ensembles and strumming.

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method COMPLETE

Volumes 1, 2, and 3 in one book.

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The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and reflects some of the best teaching ideas from around the world. This super-convenient Complete Edition features the new and improved method books 1, 2 and 3 spiral-bound together.

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Modern Harmonic Technique

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The Craft of Lyric Writing

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This successful author and songwriter provides a complete guide to writing words for and to music, showing how to create lyrics with universal appeal, choose a song form, and more.

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Hall Leonard Bass Method - COMPLETE

Includes books 1, 2, and 3, with CDs for each.

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 The critically acclaimed Hal Leonard Electric Bass Method Second Edition in a handy composite edition! Contains 3 books and 3 CDs for Levels 1, 2 and 3.

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