“Each person is different so no two music lessons should be exactly the same.”
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I believe everyone should be making music in some capacity. There have been various studies that show music is a great tool to improve brain health. Due to this I like to keep lessons both fun and challenging. Music lessons are more than just learning an instrument or how to sing. Music making creates human connection between both the student and the teacher, therefore it is important to have an open safe space for that connection to bloom. I do so by making lessons light hearted while still enforcing the typical teacher-student relationship. Lessons start with a warm-up focusing on physical and mental health. Music can be quite taxing on the body for singers and any type of instrumentalists so it is important we set ourselves up for success by warming up. I follow the same lesson structure for all students at the beginning and as I get to know you better and learn about your goals I start to tweak and personalize it to fit you. Each person is different so no two music lessons should be exactly the same.
Name: Alessia (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have recently graduated from the University of Toronto with my BMus in Music Education where my main instrument was Classical Voice. Throughout my time there I was able to study a range of genres and styles through hybrid Classical and Jazz lessons as well as through different choral opportunities. I was also able to take piano courses to develop upon my piano skills I gained through music lessons prior to University. I have been taking piano lessons since the age of 6 and am currently working towards my RCM level 8. I started voice lessons at 9-years-old and the voice teacher I had is now the head of voice studies for musical theatre at Sheridan College. Alongside my private lesson training I have also been apart of various choirs such as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir where I had several opportunities to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Throughout my four year degree I have taught private vocal, piano and ukulele lessons. I am now ready to expand my studio and bring my knowledge to even more young aspiring musicians.
On all my RCM exams I received high distinction, and in university I was awarded the Helen (Nicholson) Smith Memorial Music Scholarship. This award is presented to a third or fourth year student who has an interest in choral music.
I have grown up having private music lessons at least once a week, and I was very privileged to have that opportunity. I got to work with numerous teachers both beginner and experienced, I learned so much from each and every person that has taught me. I've learned what to do as a student and teacher, but also what not to do. I have spent the past four years studying classical voice at a high level through my university and I am now working towards my RCM ARCT in Voice. The songs I have sung and things I have accomplished are beyond my wildest dreams from when I started the program. My experience has made me ultra passionate about having equal music opportunities for all. In my undergrad my research was focused around equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity. I looked at ways in which our current method for learning music is accounting for the 1% of students and how to rectify this problem. In my third year my research was published in The Recorder which is the academic journal from the Ontario Music Education Association (OMEA).
Rates and Studio Policies
Registration Fee: $25.00 (One-time lifetime registration fee may be used by all family members)
Rates for instruction:
30 minute private lesson: $39.00
45 minute private lesson: $49.00
60 minute private lesson: $59.00
Travel charge: additional $15.00 per visit (for lessons in a client's home as opposed to my studio)
1. Cancellation Policy
Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.
2. Cessation (quitting) Policy
A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.
3. Illness Policy
Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.
BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.
No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.
4. Rescheduling Policy
Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.
Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy
Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.
It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.
5. Evaluation Period
There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).
Alessia can provide online instruction. While other platforms are possible BAH strongly recommends the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform as it is optimized for music lessons and audio quality.