Amanda - BAH Teacher #1723

“Amanda is a passionate music teacher based in Vancouver, offering piano and violin lessons to students from the tender age of 2 to adults. Holding a Master of Music in Piano from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Music in Piano from the University of British Columbia, along with ARCT and ACCM diplomas, Amanda is well-equipped to guide students through their musical journey. She is available for lessons online, in her studio, or in the comfort of your home, covering a wide range of areas. With a teaching philosophy that emphasizes a strong musical foundation, Amanda encourages students to explore music they love, aiming to make every lesson an exciting and fulfilling experience.”
 - Amanda


Whether you have plans of becoming a professional musician or want to learn for fun, I am here to help you achieve your musical goals! I provide my students with a strong musical foundation that allows them to learn music that they are passionate about, and to help them develop a consistent, efficient practice routine that allows for constant musical progress and growth. For complete beginners on the piano, my go-to method book is Faber’s Piano Adventures. This book covers important basic concepts including note recognition, keyboard topography, and aural skills that are paramount for student success. Beginner and young students are also given the opportunity to play many musical games and puzzles during their lessons to develop their creativity, knowledge, and passion for music. If my students leave their lesson feeling excited to go home and practice, then I have done my job! Late beginner to advanced piano and violin students are given the option of going through the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), which has a mainly classical music-oriented curriculum and exam for each level of the program. In preparation for RCM exams, students develop their technique and finger dexterity, and develop a theoretical understanding of music, as well as the ability to express emotions and ideas through musical elements like dynamics, tempo, rubato, shaping, articulation, and phrasing. For those wishing to study popular music genres, lessons will focus on important skills such as chord formation, harmonization, lead sheets, choral music, and improvisation. Students can also learn practical applications to these skills, such as playing music at weddings or special events. Whether your focus is classical or popular music, performing in public is highly encouraged. It is an integral component of student progress, as it can solidify their grasp of their current repertoire and help develop stage presence and confidence. It is also a great opportunity for meeting new friends! Lastly, parental involvement in students’ musical journey is highly recommended; I teach my students in their piano lesson for only 30 to 60 minutes a week, but what matters more is the 6 days at home when the student is practicing, and how they utilize their time. Parents play an important role in encouraging their children, in helping them maintain a consistent and diligent practice schedule, and in celebrating their accomplishments and progress.

Name: Amanda (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 26

Gender: female

Master of Music in Piano from Indiana University Bachelor of Music in Piano from University of British Columbia ARCT Diploma in Piano from Royal Conservatory of Music ACCM Diploma in Violin from Conservatory Canada

Scholarships - NSAL Award (2022), Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship (2021 and 2022) Alberta Foundation for the Arts Scholarship (2020 and 2021) Winspear Fund for Advanced Classical Musicians (2016 to 2020), Ranald & Vera Shean Scholarship (2014 to 2020) Festivals - Mozarteum Summer Academy in 2019 on full tuition scholarship from Johann Strauss Foundation - Orford Musique Festival in Quebec - studied with renowned pianists Andre Laplante and Veda Kaplinsky (2018) - Played piano with Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute of Whistler (2017) Competitions Semi-finalist in Naftzger Young Artists Audition (2022) 3rd place in Canadian Music Competition (2019) 3rd place in BC Bösendorfer Piano Competition (2017) 1st place in Alberta Provincial Music Festival (2015)

I spent the past two years as an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University, teaching beginner to advanced piano to undergraduate students in both private and group lessons. I have also taught piano to younger students (aged 4 and up) at Northgate Music School from 2010 to 2016, and I have also worked at other music schools including Dominelli School of Music and Elite School of Music. My performing experience includes performances at the Vancouver Fairmont Hotel, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, Winspear Centre, Roy Barnett Hall, and the Chan Center for Performing Arts.


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).

Lessons in your home

Amanda is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas

Online lessons

Amanda 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.

Amanda's Studio Location

Amanda offers lessons from her studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.