“Music is collaborative, it's personal, and it's magical!”
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My approach to teaching is student-centred, first and foremost. I strive to create a comfortable and encouraging teaching environment, through trust, communication, and respect. My goal is to empower my students through musical expression, regardless of ability or experience. I approach this through technical study (the "know-how"), mixed with a healthy dose of artistic freedom. I'm here to provide guidance, while leaving room for experimentation!
Name: Andrea (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of British Columbia. My studies focused on opera and art song. I studied piano privately from the age of 5 to 17, and voice from the age of 15. My piano education revolved around RCM examinations, which included sight reading, ear training, and technique. My teacher also emphasized the importance of artistic expression, and I was held to a high standard in this regard. As a singer, I was introduced to classical technique through musical theatre and art song, and later expanded to opera in university. In addition to technical studies, I became familiar with yoga, Feldenkreis, and Alexander technique, all of which taught me the importance of bodily awareness in singing. Throughout my studies, I performed with the UBC Opera Chorus and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as both a chorister and a soloist.
Regional Finalist NATS Artist Awards; Finalist, Vancouver Women's Music Society Bursary Competition
I grew up competing in municipal music festivals, later competing at the provincial level, and I loved listening to, learning from, and performing for my peers. I think festivals are a great opportunity to meet other musicians, get inspired, and share your talents! I've taken part in the Lethbridge Southern Alberta Vocal Experience, the University of British Columbia Vocal Workshop, and the Institut Canadien d'Art Vocal. I've been fortunate to study with many accomplished teachers, including Rosemarie Landry, Judith Forst, and Nancy Hermiston. Masterclasses include Sondra Radvanovsky, Angela Meade, and Joan Dornemann. From RCM, I hold a Grade 9 Piano Certificate, Level 1 Theory, and Level 1 Music History. In addition to my classical career, I have a deep love for jazz, folk, soul, and funk. I enjoy making arrangements and experimenting in my free time. My other performance experience includes plays, musical theatre, and improv comedy.
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
Andrea is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas