I believe that everyone has their own personal method of learning that works best for them. ”
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I believe that everyone has their own personal method of learning that works best for them. This is why I believe some people find it easier to learn certain subjects or have specific teachers/professors. As a teacher, I strive to find this personal method of teaching and bring out a potential of learning in students that they did not realize they had. I always make sure that I wear my heart on my sleeves and create an environment that is comfortable for the students to be open and honest with me as I am with them. This definitely allows us to both find which method of learning and teaching that works for the students.
Name: Andrew (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Growing up, I learned clarinet and piano through the RCM system. By the end of my RCM career, I achieved ARCT in clarinet and Grade 10 in piano. I have received a Bachelor of Music specializing in Music Education from the University of Toronto. In the program, I took every opportunity to learn all about different styles of music, different teaching methods and different instruments all together. I took the ensemble courses of African Drumming and Dancing, Klezmer, Steel Pan, teaching method courses of Dalcroze Eurythmics, Choral Conducting, Jazz Education, and instrument courses of flute, oboe, bassoon, cello, violin, trumpet, percussion, and french horn. In my ensemble courses, I also regularly played the bass clarinet as well as the contra-bass clarinet I thoroughly enjoyed every course and am always looking to learn more about more musical styles, teaching methods and proficiencies in musical instruments. All throughout university, I have also been a part of musical performances such as Cabaret and Beauty and The Beast. Having the knowledge of all of these instruments and musical styles allowed me to excel and help bring everything together.
In high school, I received the Top Choir Student award. I have also achieved RCM ARCT in Clarinet as well as Grade 10 in piano both with a First Class Honours. In my teaching career, one of my students achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in her RCM Grade 7 exam.
I was raised learning all different kinds of teaching methods. Through the RCM system, my private and public music teachers in school approached music with a combined method approach. My schools introduced me to Kodaly, Orff and rote methods which created a base of solfege and body-music awareness. My private piano and clarinet teachers preferred to teach based off the Suzuki method and sent me to many recitals and competitions to prepare for RCM examinations. Throughout university, I found that I was able to refine it further and grasp a full understanding behind the practice and application behind each teaching method. I have used them all when teaching and am very confident in demonstrating these practices for my students. I found that because I grew up with such a diverse learning background, I am able to see many different perspectives to music that many of my peers were unable to.
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
Andrew is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Andrew 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.
Andrew's Studio Location
Andrew 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.