“In everything related to music, be it performance or lessons, the core should always be the joy and profound emotional impact that music brings.”
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Music is a vital outlet for my creativity, allowing me to express myself and connect with others. I firmly believe that music has the power to unite people, fostering bonds and deepening our self-awareness and understanding of the world. It's a wonderful avenue for growth and exploring new perspectives. In everything related to music, be it performance or lessons, the core should always be the joy and profound emotional impact that music brings. We create music for our own well-being and enjoyment, enriching the lives of others in the process. To do this effectively, we must respect our own authenticity when making music, a process that encompasses practice, reflection, and personal growth. Respect, both for the music and for each other, is at the heart of musical education. The sheer joy of making music and the freedom to express oneself are fundamental. My teaching philosophy revolves around respecting students, maintaining a safe and inclusive environment where they can freely express themselves. I never impose unnecessary pressure or anxiety, recognizing each student as a unique individual who deserves to find their own voice in a nurturing setting.
Name: Angela (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Master's in Vocal Performance and Literature and an Artist Diploma from Western University and a BFA in Honours Vocal Performance from York University. I have studied voice classically from the age of 11, for 17 years. I studied with a classical Russian teacher for seven years at the Contemporary Conservatory of Music and Arts before continuing post-secondary studies in music at university. Some of my teachers during my university studies have included Brian McIntosh, Stephanie Bogle and Catherine Robbin. I currently sing professionally with the Juno award-winning Ottawa Bach Choir and perform actively as a soloist with various groups in the GTA including Chorus York and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.
I recently won second prize at the Clifford Poole Vocal Competition in December 2019 and got the opportunity to perform with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. I was also a finalist at the Toronto Mozart Competition in January 2020. In December of 2015, I won the York University Concerto Competition and performed with the York University Symphony Orchestra in February of 2016.
I began singing classically at age 11 and have continued my studies for 17 years, through post-secondary education, to the present day. I have had many wonderful teachers throughout my university education and I am also a practitioner of the Alexander Technique. I have studied several languages including French, German and Italian and I am able to coach diction on any of these languages. I have experience teaching English and French to children in other capacities and have a great rapport with kids; always eager to hear their perspectives and what they have to teach me!
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
Angela is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Angela 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.
Angela's Studio Location
Angela 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.