“Music is the language of communication that spans across generations and experiences.”
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Music is the language of communication that spans across generations and experiences. It bridges the gap between adults and children, the seasoned and the inexperienced. It originates from a profound place within us, conveying emotions and sentiments that words often fail to express. As an educator, I hold a deep appreciation for the music created by my students because it holds significance and meaning. I strive to convey something heartfelt and sincere that inspires and uplifts them in their journey through life. My aim is to nurture hope and encouragement, fostering their passion for music while honing their skills.
Name: Barbara (Full name will be provided upon registration)
My musical journey has been shaped by a strong classical tradition, thanks to my accomplished pianist father and grandmother. Starting piano lessons at age 6, I quickly developed a passion for music. By age 9, I found myself exploring the drums and playing in our family rock band until age 15. My musical pursuits expanded as I delved into RCM voice and piano, completing counterpoint and harmony at a young age. At 21, I discovered the beauty of fiddle music on the violin, and it has remained an integral part of my life ever since. As I progressed in my musical studies, I obtained a diploma in Music Therapy from Capilano University, where I worked with children with Special Needs, adults at Vancouver Mental Health, and Lionsgate Hospital. I continued my academic journey with a BA in Elementary Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier, specializing in voice while also exploring piano accompaniment and Orff Kodaly. My thirst for knowledge led me to pursue a degree in Education from Taber College, where I immersed myself in a diverse range of musical disciplines, from woodwinds and brass to composition and Special Needs courses. I also had the privilege of performing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and participating in opera performances, showcasing my violin skills. Throughout my musical endeavors, singing has been a constant passion. Whether in professional choirs like Tafel Music for Baroque and Renaissance Music or in non-professional university choirs, I have always cherished the power of vocal expression. From jazz to gospel and blues, I embraced a wide range of genres with enthusiasm. As an educator, I have had the joy of guiding students in piano, guitar, drums, voice, and violin in our home. Additionally, I had the privilege of conducting the high school band in Bella Coola, an experience that brought me immense fulfillment.
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
Barbara is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Barbara 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.
Barbara's Studio Location
Barbara 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.