“The number one thing for me is to create a fun and positive learning environment for the student. ”
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The number one thing for me is to create a fun and positive learning environment for the student. The way in which I accomplish this is by understanding the goals of each student and what interests them about the piano and music in general. I want to make sure the student is eager to improve and enjoys practicing at home. The students are the ones in charge of the curriculum that we cover. I always encourage the students to pick pieces of music themselves, as long as it fits their skill level, as I want the student to enjoy what they are learning and playing. When it comes to technique I try to introduce concepts that will help them through whatever they are currently working on. I have the same philosophy around introducing music theory as I want the theory to help the student better understand what they are currently working on. In this way the student learns that the technique and theory they are learning is helpful and connected to the music they are playing.
Name: Bennett (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University. During my time at York my main focus was on jazz piano performance with courses in music theory and music history as well. I studied with three different private lesson teachers during my time at York and was involved in various jazz ensembles every year. I have studied piano privately since the age of five and have completed up to my grade 7 in the Royal Conservatory. In addition to also learning classical piano, my teachers provided me the opportunity to learn other styles of music including, pop, blues and rock and roll.
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
Bennett is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Bennett 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.