“ My goal as a vocal instructor is to provide my students with the tools that they need to enhance and grow their instrument. ”
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Singing can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience for some people. It is my absolute joy to help students find their voice and let it emerge. I believe that each person has a unique voice and my passion is to assist my students in discovering their own unique voice and individuality through music. My goal as a vocal instructor is to provide my students with the tools that they need to enhance and grow their instrument. I love to support my students on their musical journey—whether that may be competing in competitions, taking examinations, preparing for post secondary education, prepping for performances, or singing as a hobby. I am here to help you achieve your dreams and goals. I always start each lesson with warm-ups and then we dive into repertoire. Ear training and music theory are core components to each lesson. Learning how to properly use your voice and growing it to its full potential is my focus.
Name: Bianka (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Music and a specialization in vocal performance from Trinity Western University. While attending TWU I had the pleasure of being a chorister in two of their ensembles—chamber choir and chamber singers in which I performed a number of solo selections. I successfully held both my junior and senior recitals, singing a total of nineteen pieces for my senior recital. Both of my recitals incorporated numerous vocal selections sung in Italian, French, German, Latin, and English. I have worked under the leadership of vocal instructors Chad Louwerse and Alison Nystrom. I have also sang with professional choirs such as Arcady and The Kamloops Symphony Choir.
Throughout my undergrad degree I was selected by the music faculty to be the recipient of the top music scholarship in my program. I’ve done a considerable amount of music festivals with the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival, winning in 2010 the Donna Chapin Crystal Rose Bowl and was chosen for provincials in musical theatre in both 2009 and 2010.
I have taken numerous Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in voice, piano, and music theory in which I was awarded with distinction on multiple exams.
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).
Bianka 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.
Bianka 's Studio Location
Bianka 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.