“Music can be a way to form bonds with other people and make new friends.”
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The learning of a musical instrument can, and should, lead to so much more than simply the ability to play the instrument. It can be a way to form bonds with other people and make new friends. It can help to increase your self-confidence, and discover more about who you are and what you are capable of. It can provide the chance to switch off from your other responsibilities, whether that is school, work, family, and take some time to do something simply because you enjoy it. Whatever one's motivations for learning an instrument, it can only serve to broaden our horizons, and anyone considering starting would do best to dive in heads first and see where it leads you. Before beginning my instrumental journey I was not necessarily expecting it to be the primary focus of my life all these years later, and yet now I cannot imagine having not taken this step. In my teaching I strive to provide engaging and fun lessons, which are catered to the needs and wishes of the student. If someone made it clear that they have no interest in playing Classical music, to me that sounds like an opportunity to explore a whole world of music outside of the Classical sphere. I welcome learners of all ages and backgrounds. Now, at the age of 22, and with my degree years not too far behind me, I feel I can be a figure that younger learners can both look up to and relate to. Adult learners should also feel at ease, and expect to be treated with the same support as anyone else.
Name: Billy (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a BA Music with honours from the University of Leeds, UK. From the time I started learning the piano and trumpet around the age of ten, I have gone on to passionately study music. I am well-versed in Classical trumpet, having completed many performance exams. This includes passing Grade 8 with distinction. I have played in many different ensembles from brass bands to big bands. I held the lead trumpet position in the University of Leeds Big Band.
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
Billy is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Billy 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.