“ I take a student-first approach and keep an open line of communication with both my student and their family to learn how to best work together to provide fun, engaging lessons.
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I believe music is inherent to everyone, I have never met someone who hasn't had a single connection to music whether it's through playing an instrument or an appreciation of sound. I follow a student first approach in my teaching, focusing on the experience of learning being a joyful one! I find hands-on learning to be the most important, and in my lessons try to incorporate a variety of musical skills as well as developing an appreciation for individual talents and preferences in music. This also includes wellness skills such as stretching, warmups, and self-care. Learning a new instrument can sometimes be a stressful experience both physically and mentally if special care isn't taken to listen to our bodies while we learn. From the youngest musicians starting out their musical journey to older students looking to develop their sound I am constantly listening to what my students expect from their lessons and hope to provide quality and fun skill development.
Name: Brenna (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have studied both trumpet and piano, and a variety of musical skills from the age of ten both in public school and private lesson settings and am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Manitoba. During the summer I take part in music training for 6-9 weeks in different locations across Canada (mainly British Columbia and Halifax). I also have an extensive background in early childhood education and child development focused on ages 13 and under. This has included hands on teaching experience in classroom and private lesson settings, as well as research and theoretical learning about different approaches to teaching.
DFOM Entrance Scholarship -Based on entrance audition into the University of Manitoba School of Music
As a student myself, I have had the opportunity to observe many different styles of teaching such as Suzuki, Orff, RCM, and more. I like to incorporate parts of these philosophies and instructional techniques in my lessons depending on the needs of the student. I also have extensive experience in childcare and early childhood educational centres which has given me a great appreciation and understanding for learning through play. After all, being able to play is the most important to learning an instrument! Over the years I've also worked with many special needs students, both on the ASD spectrum as well as ADHD or other learning differences. I have a lot of experience responding to different levels of comprehension, accessibility requirements and modifications, as well as behavioural modifications within my teaching. As always I take a student-first approach and keep an open line of communication with both my student and their family to learn how to best work together to provide fun, engaging lessons.
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
Brenna is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Brenna 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.
Brenna's Studio Location
Brenna 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.