“The values I've imbibed infuse passion into every performance, lesson, and coaching I provide. ”
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The values I've imbibed infuse passion into every performance, lesson, and coaching I provide. I'm a firm believer that the right teacher can help anyone unlock their highest musical potential. I customize my lessons to cater to each student's individual needs and preferences, aiding them in attaining their distinct goals. Whether it's mastering jazz techniques or preparing for RCM exams, I bring flexibility and a broad range of style knowledge to the table.
Name: Brian (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am a Western alumnus with a BA in musical arts, a diploma in piano performance, and a masters in collaborative piano. I have studied under the tutelage of various renowned pianists and bring that experience to every student I work with. My post-graduate studies include a fellowship with the prestigious chamber ensemble, Magisterra Soloists and I am a co-founder and director of the NPO opera organization, Can of Soup Collective. I am currently an intern-coach and pianist at the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio.
I have been fortunate enough to have been nominated for Classical Musician of the year at the 2021 London Music Awards. I have also been a finalist in a Kiwanis Rose Bowl as well as a collaborative pianist to winners of the Kiwanis National and Provincial competitions. Last summer, I won admission to the Orford 2021 Summer Music Program as well as a scholarship.
As an Asian-Canadian, it was expected that I would enroll into post-secondary studies in a math or science related field. Achieving my ARCT in piano and winning Kiwanis competitions were seen as a hobby more than a step towards a career. I still remember hiding my acceptance letter for a BA of Music. Since then, I promised myself, if I were to pursue music, I would bring my absolute best to every musical experience. Almost a decade later, these values instill passion in every performance, lesson, and coaching I give.
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
Brian is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Brian 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.