“My main motivation in lessons is to find joy in creating music together and to fulfill your long and short-term flute goals.”
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I welcome any student with a keen interest in flute playing who is motivated to learn and willing to make a commitment to themselves. My main motivation in lessons is to find joy in creating music together and to fulfill your long and short-term flute goals. I can help you prepare for auditions, RCM exams, ensemble music, and overall help your playing rise up to the next level. My goal as a teacher is to ensure that you leave each lesson having learned something new and to help guide you on your way to becoming an independent flute player. I look forward to meeting you!
Name: Caroleen (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Music has been a part of my entire life and I can’t imagine my life without it. I started piano when I was four and started flute in middle school when I was eleven. When it was time to decide what to study at university, music was my first choice, without question. I graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON with top marks where I specialized in flute performance and music theory. Throughout my undergrad I also completed my Grade 10 Exam in Flute Performance and my ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Throughout my fluting career I have studied with Leslie Newman, David Gerry, and Sara Traficante in Canada and Helen Whitaker and Daniel Shao in England. My ensemble experience includes being in the University of Leicester Orchestra (England), the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the McMaster University Chamber Orchestra, the Dundas Valley Orchestra for four years, the National Youth Band of Canada, and Symphony Burlington, as well as being in numerous chamber music ensembles For piano, I have studied under Shoshana Telner, Cecile Desrosier, and Lois Simmons. I have also accompanied singers and instrumentalists.
For my undergraduate degree I was on the Dean's Honour List for all four years. Additionally, I have been granted the: Dean’s Medal for Excellence in Humanities Scholarship, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; the Undergraduate Student Research Award, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; The Joan Frances Bowling Scholarship, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, The University (Senate) Scholarship, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; The McMaster Honour Award, Level 2, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; The Joan Frances Bowling Entrance Scholarship, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; The Entrance Scholarship, Orford Arts Centre, Orford, Québec, Canada; The Glenn Mallory Student Scholarship, Dundas Valley Orchestra, Dundas, Ontario; and The Canada Young Artist Scholarship, Dundas Valley Orchestra, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.
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).
Caroleen 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.