“True joy and fun in music come hand-in-hand with the acquisition of proper technique.”
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Music is an essential element that transcends various disciplines, including math, philosophy, and art. It has been scientifically proven to stimulate brain development, and the violin, in particular, offers unique advantages in this regard. When we move the bow up or down while playing the violin, we engage both sides of the brain simultaneously. The up bow activates the artistic side, fostering creativity, while the down bow emphasizes discipline and calculation. Furthermore, learning the violin can aid in the development of perfect pitch. The instrument's focus on single tones and the significant time spent working on tone production can contribute to the honing of this remarkable ability. While music can undoubtedly bring joy and happiness, I share the belief that true joy and fun in music come hand-in-hand with the acquisition of proper technique. Beginning the violin journey might be challenging, but the hard work and dedication invested in honing one's skills will yield gratifying results in the long run.
Name: Chris (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a master’s degree on music performance from University of Ottawa and bachelor’s degree from Vancouver Academy of Music. I studied both piano and violin from age of three. My mother was a pianist and I was highly trained from early childhood. My violin teacher was very special. He studied with Nathan Milstein and he was a scholar himself throughout his whole life. His approach to the violin technique was exceptional and I learned lot from him. In addition to my musical career, I have been working as an associate member of Ottawa symphony orchestra during and after school years of master program. Also, I worked with lots of musicians for chamber music as well.
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).
Chris 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.