“I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Concordia University here in Montreal. Art and music have always been an integral part of my life. ”
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Music is everywhere in our lives, not only in our homes or through our earphones, it is in nature. Music surrounds us, you can hear the rhythm in our daily lives if you listen closely enough. I believe that learning a musical instrument doesn’t only improve a student’s musicality but also teaches responsibility, hand-eye coordination, cooperation, patience, history and punctuality. Growing up, music was such an integral part of my life and left a significant positive impact while connecting me to my peers. After years of teaching, I hope that I can continue to make a similar positive impression on parents and most importantly, students. As a teacher it is important for my students to not only grow and learn but also have fun too. Passion cultivates progress. I have seen how rewarding it can be for students to master a song or a set of scales which is one of the many reasons I love teaching. In my classes we will build a solid song repertoire, study music theory, understand musical history and advance through levels. Each student will have their own notebook detailing what was studied in class and the expectations for practicing outside of class, making practicing just as effective at home as it is in the classroom. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced I welcome you to my class where we will have fun, accomplish your goals and take your skills to new heights.
Name: Claire (Full name will be provided upon registration)
In my classes I aim to create a passion for music in my students which translates to amazing progress. Art and music have always been an integral part of my life. I started playing piano at the age of five which heavily shaped my youth and teenage years. I was classically trained in the Royal Conservatory of Music, doing regular exams, festivals and competitions. I was lucky enough to understand music to such a proficient level that it was easy for me to pick up many different brass and woodwind instruments when entering junior high school. I was invited to play in upper year and high school bands when I was in eighth grade, as well as local orchestras around Southern Ontario. My parents supported me in not only my piano studies with a private teacher but also playing trumpet and French horn in a different band every day of the week. I graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Art and continued teaching and practicing music. Playing musical instruments and the way it connected me to others brought such a positive sense of community in my life, I wish to help others grow their musical abilities as well.
I started playing piano at the age of 5 and quickly started doing private lessons. Being trained classically with the Canada Conservatory Repertoire meant that I regularly did examinations, and festivals. My piano teacher would hold recitals twice a year for her students to showcase their skills. Graduating into middle school opened the doors for my exploration of woodwind and brass instruments. I was one of the few students who could easily read sheet music and had ear training, therefore the music teacher let me learn over seven different instruments before settling on the most challenging; french horn. In middle school and high school I would play in several upper year bands including the junior and senior jazz bands. In high school I was one of two students chosen to play in honour band, a band composed of the top two students from twenty high schools across three counties across Southern Ontario. My parents heavily encouraged my musical practice, they enrolled me in two different orchestras in neighbouring cities as well as Lakefield Music Camp, an intensive summer camp at a private boarding school. In university I started teaching both music and English to children and found my passion helping others. These experiences heavily shaped and enriched my musical abilities which have translated into a positive yet impactful style of teaching.
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
Claire is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Claire 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.