“I help choose appropriate goals so the student can see their progress and be encouraged. ”
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Music is perhaps the most powerful tool for emotively connecting people to each other and their feelings, it is the language of the universe. My life's aspiration has always been to inspire others to find the same release and contentment that I feel from music. I prefer to make the experience feel rewarding, choosing appropriate goals so the student can see their progress and be encouraged. Sometimes when a student doesn't feel they are improving as quickly as they'd like to they begin to lose interest so I find it important to choose practices that engage a student. Often when a younger student insists on playing a song that may be too challenging, I will compose a simplified version so that they can still enjoy hearing the music they perform.
Name: Darcy (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have attended Centennial college where I earned an advanced diploma in music industry arts and performance. I have also reached level 7 in the Royal Conservatory of Music's piano curriculum and completed their theory and harmony courses. While my musical education throughout my youth was primarily focused on western classical. During my time at Centennial College I was privately taught piano by one of the heads of the Toronto Gospel Association as well as a prominent local jazz musician with a specialty in improvisation.
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
Darcy is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Darcy 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.
Darcy's Studio Location
Darcy offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.