“Confidence in your art is cultivated through a combination of love, consistency, strong support from both parents and teachers, and a solid foundation in music education.”
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Confidence in your art is cultivated through a combination of love, consistency, strong support from both parents and teachers, and a solid foundation in music education. In my teaching approach, I prioritize harmonizing all these elements in a delicate balance. Your input and ideas are always welcome, and I aim to foster your creativity above all else. Many of my students have embraced their creative spirit and composed their own songs, solo piano pieces, and even cinematic music, showcasing their talents at local festivals. In my class, I am committed to developing your skills comprehensively, whether it's refining your technique, honing your musicianship, improving your ear training and sight-reading abilities, or deepening your theoretical understanding. Each aspect is taught with care and tailored to your unique aspirations. While participation in Royal Conservatory of Music exams, local festivals, and recitals is encouraged, the choice remains entirely yours. It brings me joy to see that most of my students willingly take on these opportunities and excel in their exams, festivals, and recitals. As a piano and theory teacher, my ultimate goal is to inspire and mentor you, giving utmost attention to your individual objectives. Together, we will build your confidence and instill a lifelong love for music and the arts. Your musical journey is important to me, and I am dedicated to guiding you towards success and fulfillment.
Name: Dessy (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I take great pride in holding the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music Teacher certification, which covers a broad range of subjects, including Piano (Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced) and Theory (Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced – Harmony and History). Furthermore, I completed a comprehensive five-year Piano Pedagogy Diploma at the esteemed National School of Fine Art, Music, and Dance "Dobrin Petkov" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Throughout my musical journey, I have been fortunate to be guided by exceptional teachers, and I maintain close connections with them to this day. Among the inspiring mentors who have influenced me are Prof. Dimo Dimov and Prof. Ninowska Fernandez-Brito, both accomplished piano teachers and performers. My passion for music led me on a transformative four-year study of piano and theoretical subjects at the Escuela Nacional de Musica de la Havana, Cuba. Immersed in the rich musical heritage and artistic culture of Cuba, I discovered the enchanting works of renowned Cuban composers like Ernesto Lecuona, Alejandro Garcia Caturla, and Enrique Guerrero, which I enjoyed playing with great delight. In my classes, I am thrilled to offer my students a diverse musical experience. They not only have the chance to explore the captivating compositions of these Cuban masters but can also delve into the realms of pop, jazz, movie, and game themes that resonate with their personal preferences. My ultimate goal is to create a warm and inviting learning environment where each student can joyfully express their musical talents and embark on a fulfilling musical journey.
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).
Dessy 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.