“ I firmly believe in a love for music rather than treating playing the piano as a mission or task.”
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My teaching philosophy centres around being patient and encouraging towards my students. I firmly believe in a love for music rather than treating playing the piano as a mission or task. Although I do not have much teaching experience, I understand that students learn at their own pace and have unique strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, I will try my best to tailor my approach to cater to individual needs and learning styles. By creating a supportive and nurturing environment, I aim to inspire my students to develop a genuine passion for music, allowing them to fully enjoy the process of learning and playing the piano.
Name: Devonne (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have earned the following degrees: - Trinity College London - ATCL diploma My musical education began at the age of 7 when I started playing the piano. For a decade, I focused on learning classical music, immersing myself in the works of great composers. However, recently, I decided to expand my repertoire and dive into the world of pop music. In addition to piano, I also learned to play the clarinet from ages 6 to 12. Being part of an orchestra exposed me to various instruments and broadened my knowledge. It all started with my first piano teacher who instilled a deep love for music and taught me how to convey emotions through my playing. She encouraged me to make each piece my own, especially when it came to romantic and 20th-century compositions. Her guidance and inspiration are what motivate me to continue on this musical journey. My second teacher, who trained at London's Royal Academy of Music and holds a master's degree, brought a different perspective to my education. With his expertise in Bach recitals and passion for baroque period music, he set high standards and paid much attention to details. Under his guidance, I have developed a greater appreciation for precision and nuance in my performances.
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
Devonne is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Devonne 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.
Devonne 's Studio Location
Devonne offers lessons from her studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.