“While the pursuit of learning an instrument requires and aids in the development of discipline and focus, above all, it should bring joy.”
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I vividly remember the first time, around age five, I heard a recording of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. I started dancing with such an uncontrollable joy that I can still feel it today. This joy is the driving factor behind my teaching philosophy. While the pursuit of learning an instrument requires and aids in the development of discipline and focus, above all, it should bring joy. Gone are the days of the angry and withholding music teacher. I start every lesson by listening to something new, together. Sometimes my student picks, sometimes I pick, and we take a moment for exploration and discovery through listening, dancing, discussion, and play. Next, we work through technical exercises and repertoire. We will focus on the classical fundamentals, but all genres are considered, giving special consideration to female and BIPOC composers and creators. My studio is a safe space for all students, including those from traditionally marginalized backgrounds, and LGBTQ+ students.
Name: Elisabeth (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am a classically trained pianist from the United States with over 25 years of training and experience. I began studying piano as a tot around age three and continued through my university years. My teachers were impeccably trained. Their pedigrees included tenure with Ithca College in New York, sessions with Igor and Soulima Stravinsky, and significant contributions to the modern composition landscape. As a soloist and chamber musician, I have extensive knowledge of the standard repertoire and additional experience in musical theatre, cabaret and popular music.
Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition winner, 2005 Detroit Together Men's Chorus Artistic Director's Award, 2018
One of the great joys of my career is the 15+ years I've spent as a collaborative pianist with both vocal and instrumental performers. I've worked with performers of all ages, supporting them through recitals, school competitions, In addition, I was the audition/rehearsal accompanist and pit musician for stage productions of Grey Gardens, Titanic, The Last Five Years, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Legally Blonde at Stagecrafters Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. I also spent over a decade as the piano accompanist for the Detroit Together Men's Chorus. Teaching has been a wonderful and fulfilling part of my journey, working with students of all ages. In addition to teaching privately, I am currently an instructor with the St. Albert Children's Theatre. I've participated and performed in front of live audiences, on television, and as part of theater productions and would love to share my experience and love of music with you!
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
Elisabeth is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Elisabeth 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.
Elisabeth's Studio Location
Elisabeth 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.