Etelka - BAH Teacher #1028

“My goal is to make the learning process enjoyable and rewarding, while also encouraging self-expression through music.”
 - Etelka


Music is a source of pure joy for me, and I believe it should bring joy to those who learn it too. My approach to teaching is focused on nurturing a whole musician, someone who not only reads notes but truly understands and feels the music they create. With young children, I keep the lessons child-centered, engaging them through their voices, bodies, and playful activities to develop their musical understanding. As students grow, I continue to use age-appropriate activities, incorporating singing and clapping to enhance their musicianship skills. I believe that playing an instrument involves intricate physical movements, so I emphasize proper technique from the very beginning to prevent future frustrations. Regardless of age, whether it's a child, teenager, or adult beginner, I take a friendly and creative approach to developing the correct technique. My goal is to make the learning process enjoyable and rewarding, while also encouraging self-expression through music. In our fast-paced and chaotic world, music serves as a respite, allowing us to escape even temporarily. I find immense fulfillment in teaching students of all ages and supporting them in achieving their musical goals. My teaching style is tailored to each individual's uniqueness and needs, motivating and empowering them on their musical journey.

Name: Etelka (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 40's

Gender: Female

SOAS University of London - Master of Music, Performance Birmingham Conservatoire - Master of Music, Composition Wilfrid Laurier University - Bachelor of Music

I have been fortunate to gain a wide-ranging experience with various teachers and methodologies both in Europe and North America. My training in music theory and solfege through the Kodaly method has been invaluable to my musical journey. My experience extends beyond orchestral and chamber music performance, as I am well-versed in a diverse array of styles. From Classical and Baroque to the vibrant melodies of Cape Breton (Celtic), the soulful tunes of the Middle East, the lively rhythms of Mediterranean/Latino music, and even some elements of Jazz, I find joy in exploring and sharing these musical treasures with others. I also enjoy delving into both free and more structured improvisational styles, adding an element of spontaneity and creativity to my musical expressions. Throughout my musical career, I have actively pursued teacher training courses to enhance my skills as an educator. These include the Colourstrings Level 2A Violin Teacher Training Course in Austria, the Kodaly Workshops at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, as well as other courses like Music Kindergarten with Mark Schneider and Teaching Musicianship at the Piano. Each of these experiences has deepened my passion for teaching and enriched my ability to connect with my students. In 2008, I completed the Colourstrings Forum Violin Teacher Training Course (Level 1) in Helsinki, Finland, and obtained a Diploma in Music Pedagogy from the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. These experiences have not only strengthened my expertise but have also instilled in me a warm and nurturing approach to teaching, which I carry with me in every lesson. My journey as a musician and educator has been incredibly rewarding, and I am eager to continue sharing the beauty of music with my students, inspiring their passion for the art and fostering their growth as confident and expressive musicians.




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).

Online lessons

Etelka 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.

Etelka's Studio Location

Etelka 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.