“ I work to keep motivation high and to encourage creative practicing habits, in order to maintain interest and engagement.”
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Throughout my musical career, I have taken violin lessons for nineteen years with several teachers from all around the world. This has allowed me to immerse myself in a variety of teaching philosophies that have equipped me with a vast body of knowledge to guide students through the inherent technical and artistic challenges present in the process of learning the violin. Teaching a musical instrument requires an insightful and flexible approach, and my diverse education has prepared me to do that. While I tailor my teaching approach to the individual needs of each student, there are some general elements I maintain with all my students. I, for example, strive to teach my students how to practice their instrument in the most effective and efficient way possible. I would generally deliver a combination of scales, etudes, and pieces to develop their technical and artistic skills in tandem. While I would give specific practice instructions covering how to practice certain technique elements and how often, I would be flexible to each student natural ability and I would adapt accordingly. At all costs, I would avoid to ask them to mindlessly repeat a piece from beginning to end, back and forth (unless the purpose is to run through the piece to check the general state of such a piece). I would work to keep their motivation high and to encourage creative practicing habits, in order to keep their interest and engagement.
Name: Francisco (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have attended the following schools earning the following degrees: - University of Western Ontario - Doctor of Musical Arts - Colorado State University - Master of Music - Universidad Veracruzana - Bachelor of Music
First Prize at London Kiwanis Music Festival. (Chamber Music Award). 2016 Global Opportunity Award by the University of Western Ontario. 2016. Don Wright Graduate Entrance Award. University of Western Ontario. 2014. Full DMA Scholarship at the University of Western Ontario. 2014. Second Prize at National Chamber Music Competition at the Escuela Superior de Musica. Mexico City. 2014. Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honour Society. 2014. Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. 2013. Fulbright Scholarship for pursuing Graduate Studies in the US. 2012. Stern Scholarship by Colorado State University. 2012.
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
Francisco is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Francisco 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.
Francisco's Studio Location
Francisco 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.