Gabriella - BAH Teacher #2727

“Music is a wonderful way to communicate and share with others about pretty much anything. ”
 - Gabriella


Playing an instrument has been the most powerful tool I learned in which I can fully express myself as a person. I’m eternally grateful for all the teachers who have shared their knowledge with me and helped me be the musician I am today! Music is a wonderful way to communicate and share with others about pretty much anything. It also gives us the opportunity to do fun things like travel the world and meet extraordinary people and places. So I believe that my role as a teacher is to show my students that music can, and should be fun! Learning an instrument can open doors to so many different opportunities in life that other people might never experience. Music will always be there for you!

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

Age: 30's

Gender: female

I started playing the cello at the age of 13, at the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in Brazil. Since I was young, I always enjoyed singing and dancing so my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to start learning music properly. And that is how I started my path as a cellist! Back in Brazil, I started my training with the Russian cellist Alexander Shityakov, former principal cellist of the Moscow Philharmonic orchestra. All his teachings greatly helped me build a strong technique and musicality, consequently I earned full scholarships to study in the United States. In 2013, I started my undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. During this time I had the opportunity to learn from world-class musicians and have close contact to Jazz music (New Orleans style) and Blues. In 2017, my life as a musician completely changed when I moved to Los Angeles-California to start a master’s degree in cello performance. I studied under the guidance of the Polish cellist Marek Szpakiewicz, and I’m very grateful for all his teachings about cello and life. Living in Southern California also gave me incredible opportunities, since I played in great orchestras and learned so much about commercial music in Hollywood. In 2021, I moved to Winnipeg, Canada to start a 2nd degree in music performance. Currently, I am a master’s student at the University of Manitoba, studying under the guidance of Dr. Minna Chung.

I really enjoy playing in orchestra, but is in teaching that I can truly experience the joy of being a cellist. I have traveled across South America teaching masterclasses for young cellists, and playing chamber music recitals with my piano and cello duo. I was a faculty member at the Guaranda music festival in Ecuador and Festival internacional de Música in Brazil. Currently, I have a private online studio, and my students are from different countries such as Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.




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

Gabriella 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.