“I cater my lessons to my students' wants and needs wherever possible.”
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Music is a great source of joy in my life, and I aim to translate that to my students by giving them agency in our lessons, transmitting healthy practice techniques which will motivate them to improve and help them to do so in a sustainable way. I aim to create a safe environment in my lessons so that students can come to me with any concerns they may have, and we can learn together how to move past them. I have taught privately for a year and a half, and I cater my lessons to my students' wants and needs wherever possible.
Name: Gemma (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I studied the saxophone in France for ten years before moving to the UK to study under Christian Forshaw at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, pursuing a BMus in Classical Performance. I recently transferred from Guildhall to the Schulich School of Music to continue this degree, studying under Marie-Chantal Leclair. I have played the piano for eight years, whilst at Guildhall I took additional classes in order to be able to teach and play along with my students, and I am taking similar classes here.
I have been playing saxophone for 14 years, and piano for 9, and throughout this time I have seen how many teachers transmit their knowledge to students. I have taken pedagogy classes at McGill which touch on how to connect with people at all levels and turn any lesson into a positive learning experience, and I have worked very closely with pianists and other saxophonists in chamber music performance, which have enriched me as a teacher, as working with other musicians is also a teaching experience!
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
Gemma is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Gemma 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.