“Music is supposed to be fun, and I like to give students input during their lessons so they are in control of their learning.”
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I believe that anyone can enjoy music and be successful at it, regardless of any 'natural talent'. Music is a skill that can be nurtured in everyone, and I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn an instrument. This is at the foundation of my teaching, that no matter their skill level when a student starts, with hard work and determination any student can learn to play an instrument. I begin each lesson with music fundamentals, focusing on breathing and posture to ensure a student has a good foundation before moving on to their instrument. A good foundation is the key to early success on an instrument. However, music is supposed to be fun, and I like to give students input during their lessons so they are in control of their learning. Everyone has a different reason for deciding to learn an instrument, and each lesson can be tailored to help students meet their individual learning goals.
Name: Gillian (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I hold a Bachelor of Music specializing in music education from the University of Victoria, including classes in performance on french horn, trumpet, trombone, and euphonium. I am currently pursuing my BEd specializing in music at the University of Alberta. I began my musical journey studying piano from the age of 5, before picking up the french horn in grade 7 band. From then on I developed a keen interest in brass instruments, picking up skills on other instruments along my musical journey. I began teaching privately at the age of 16 and developed a love for it, which was my motivation to study music and education in post-secondary. While I am primarily classically trained, I have also trained in jazz, as well as aural skills and music theory.
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
Gillian is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Gillian 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.