“I hope to make my classes a place of exploration and fun! ”
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As a violin teacher my aim is to support my students in cultivating a love of music, self-discipline, and their own unique creative expression. I place importance on making sure my students feel comfortable enough to take risks in learning while also becoming more and more self-directing; that they become confident in practicing efficiently and effectively. I structure my classes on the RCM curriculum; focusing on music theory, technique, ear training, sight reading, and performance. Above all I hope to make my classes a place of exploration and fun! Each student should leave my class excited by their creative journey as well as proud of what they have accomplished thus far.
Name: Hannah (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I trained privately at Amati String Studio for 15 years with Amy Levinson; finishing my RCM examinations. I currently perform and study Persian violin. My current teacher is Sina Ettehad. Former member and first violinist of the Waseda Symphony Orchestra. I am currently a working musician. I do everything from session work (recording and arranging), performing my own music, as well as teaching violin. I have recorded with Grammy award winning producer Carmen Rizzo (co-founder of Niyaz) as well as other fusion artists such as Kaya Project and Karavan Sarai, and Dominic J Marshall.
Outside of teaching I write and perform for my band, ZAMEEN-A; an experimental, concept-driven project looking to explore the poetic and deeply emotional state of “ecstatic suffering” by combining the sensual and moody expression of the violin as it is juxtaposed with the progressive textures of noise, ambient, and industrial production. My latest album Cry [No More] was presented as a 4DSOUND performance where I was able to spatialize every sound, instrument, and synth in my music to create a highly physical, immersive, omni-directional listening experience that I coin as "sound installations." I believe that my current work as a musician is demonstrative of the diverse avenues one can take by studying classical instruments. Persian violin, which I have studied for the past decade, is the prominent feature of my current work. I actively push the limits of emotionality within the structure of experimentalism and in that sense the Persian violin is a poetic choice set apart from the confines of "classical" or "world" genres. Earlier in my music career I spent a 1.5yrs living in Tokyo and performed with the Waseda Symphony Orchestra where I played first violin. Though I teach classical violin my students know of the other styles of music I write and perform. I hope that as a working musician I can demonstrate to my students that creativity and music is theirs to discover; let classical music be the foundation in which you establish work ethic, technique, and theory but let yourself express beyond what I teach you; play for yourself and take risks.
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).
Hannah 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.
Hannah's Studio Location
Hannah 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.