“ I believe that studying music is fundamental to a persons development. ”
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Whether for mere enjoyment, therapy or to pursue a career in the arts, I believe that studying music is fundamental to a persons development. Covering skills and qualities such as discipline, perseverance, creativity and collaborating with others, learning to play an instrument has numerous benefits. I believe that it is never too late to start learning an instrument. It is also important for the student to truly desire to learn the instrument for themselves and to find it a rewarding experience, therefore my main goal is having uplifting yet productive lessons.
Name: Heather (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Since the age of four I have been blessed with the opportunity to study music. I started my classical studies with piano for four years, then flute for four years, until I started learning the cello when I was fifteen, and instantly fell in love with the beautiful instrument. I have gone through the Royal Conservatory exams, but due to a flare up in arthritis, was unable to perform for my grade 8 exam. My cello teacher, Peter Cosbey ( a member of The Annex String Quartet) was classically trained and would also play for the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. I am in my last year of University, and completed a year of musical education at the Royal Conservatory through their Chamber music, Theory and History programs.
I was homeschooled growing up and my education greatly revolved around music and art appreciation. Over the last two years I have worked with my twin sister, a Harpist, playing for weddings and events through Chantal Dube http://chantaldube.com/strings/ I had the opportunity to travel with the Jubilance Singers and Orchestra In Armenia in 2015, and recorded CDs with them. I was also able to perform with KYGO in the VELD Music Festival in Toronto in the summer of 2019.
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).
Heather 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.
Heather's Studio Location
Heather offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. After booking an interview the full address will be released to you if needed.