“Guiding others on their musical journey brings me immense joy, recognizing the profound impact it can have on personal growth and the broader human connection.”
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I believe music goes beyond being a mere subject; it is a profound expression of human emotion and creativity. Music has the ability to convey feelings that words alone often struggle to express, acting as a universal language that brings people together and fosters unity and understanding. Apart from its cultural and social impact, music plays a crucial role in individual development. Learning to play an instrument or participating in musical activities enhances cognitive skills, instills discipline, and nurtures patience. Furthermore, the emotional outlet that music provides can be therapeutic, offering solace and inspiration in both joyful and challenging times. In essence, music is an integral part of the human experience, enriching our lives well beyond the notes on a page or the melody in the air. As a music teacher, guiding others on their musical journey brings me immense joy, recognizing the profound impact it can have on personal growth and the broader human connection.
Name: Xiaochen (Full name will be provided upon registration)
University of Arizona-Doctor of Musical Arts University of Arizona-Master of Music Chinese Conservatory of Music-Bachelor of Music
World Classical Music Competition, C-1 level Gold Prize, 2023 American International Music, L level Third Prize, 2023 Beethoven Young Musician Competition, Professional level Third Prize, 2023 2nd place in the String Solo Competition, Tucson, AZ 2019
From my first encounter with the violin during a music class in kindergarten, I found myself captivated by this instrument. It was in that moment of serendipity that my love for the violin blossomed, setting me on the path of music. The opportunity to explore this enchanting instrument not only ignited a passion within me but also marked the beginning of my musical journey. As I embraced the violin, each stroke of the bow and every delicate pluck of the strings became a form of expression. The resonance of the instrument seemed to echo with my own emotions, creating a unique connection that went beyond the mere act of playing. It was through this musical exploration that I discovered the profound language of notes and melodies, allowing me to communicate emotions in a way words never could. During my time studying at UA, I encountered a mentor who would profoundly shape my life – Prof. Hongmei Xiao. Recognizing my potential in the viola, she suggested that I embark on a journey to study this instrument with her. This marked a turning point in my musical career, unveiling a more vibrant and diverse spectrum within the realm of music that extended beyond the familiar territory of the violin. Under Hongmei Xiao's guidance, my musical endeavors took on a new depth and richness. Exploring the intricacies of the viola introduced me to a world of nuanced tones and expressive possibilities, allowing me to discover beauty in a different musical landscape. Her mentorship not only honed my skills but also broadened my musical horizons, fostering a deeper appreciation for the diverse voices that each instrument brings to the ensemble. As I delved into the realm of the viola, my musical journey became a tapestry of experiences that transcended the boundaries of a single instrument. I realized that the beauty of music lies not only in the instrument itself but in the endless possibilities of expression and connection it offers. Thanks to Hongmei Xiao's guidance, my musical narrative unfolded into a more captivating and enriched storyline, proving that sometimes a change in perspective can open doors to unexplored musical wonders.
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
Xiaochen is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Xiaochen 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.