Learning to play the piano is fundamental to every human being. ”
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Learning to play the piano is fundamental to every human being. It not only exposes the beauty of the sounds of music but also develops the musicality of the individuals and their abilities to think on their feet, to train their memory, to be flexible and reflective to the always changeable musical flow and structure, and often to be able to handle sudden shifts from fast speed to sudden stops and vice Versa. One can also learn to feel the power of the silences in a musical piece which are called pauses. Here's what V.A.Mozart says in this regard, " Music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." Engaging equally physically, emotionally and intellectually at the same time is a unique characteristic of only two human activities - playing the piano and conducting an orchestra. This and the combination of being an abstract subject and still quite mathematical is also very beneficial to every individual. I am convinced that playing the piano is one of the best way to find the freedom of self-expression and create confidence in one own ability to achieve their goals in every endeavour they undertake! Although It is challenging, the challenge is entirely positively charged! The satisfaction of it brings joy and lifts our spirits no matter our age of 3 or 83! I feel confident to say that everyone who succeeds in learning the piano will succeed in any other area of their lives. Playing music has been proven to be incredibly therapeutic. This is the most possibly healthiest way to treat Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression, Split Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. For those who would hesitate to start learning to play the piano because they are afraid that they will often make mistakes by hitting the wrong key I will write down a quote by my favourite composer, L.V. Beethoven. Here is what he says: "To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." Last but not least, MUSIC is a high level of vibrational frequencies. To play music, not to just play notes I call SCULPTING THE SOUNDS! Whoever achieves that even with a simple tune, is a MASTER!
Name: Ira (Full name will be provided upon registration)
European Musical Education. I want to share what lead to my studies in music. The credit for my pursuit of a music career belongs to my mother. She has notice the extraordinary musicality I had exhibited in the very first months of my existence. Only as a two-month-old baby, I was bouncing in her hands in the rhythm of whatever music she was listening to. At the age of three, I was singing from morning till night! I have learned more than 100 songs, all of different genres! Practically, I have shown the ability to memorise every musical piece I hear streaming on the radio. On my 5th birthday, my mom bought me a piano as a birthday present. It was glossy ebony and I cried out of joy when I saw it waiting for me in our living room! Since then, the piano has become my best friend! This is how my piano journey began. I started taking private lessons and I kept on doing so until I reached the age at which I could apply for acceptance at Music High School "Lubomir Pipkov", in Sofia City. I graduated from it in 1974 with three specialities: piano, voice and bassoon. I continued my musical education at the State Conservatory of Music and obtained a Bachelor's degree in classical piano and minor in jazz, in June 1979. All of my teachers were using a combination of German (attention to details and technical punctuality) and Russian (attention to tone extraction, phrasing, sound nuances and emotional expressions) methods of teaching. Meanwhile, I showed a keen interest exploring in rock, blues and jazz genres. Along with my classical studies, at the age of the "sweet sixteen", I started to play keyboards and sing in various rock and jazz groups. A curious fact is that I happened to be the first female pianist and keyboardist to play in such bands in Bulgaria back then.
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
Ira is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Ira 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.