“Music can be such a powerful tool for expression and my goal is to give students a voice through music!”
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The most important job of a music teacher is to create a safe and respectful space to learn. Lessons can bring on a lot of anxiety for students. It could be because they're unfamiliar with the instrument, notation, musical terms in general, or they're anxious their instructor will be disappointed in their progress. Each student is unique and will not grow and progress at the same speed. Because of this, every student needs a unique approach to their lessons. I believe in structuring lessons around what the student is interested in, while still ingraining the importance of building technique and doing exercises that may not be so fun. Students deserve to pick the genres they are interested in, the pieces or songs they want to play, and work towards the sound they want to achieve. Music can be such a powerful tool for expression and my goal is to give students a voice through music!
Name: Ireland (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am currently enrolled in the BMus program at Laurier for classical guitar, specializing in performance. I began learning guitar at the the age of 12. I was interested in fingerstyle, indie music, R&B, etc. At the age of 16 I began studying classical guitar and have loved it ever since! I have taken private guitar lessons with various teachers for 4 years. I have also taken music theory lessons, ear training lessons, and composition lessons. I have taken part in masterclasses with world-class musicians like Iliana Matos, Drew Henderson, and Steve Cowan and Adam Cicchillitti. I plan to continue my education after my undergraduate and continue getting better at guitar!
Throughout high school I experimented with several genres of music and joined several ensembles like concert band, school rock bands, show choir, and R&B band. While immersing myself in more contemporary genres at school, I was learning classical guitar on the side. I feel that being part of such diverse ensembles and taking the time to study different genres has made me a well-rounded musician with an appreciation for every genre.
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).
Ireland 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.