“I recognize the duality of two essential aspects in music learning, as articulated by Pepe Romero - the "Craftsman" and the "Artist."
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I am a firm believer that every student is unique, and their individuality calls for a tailored approach that aligns with their personality and interests. Embracing this philosophy, I recognize the duality of two essential aspects in music learning, as articulated by Pepe Romero - the "Craftsman" and the "Artist." As a music educator, my aim is to help my students strike a harmonious balance between these two aspects. On one side, we have the "Craftsman," where we focus on technical proficiency, honing skills, and mastering the fundamentals of music. On the other side, we have the "Artist," where we delve into creative expression, exploring emotions, and tapping into the depths of musical interpretation. By integrating both the "Craftsman" and the "Artist" aspects in our lessons, we can foster an enriching musical experience for the student. I aspire to create a supportive and nurturing environment where students can comfortably navigate both sides simultaneously while having fun along the way.
Name: James (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Since the tender age of six, my journey in music education began, and I can still vividly recall those Tuesday mornings when my mother would take me to the Vancouver Academy of Music for my piano lessons. This early exposure sparked a lifelong passion for music that has guided me through various stages of my educational journey, including my time at Capilano University and my dedication to the Royal Conservatory of Music. My thirst for knowledge and growth in music knows no bounds. I am constantly seeking new information and techniques, drawing inspiration from various sources and musical traditions. To me, learning is a never-ending adventure, and I embrace every opportunity to expand my understanding and enrich my musical expertise.
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).
James 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.
James 's Studio Location
James offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.