“The foundation of any successful piano education is built on a solid understanding of music theory and reading music notation.”
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I believe that my role as a teacher is to provide my students with the tools, guidance, and inspiration they need to realize their musical goals. My teaching approach is rooted in the understanding that learning the piano is an ongoing process that involves both cognitive and physical skills. Therefore, I aim to create a learning environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking, while also encouraging good practice habits and proper technique. Practice makes habits! I believe that the foundation of any successful piano education is built on a solid understanding of music theory and reading music notation. Therefore, I focus on helping my students develop a strong grasp of these fundamental skills, so they can confidently approach any piece of music they encounter. I believe that effective communication is a critical component of successful teaching. Therefore, I use supportive dialogue with my students, where they feel comfortable asking questions, expressing their concerns, and sharing their musical ideas with me. Finally, I believe that each student is unique, with their own set of strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. Therefore, I tailor my teaching approach to each individual student, to ensure that they are getting the most out of their piano education.
Name: James (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I recently completed my Bachelor of Music degree, where I was honored to receive the Grace Swannell Memorial Scholarship in Piano. Throughout my studies, I had the privilege of working under the guidance of Professor Bruce Vogt, who is the esteemed head of the piano department at the University of Victoria. In addition to my academic achievements, I have also earned the ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) and the LRSM diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (United Kingdom).
Concert pianist and piano teacher with extensive experience in the field. I am proud to have served as a former accompanist for the Vancouver Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
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.