“Practice as repetition and consistency will always a better musician make.”
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Music is the universal language with deep, innate roots that transcend all other forms of communication. I believe that a solid understanding of the physicality of sound coupled with traditional theoretical knowledge creates a genuine, sustainable relationship with the voice or instrument and music as a whole. As my students become more familiar and comfortable with their abilities, we delve into the message or intrinsic passion that the piece may require and focus on portraying that message during performance. I encourage my students of all ages and experience levels to practice as repetition and consistency will always a better musician make. Through fun, positive engagement and kind attention to obstacles, students thrive. Lastly, I listen and adapt to my students needs in the moment. I believe we learn so much about ourselves and the world through music, whether we are listening, writing, playing and this is mirrored outwards. By teaching, solidifying my knowledge through repetitious translation and helping others, I gain wisdom and grow as a person.
Name: Jennifer (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Grade 8 Classical Vocal - Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 5 Music History - Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments - Royal Conservatory of Music When I was fourteen I began my live-stage career landing a role in "Alice In The Orchestra" where I played Alice and had the delight to play with multiple Orchestras in Parry Sound for the Festival of Sound and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to name a few. At age 23 I taught myself guitar to allow the music inside of me a vessel to find its way out. I now work as a songwriter developing my solo sound, helping other artists paint their visions and am currently hired by Midas King Records to write for two artists in the UK. Last year I released my first solo record, a landmark of hard work and persistence. I work out of my home studio in Whitby, Ontario where I enjoy learning and recording new instruments such as bass, piano, ukelele, harmonica, kalimba and the hanging drum. I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and the pillars of musical knowledge that have driven my journey: Donna Brindle, Gene DiNovi and my parents.
Here is a list of awards and accomplishments: Richmond Hill Music Festival - Outstanding Achievement in the Vocal Category - 1997 Pickering Rotary Music Festival - Voice Grade 3 List A - First Place - Vocal - 1998 - Voice Grade 3 List B - First Place - Vocal - 1998 - Sacred Solo - Second Place - Vocal - 1998 - Canadian Composers - Third Place - Vocal - 1998 - Traditional Folk - First Place - Vocal - 1998 Davenport Music Festival - Grade Five - Second Place - Vocal - 1998 - Operetta/Broadway - First Place - Vocal - 1998 - Canadian Composers - Second Place - Vocal - 1998 - Sacred Solo *Under age 25* - First Place - Vocal - 1998 Kiwanis - Boy/Girl Solo- Schubert - First Place - Vocal - 1999 - Folk Song with Piano - Second Place - Vocal - 1999 - Musical Voices Broadway 15 & Under - Second Place - Vocal - 1999 RCM - Grade 2 Examination in Rudiments - First Class Honours with Distinction RCM - Grade 2 Examination in Singing - First Class Honours with Distinction RCM - Grade 3 Examination in Singing - First Class Honours RCM - Grade 4 Examination in Singing - First Class Honours RCM - Grade 6 Examination in Singing - First Class Honours RCM - Grade 7 Examination in Singing - First Class Honours RCM - Grade 8 Examination in Singing - First Class Honours Winner of Battle of the Bands with StoneAngel in 2008
~ From the ages of seven until the age of fifteen I competed rigorously through the Ontario circuit accumulating a stock of vocal awards from the Kiwanis, Davenport, Arts Richmond Hill and Pickering Rotary Music Festivals. ~ I was a member of ACTRA from 1995 - 2007, in my first feature film at the age of 5 and have worked alongside names such as Whoopi Goldberg, Geena Davis, Samuel Jackson, Lindsay Lohan and Levar Burton. Working as an actor helped me understand the depths and complexities of human emotion which I translate to my students when I explain that they can simply sing the music or feel the movement of the music and express themselves within the song. ~ I trained and showed horses competitively for many years and although teaching animals is NOT the same as educating students, there are parallels that can be drawn and take away traits that I incorporate when working with a student. Clear delivery of a message is crucial for the best possible outcome to be reached. Patience and persistence are paramount when overcoming hurdles and obstacles. Trust must be in place when encouragement is necessary to reach an achievement previously thought impossible.
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).
Jennifer 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.
Jennifer's Studio Location
Jennifer offers lessons from her studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. address will be released to you if needed.