“My approach is to challenge students to be their best and be themselves.”
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I create custom lessons for each student based on their level, goals and experience. In the first lesson I like to get to know my students and their interests so I can better teach them. Students may have the opportunity to record songs with me when they advance. My approach is to challenge students to be their best and be themselves. I bring positivity and humor into my studio and encourage students to think creatively. I help students work on songs, technique, warmups, performance, ear training, demo recording, lyric writing and more - in inspiring ways. I’ve played and written a wide variety styles of music - pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, blues, jazz, classical- and can help you do the same. I look forward to learning more about you!
Name: Joanna (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Hons), Business (Hons), and Communications from the University of Waterloo. I also hold post-graduate certificates in Music Business and Business, and am pursuing a Masters in Music. I started studying Voice (Classical, Pop and Jazz) in 2011, primarily with award-winning instructors Charlena Rusel and Micah Barnes, and began teaching Contemporary Voice in 2014.
I have won several songwriting and performing competitions including being the first female to win Battle of the Bands, Waterloo Region in 2017. Some of my original songs have played on radio shows like CBC Radio Canada, JXFM Radio Tokyo, and KVHT Hit XM Las Vegas. I was a top ranking Artist-in-Residence at Artscape Daniel’s Launchpad Toronto, teaching and creating music full-time alongside the best in the industry. In 2020 I was appointed Head Record Producer at Penthouse Studios in downtown Toronto. I was recognized by Spotify in 2019 and 2021 as a top music curator, being well-versed in a vast array of music with a specialty in Popular.
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).
Joanna 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.
Joanna's Studio Location
Joanna 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.