“Learning music is a wonderful opportunity and being able to teach others about music is a gift. ”
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Learning music is a wonderful opportunity and being able to teach others about music is a gift. Music creates community, learning, and self-expression. My goal in teaching music is to impart those qualities to my students. My hope as a teacher is to pass on to my students the ability to think critically, the ability to play and enjoy music with confidence, and the tools to continue to take music into their future. Beginning to play and understand music starts with a solid foundation and that foundation is my first focus when working on a lesson plan for new students. Students will be guided through the beginner levels of piano playing using a solid foundation of technique, theory and a good practice routine. This foundation will be taught using fun games and exercises the student can practice at home. Using a combination of various piano lesson books such as the Piano Adventures books and the technical requirements from the RCM curriculum, students will receive a balanced weekly lesson plan with exercises that relate to what we worked on in class. As an added skill-building activity, I highly recommend students get involved in choirs. Choirs teach students harmony, listening, sight reading, and community in music. To deliver a solid lesson to my students each week, each lesson is structured in a way that provides exercises in each area of learning with a healthy balance of fun activities sprinkled in. Starting with a review of basic material, then technical exercises that the student can work on at home, a musical piece that will involve that technique to help the student incorporate it into their playing, and a discussion section to answer any questions the student might have and to check in on how the student feels about the lessons. The goal by the time the students have completed their lessons is for them to have a solid understanding of piano music and music theory so that they can continue to further their studies in music confidently on their own. Any opportunity the student wants to take to explore other areas or genres is welcomed as well! From Jazz to Pop to Rock, lessons can cover other technical aspects from other genres as well. Students of any age and musical background can benefit. While I do not focus on a specific age group for teaching, some younger children simply want to play random songs for fun and that is okay too! My teaching experience is set mostly in the 5 to 15 age range, but I will teach all ages. I will accommodate lessons of varying styles, from playing for fun to playing for competitions. As a classically trained musician, my teaching style is rooted in classical technique. I trained mainly in voice and choral music at the college and university level but have also trained in piano in and outside of the classroom. For the last few years, I have been a self-taught pianist following the RCM curriculum in my spare time. The college has given me several outlooks and insights into what makes practice productive and what role learning styles play in the way that I teach while taking myself through the RCM piano curriculum has taught me a structured way of progressing through all of the content piano music has to provide. As well as playing, the piano can also provide an easy way to absorb the theory aspect of music in fun and engaging ways from dancing out a rhythm written on a page, to singing intervals together. Theory can provide another foundational skill that helps students with sight reading and a basic understanding of how the music moves and progresses. Overall, music can provide many life skills in a fun setting. Students will learn problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, communication skills in group settings, how to express oneself in music, advanced motor function, critical thinking and time management. Music enriches the lives of those who chose to involve themselves and others in it. It can help boost confidence, teach self-esteem, and self-expression and give people of all ages something to be proud of in a lifelong journey of learning!
Name: Jordin (Full name will be provided upon registration)
From 2010 to 2014 I studied at Mohawk College in both their Applied Music Preparatory Certificate and Applied Music Advanced Diploma programs. I majored in Classical Voice with instructor Lita Classen focusing on Opera with a little broadway experience in my first year. Vocal training at Mohawk College also included experience singing with accompanists and the Dundas Valley Community Orchestra with whom I also performed a solo piece for their Student Days Concert. In addition to my vocal studies at Mohawk, a piano proficiency equivalent to the Royal Conservatory of Music's Level 2 curriculum was required for graduation. I have since continued with piano as a self-study in my free time and comfortably sight read at Level 3 and play at Level 5. In 2015 I studied music for a year at Brock University majoring again in Classical Voice and Opera with instructor Deborah Linton. In 2016 I studied Audio Production and Engineering at the Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production. This program encompassed many different avenues of the music industry and I gained knowledge in areas such as recording and mixing music, copyright law, sound equipment and gear, and composition within a music program or DAW. Beyond my formal studies in college and university, I am currently enrolled in the RCM's Elementary Level Piano Teacher Course to gain more insight and different points of view on how to deliver a well-rounded and well-informed piano learning experience to my current students.
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).
Jordin 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.