“In every lesson my goal is to inspire the student and to guide them towards something that they themselves will discover. ”
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Music has always been such an important part of my life and the driving force behind my lessons is to discover what each student needs and desires out of music. For beginners, my aim is to encourage all sorts of discovery and not to push anyone down one single path. I believe firmly in learning proper technique, however the level and degree of emphasis on technique will vary based on the goals of each student. For those who are very serious about pursuing music, I can provide a very good set of ears and strict guidance towards excellence in performance. No matter the level sought, music must be enjoyed and always inspired. In every lesson my goal is to inspire the student and to guide them towards something that they themselves will discover. It is important to me that anyone, student or not, who comes to me in the musical or personal realm, feels that they have gained something positive from their experience with me. I always look forward to meeting new students and fellow musicians, and to continue on the exciting journeys of my existing students as they grow and help me grow as an educator and performer.
Name: Katie (Full name will be provided upon registration)
2016-2018 - Young Artist in Residence at the Opera de Montreal/ 2015 Masters in Music, University of British Columbia/ 2013 Bachelor of Music, University of British Columbia/ 2010 Diploma in Music, Kwantlen Polytechnic University/ 2008 Grade 10 RCM in piano/ 2001-2009 Langley Ukulele Ensemble
2018 Top 25 Music Alumni, Kwantlen Polytechnic University/ 2015 Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant/ 2014 Second Place, Richard Strauss Anniversary Competition/ 2013 First Place, Canadian National Music Festival
I have been teaching music for the past 13 years. My very first experience was co-directing elementary school-level ukulele ensembles during highschool. This taught me much about differentiated learning, classroom management and the joy of sharing music with student's and mentoring younger musicians. I directed for 4 years and during that time began my very first piano studio in 2008. I soon began to love teaching one-on-one as I was able to focus on each students individual needs and goals. After I finished my Masters degree, I began teaching voice. With the new instrument came new challenges and opportunities for me to grow as a teacher. I have taught in both the greater Vancouver and greater Montreal areas, offering classes in English, Spanish, and French. Languages are a passion of mine, second to music and I love the combination of both in art. I have had the chance to learn from and observe many great educators from a young age - and I continue to do so with any new training I receive. I believe that my approach is organic and based on discovering the needs and interests of each student. No two lessons are the same and I am always ready for surprises and discovery.
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).
Katie 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.