Kiersten - BAH Teacher #4223

About Kiersten
Kiersten is an accomplished cello teacher offering lessons online, at her studio in St John's, or at your home. She integrates a technique-focused approach that prioritizes students' physical well-being and comfort. Kiersten holds a Master of Music in Cello performance from McGill University and is currently a PhD candidate in music history. With 15 years of professional experience, she enriches her lessons with both classical and folk music, ensuring a well-rounded musical education.


I believe that anyone can play given the right opportunities and space to learn! I give my students the space to be themselves offering a stress free and happy environment to explore not only their chosen instrument but music making as a whole. I have a background in technique that focuses on the comfort and physical well-being of my students and aim to put that in place from the very beginning! I also believe that exploring music outside of the classical music realm is important for producing well rounded and capable musicians. I therefore offer not only traditional classical methodologies but opportunities to explore historical performance practice as well as folk and traditional music repertoires.

Name: Kiersten (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 30's

Gender: female

I am a current music history PhD Candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. I have a Master of Music from McGill University in Cello performance, specifically historical performance, and a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Western Australia. I have been performing professionally for the past 15 years and have worked with orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles in Montreal, St John's and Australia. I am also a studio musician and my cello tracks have appeared on many contemporary albums. Since living in St John's, Newfoundland, I have become involved in the folk music community and can regularly be found playing cello or Irish flute with several traditional music groups!


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).

Lessons in your home

Kiersten is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas

Online lessons

Kiersten 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.

Kiersten's Studio Location

Kiersten 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.