“Music and life are inseparable”
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At the heart of my teaching philosophy lies the belief that music and life are inseparable. As a dedicated violin teacher, I am committed to fostering a deep and meaningful connection between my students and the art of playing the violin. Recognizing the diverse backgrounds, ages, skill levels, and musical preferences of my students, I tailor each lesson to create a personalized and enriching experience. My teaching philosophy is centered on the idea that music is not just a skill to be acquired but a lifelong journey of self-discovery and expression. I am dedicated to guiding my students on this journey, tailoring lessons to their unique needs, emphasizing the joy of playing, and incorporating the time-tested principles of the Suzuki method. Together, we will embark on a musical adventure that transcends technical proficiency, nurturing a passion for the violin that will last a lifetime.
Name: James (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I attained the Associate Diploma (Recital in Violin), i.e. ATCL, from Trinity College London. Before this, I was awarded the Certificate of Grade 8 Violin with Distinction from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I started playing the violin at the age of nine. My violin teacher Miss Wong is an alumnus of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The training I underwent was intensive, systematic, and detailed. As a young violin player, I won multiple prizes in solo competitions including the Hong Kong School's Music Festival. I was also active in orchestral performances and competitions in his secondary school and university life. Before coming to Canada, James also taught students of all ages for close to a decade in Hong Kong.
Finally, for your information, I am also a violin teacher in three renowned music schools in Toronto, namely Cosmos School of Music, Arcadia Academy of Music, and Yamaha Music School.
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
James is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
James 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.