“Music is a universal language that should be enjoyed by all!”
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Music is at the core of my being. From a young age I created, sang and played, and music has given me the opportunity to make many friends and travel to many different places around the world. Learning to play an instrument encourages discipline, independence, advanced motor skills, team work, listening skills and builds connections in the brain that are beneficial for all other subjects and learning activities. My lessons include body warm-ups, technique exercises and musical games in addition to a wide range of repertoire and musical styles. It is important for students to explore and experience a wide variety of music and to play pieces that they love and connect with. I work hard to support my students to reach their full potential and to become well-rounded musicians. However, the most fundamental parts of music making are fun and enjoyment! Mistakes are important (they help us to grow into better musicians!) and achievements should be celebrated. I treat my students as individuals and honour and respect their individual learning styles. Music is a universal language that should be enjoyed by all!
Name: Laura (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Masters degree in Music and Related Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. I studied flute from the age of 8 to 23 formally, however I consider myself a lifelong learner! My teachers in London included Paul Edmund-Davies (Royal Academy of Music) and Anna Noakes (Trinity College of Music) and I have performed in many different styles with many different ensembles. From classical works with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, to touring with the alternative rock/chamber pop group The Irrepressibles, and now currently performing with Vancouver based roots reggae band Rebel Republic, I enjoy exploring and performing in a multitude of different styles and genres.
I feel very grateful for the musical experiences and opportunities I have had which have helped me grow as a musician and a music teacher. I have had the joy of facilitating early childhood music sessions (including Orff and Kodaly syllabus'), whole classroom instrumental music lessons, classroom curriculum music lessons, small group and one-to-one instrumental lessons. I was selected to work with the London Early Years Music Network project and received mentoring and extended training working in Early Years settings and providing music sessions and workshops. I also have experience planning and facilitating interdisciplinary arts workshops. I obtained my DipABRSM in flute aged 17 and have attended and performed at various performance masterclasses in London. I have toured with bands in Europe and Canada and have worked with visual artists and singers. I also currently sing in two Vancouver bands in addition to recording my own EP, a process that has really expanded my creative horizons and allowed me to work collaboratively with other musicians in a different musical genre.
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).
Laura 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.