“I strongly believe that everyone can learn to understand music, no matter their previous experience, and that life is better when you can enjoy music! ”
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I strongly believe that everyone can learn to understand music, no matter their previous experience, and that life is better when you can enjoy music! My job is to help you enjoy music more by creating a low-pressure, stress-free learning environment where we explore the things you are interested in. I love teaching students of all ages and abilities, including young children and adults.
Name: Laura (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from St. Olaf College, and I am currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at McGill University. I will graduate with my Master's in Spring 2024. I have been playing piano and studying privately for nearly twenty years, and singing for my entire life. I sang in children's choirs and then accompanied my high school choir. I've been singing professionally in choirs and at churches since 2018, when I began my college studies. I've sung as a chorister with major orchestras across the USA, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, Symphony San Jose, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. I am classically trained vocally and in piano with several teachers, and I have taken university level courses in music theory, piano literature, choral and voice literature, orchestration and composition, aural training and dictation, counterpoint, and modern music.
I am attending McGill University on a full scholarship, and received scholarships and awards while completing my bachelor's, including the Cassler Music Scholarship, and the Ella Fitzgerald award for jazz singing.
I learned to appreciate and love music from my dad, who played piano and organ at church and with community choirs in my hometown. He taught me how to play piano and be sensitive to other musicians and people around me while making music. I have extensive experience in accompanying, singing, teaching, and conducting my choirs while I pursue my Master's in Montreal. I teach privately with a small studio as well as with my choirs weekly, and sing professionally on the weekends through gigs and church jobs. I also used to sing in a jazz ensemble, and competed in the United States at national competitions for jazz singing and scatting.
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
Laura is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
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.
Laura's Studio Location
Laura 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.