“ Nourishing my student's interest for the cello and motivating them through reaching their goals on their own cello journey is very rewarding for me.”
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My cello teaching philosophy is all about finding the perfect balance between posture and inner musicality. I truly believe that no matter the level of playing, beginner to advanced, it is crucial to focus on those physical blockages and tension points that prevent us from fully expressing ourselves at the instrument. Nourishing my student's interest for the cello and motivating them through reaching their goals on their own cello journey is very rewarding for me, no matter how far they want to go with the instrument or how advanced they currently are with their musical knowledge.
Name: Lou (Full name will be provided upon registration)
University of Calgary - Master of Music Université de Montréal - Bachelor of Music
Ken Taylor Fellowship (Schmeelk Scholarship award) 2016-2017 SSHRC Master’s Scholarship 2016-2017 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship 2015 Stephanson Cooke Scholarship 2014-2016 First place in chamber music at the Concours du Royaume 2013
I had the privilege to participate in masterclasses with Phillip Muller, Stefan Kropfitsch, Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Colin Carr, Andres Diaz and many other renowned cellists. I also furthered my knowledge in baroque music under Mireille Lagacé’s guidance and in contemporary music with Véronique Lacroix. I am a co-founding member of the Quatuor Appache, first place in the Concours de Musique du Royaume in 2013, and co-founding member of the latin-pop inspired Duo Cὸrdoba and was a member of the professional ensemble I Cellisti for two years.
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).
Lou 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.
Lou's Studio Location
Lou offers lessons from his studio. Please note that map locations are based on the postal code of the teachers studio. After booking an interview the full address will be released to you if needed.