“I believe that music should be approached in a flexible, playful, open-minded, and patient manner with room for imperfections throughout the process.
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The voice is a very intimate and personal instrument. Every person has a unique voice, anatomy, and life story which cannot be replicated by anyone else. As a teacher, I want to help students explore their individual abilities, goals, and areas in which they wish to improve. It is very rewarding to become familiar with your own voice as well as gain the tools and awareness needed to be able to sing independently. I hope that anyone I teach walks away from their lessons with an appreciation for various styles of music and that the skills we develop together can be transferred to different aspects of their life. No matter the age, I believe that music should be approached in a flexible, playful, open-minded, and patient manner with room for imperfections throughout the process.
Name: Marina (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Opera Performace and German. In preparation for my post-secondary studies, I completed all three RCM theory examinations (basic to advanced rudiments) and studied fundamental piano skills with a private teacher.
A few scholarships that I am very grateful to have received during my post-secondary studies include the Mildred Johnson Scholarship in Music, MacInnes - Hallamore Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Lamberton Scholarship in Voice.
I partook in the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival several times during the first few years of studying classical singing. This was when I first experienced being formally "alone" on stage with no one else (aside from my pianist) and got a taste for showcasing my voice in a very vulnerable but rewarding way. In 2016, I was very fortunate to participate in the Amalfi Coast Summer Program on the beautiful southern coastline of Italy. I attended this program with my voice teacher and a handful of her other students where we performed daily public recitals as well as an abridged version of The Marriage of Figaro. I was introduced to many talented singers from around the world and discovered a new appreciation for staging, artistic interpretation, and teamwork. I have also worked as a Foreign Language Assistant in Duisburg, Germany helping students to improve their English skills alongside their main teacher. This was a very valuable experience for me in many ways, as I was immersed within a different culture/environment and had constant exposure to the German language.
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
Marina is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Marina 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.