“Music is not just playing from the score.”
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I firmly believe in music as a language, a unifying force between individuals and within oneself. Learning a new language presents challenges, yet it also offers enjoyment. In my teaching approach, I prioritize building strong foundational skills alongside interactive activities and theory. With a solid base, the door opens to exploring diverse musical genres. Beyond honing essential techniques, I delve into the essence of music. Does it convey emotions? Does it narrate a tale? Music transcends mere notation. In my lessons, we delve into the auditory aspects of music. How can we infuse enjoyment into our playing? How can we perform to ensure the audience grasps the intended message? These are the discussions that form the core of my teaching approach.
Name: Meilin (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I studied music from the age of five. Started with piano and cello. I went to The Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music to study percussion while studying piano, chamber music, orchestral music, and music theory at the same time. I continued the professional music training in my undergraduate study, and just got my Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto. I also took courses and received training in Orff method, which gave me experiences with teaching for children.
My mother is a professional cello player. I watched and studied with her when I was little. My training was primarily at school. I also attend Orff training camps and non-profit music groups. I was also a volunteer at NMC last year and planning to work as a volunteer there this year too.
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
Meilin is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Meilin 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.