“ I can confidently express there has been nothing more fulfilling than sharing my love of music with others.”
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With over 10 years of experience teaching music to students of different ages and various backgrounds, I can confidently express there has been nothing more fulfilling than sharing my love of music with others. Whether teaching music at community centres, playing piano for seniors at local retirement residences, or singing at national and international festivals, music has been a part of my life since the early age of 3. As an aspiring music therapist, I have the passion and dedication to make music education and services accessible to everyone. My experience working with various children and teenager populations inspires me to develop and adapt lessons that support individual and different learning styles. My teaching focuses on the importance of appreciating and enjoying music. I understand the significance of exploring the wonders that music can offer and appreciating music through various genres and styles. Whether examinations and competitions are of interest, the goal for my students is to enjoy discovering and creating music.
Name: Melissa (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I started learning piano at age 3 and completed my RCM ARCT Performers Diploma in 2016. I am currently studying at Wilfrid Laurier University to obtain my Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. I studied piano from Anya Alexeyev, a renowned pianist, performer, and professor. RELEVANT MUSIC EXPERIENCE: • Studied concert and jazz alto saxophone for nearly 10 years. Past lead alto saxophonist in public school concert and jazz bands • Studied violin with Tatyana Kravsun, following the Suzuki method and completing RCM examinations • Self-taught guitar and ukulele, studying more in-depth during university • Sang with the Richmond Youth Honour Choir for several years. Performed at various events, including the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Richmond Children's Festival. Collaborated with organizations such as the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Peace Choir
Anne Brownjohn Memorial Undergraduate Award in Music Therapy • The University of Toronto National Book Award • District Authority Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts • Kronier Family Scholarship • RSS Award for Excellence in Music
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
Melissa is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Melissa 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.