Michelle - BAH Teacher #1719

“Michelle, a dedicated music teacher with Beethoven at Home, offers online and in-studio lessons in Langley for harp and piano to students from age 6 to adults. With over 25 years of teaching experience, she integrates ABRSM Grade 8 (RCM Grade 10 equivalency) standards into her lessons and is currently pursuing her diploma with Trinity College, London. Michelle's teaching philosophy emphasizes the joy of music, using innovative techniques to make lessons fun and engaging. She encourages creativity, expression, and a comprehensive understanding of music, aiming to develop versatile musicians who love and understand music deeply. Her services are available online and in her studio, providing a flexible and convenient learning environment.”
 - Michelle


Michelle's lessons provides parents and kids the solution to boring music lessons by using fun and innovative techniques that transform children into musicians who love music and leave parents feeling proud. There’s never any pressure to practice, compete, or perform. Only pressure to PLAY and have FUN! Each and every week, all of our students walk out of their lesson with a grin on their face from how much they loved learning their instrument. So no more tears, no more sad, and no more exhaustion from begging your kids to even go to their lessons! Learning the harp is not just about playing the right notes at the right time; it's also about expressing feelings, creativity, and sharing stories through music. My goal is to develop in each student a comprehensive understanding of music that allows them to play the harp with enjoyment and musicality. During our lessons, we have fun, playing games, boom cards, engaging in fun activities, composing, and learning the music they want to play. My students can expect to learn: proper technique, efficient practice methods, sight-reading, music theory, versatility in different music styles, composing and arranging music, improving interpersonal skills, and gaining confidence in performance, and above all, having fun! I am the solution to those boring music lessons you probably hated growing up!

Name: Michelle (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 50's

Gender: female

I have ABRSM Harp 8 (RCM 10 equivalency). I am currently working on my diploma with Trinity College, London. I have completed 3 years of the music program at Trinity Western University in the areas of music and education. I have also studied piano, harp & theory with the Royal Conservatory of music. I have been teaching harp & piano for the past 25 years privately out of my home.

Master classes with: - Nancy Allen (Julliard) - Alice Giles (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) - Jill Whitman (Western Washington University) - Baltazar Juanrez (Principal Harpist of Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra & Founder of Mexico's International Harp competition) - Elizabeth Volpe - Bligh (UBC & Former principal harpist of the VSO) - Motoshi Kosako (Former principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra) - Over 25+ years of professional harp performance experience - 20 years of hands-on teaching experience in harp & piano - RCM 8, ABRSM 8 (RCM 10 equivalency) - Tech-savvy and uses multiple camera angles for enhanced learning experience during lessons - Member of the Teach Music Online community and proficient with teaching online - Working on becoming a Pro Certified Online Teacher.


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).

Online lessons

Michelle 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.

Michelle's Studio Location

Michelle 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.