“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.”
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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. Even at the earliest stages of harp study, I focus on teaching students how to make music sound communicative and beautiful, emphasizing artistry and creativity to let their individuality shine through their music. I foster a supportive atmosphere with honest, positive criticism, encouraging self-motivated, independent learning. I teach my students effective learning strategies they can use during at-home practice. Music study is beneficial for individuals of all ages and abilities. My studio welcomes preschoolers, retired adults, and everyone in between. As a teacher, I am committed to my own growth as a musician and educator. I prioritize regular practice and staying informed about current harp pedagogy trends and perspectives, keeping my teaching fresh and engaging with new repertoire, music games, and studio projects. Through harp study, my students and I find great satisfaction and enjoyment, learning to appreciate the beauty in ourselves and the world around us through music. My students can expect to learn proper technique, efficient practice methods, sight-reading, music theory, analytical knowledge through musical scores, versatility in different music styles, composing and arranging music, improving interpersonal skills, gaining confidence in performance, and above all, having fun!
Name: Michelle (Full name will be provided upon registration)
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.
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
Michelle is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
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.