“Each voice is beautifully unique, and worth being heard.”
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Everyone deserves to sing and express themselves through song. I believe that one of the most important things a singing teacher can do is provide a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space for singers both new and experienced to explore their voices. Each voice is beautifully unique and worth being heard. My teaching is student-centered and tailored to the individual needs of each student. We are co-collaborators on the journey of your vocal discovery. I love empowering singers to make their own artistic choices based on what feels good and authentic to them. I help singers build a reliable singing technique with a science-based approach that is explained in simple terms and easily applied to daily singing practice. Most importantly, I encourage singers to be kinder to themselves by shifting their focus from self-judgement to curiosity and play. I strive to create a fun environment so that singers feel open to express themselves freely and authentically!
Name: Monica (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have earned the following music degrees: Master of Music in Voice Performance/Vocal Pedagogy (University of Toronto), Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (Western University) and Music Diploma in Voice Performance (Capilano University). I also studied piano from age 4-21, violin from age 4-18 and guitar from the age of 16-19. I started my own singing journey with private lessons at the age of 16 and have been singing and taking lessons ever since!
I have completed all 3 Levels of Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method, which is an organized method of vocal training for Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) styles which seeks to bring the voice, the person, the emotions and the mind together. Somatic Voicework™ seeks to illuminate the path of vocal artistry by conveying objective information about vocal production based on what is currently known and understood in medicine and science.
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).
Monica 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.