“I love music and I never stop encouraging my students to get better and go beyond themselves to become better musicians and better persons on all levels. ”
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We all have gifts within ourselves and it is through the right guidance that those gifts can flourish. I love music and I love teaching what I have learned from my previous teachers through all the years that I studied. I have almost 30 years of experience teaching RCM level grade 1 -9 with great success. I have seen students struggle because they had not been shown the right technique, I have fixed so many bad habits that people learned not knowing it is essential to get a good technique, certainly with an instrument as hard as the violin. But most of all, I love music and I never stop encouraging my students to get better and go beyond themselves to become better musicians and better persons on all levels. In my teaching method, I break down the technique of the violin, music reading or interpretation into very simple tasks that the student must carry out in order to master them one by one. In this way, the student quickly gains confidence in himself and thanks to the immediate progresses he makes, he will feel the essence of the rhythm, the composition, his own interpretation, the quality of his sound, and value himself as a musician.
Name: Nadia (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, USA where I also studied voice, conducting, pedagogy and education. I also earned a First Price Solfège Diploma with Distinction from Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. I have a Golden Medal with Distinction from Toulon Provence Mediteranean Conservatory of Music, France. I studied violin privately from the age of 8 in southern France with different teachers amongst them the famous concert artist/teacher Jean Termerguerian from the Marseilles National Conservatory of music. At age 17, I went to Belgium to continue my violin studies with Henri Rodales until I applied for my post secondary studies at New England Conservatory of Music. At NEC, I studied under the guidance of Eric Rosenblith. My teachers were classically trained and detail oriented with exceptional high standards. I learned with them good technique and the love for music and how to communicate it to students.
-Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston -Deans's List 1998-1999 at the New England Conservatory. -First Price Solfège with Distinction from Brussels Conservatory with 98% -Golden Medal Eugene Ysaye with Distinction from the Conservatoire National César Geoffray. My students are always chosen to play in showcases for Festivals My student orchestra The East Kootenay Ensemble has been selected at least 5 years in a row to perform at the Showcase of the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival in Cranbrook, BC.
My first teacher was very passionate about the violin and very dedicated to making sure I was learning the good technique I needed to become a good musician. He used to write every single exercise I had to master in a book and I would diligently follow his advices. I quickly progressed through the classical repertoire and thanks to him and all other guidances I had later, I developed a teaching method that is unique and very effective. I not only teach students good technique but I try to communicate the love for music I have and the love for good sound, right pitch and beauty in general. I have also sung in many choirs and this has helped me in my teaching experience to transmit to students and make them feel the essence of music and interpretation of musical phrases.
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
Nadia is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Nadia 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.