“My goal is to instill a fine sense of music appreciation, while at the same time, teaching students about the technical aspects of music. ”
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Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. My goal is to instill a fine sense of music appreciation, while at the same time, teaching students about the technical aspects of music. As a teacher, I am committed to providing the best teaching possible by giving my students a great start in their music journey through emphasizing the correct foundation for developing basic music skills. During our one-on-one music classes, the teacher and the student set high-standards in preparing technique, repertoire, ear training, musical creativity, stage experience and a fine sense of music appreciation. Even if you or your child never plays a note again after lessons end, you will not have wasted your money and time if you have learned how to allow Music to make your Life better and more fulfilling. I strongly believe that Music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression.
Name: Naina (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I graduated from the "Gheorghe Dima" Academy of Music in 1991 (B.Mus), where I was later appointed as an Assistant Professor and, in 1998, as an University lecturer. I also hold a Master in Music (2005 from the University of Western Ontario, London, ON) and a Ph.D. in Composition with a “Magna cum Laudae” (from the "Gheorghe Dima" Academy of Music, Cluj-Napoca, Romania). I began playing the piano at the age of four, performing as a piano-soloist with an orchestra at ten, and writing my first compositions at twelve. I have appeared as a piano-soloist with Romanian orchestras, in solo and piano-duos piano recitals. Further specialization includes a Banff Residence, attending the Career Development Program. My mentors and professors include Peter Paul Koprowski (U.W.O. Canada), as well as famous European composers, among them: Vasile Herman, Cornel Taranu, P. Krause, Eduard Terenyi, Aurel Stroe.
I am the recipient of many international awards and scholarships, among them, the Romanian Composers’ League Prize and the UNESCO award and scholarship, awarded in the '90. In 2020 I was awarded by the Royal Conservatory of Music the Teacher Certificate of Recognition for the students' achievements - Gold medals at the Provincial level for their exams (level 3 and 4) In August 2021, I became the recipient of the Gold Medal at the Inaugural Edition of the Global International Music Competition (in the Versatile Musician category), competition organized by Concours International de Musique et Des Beaux Arts. I also became the winner of the Gold Medal at the Inaugural Edition of the Grand Maestro International Music Competition, and the recipient of the Gold Award in the Instrumental Performance - Best Music Composer category and also in the Instrumental Performance - Best Instrumental Performance Video at the Lit Talent Awards organized in the United States. At the end of 2021 I became the winner of the Grand Prize at the International Youth Music Competition - in the category Composer/Performer, Singer/Songwriter and the recipient of the Gold Award and the Artist Award for the same ballade, in the open category at the Universal Music Stars Competition. I was awarded the First Prize at the USA Artists of the Year International Music Competition held in December 2021 by IYMC.
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).
Naina 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.
Naina's Studio Location
Naina 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.