“I believe that absolutely everyone can sing!”
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I believe that absolutely everyone can sing, some better than others, but then some spend more time practicing. Singing for me has been a fundamental in my life and has brought me much joy and even more growth, both professional and personal. Singing is a whole body sport, we musicians are small muscle athletes and as a result we need to learn how to take care of our bodies as well as our minds in order to learn and progress as musicians. My typical lessons begin with a warm-up both physically and vocally, we then move into some more technical exercises, and then apply what we have learned in the repertoire we have chosen. The bottom line however, is to simply have fun and learn along the way. We sing because it is fun and I aim to have that as the ultimate goal of our lessons.
Name: Nicole (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have recently graduated with my MMus Literature and Performance from Western University where I studied Voice and have also recently moved to Toronto. I took piano lessons from a young age and started private voice lessons at age 11. I have studied vocal pedagogy, all the music history and theory one could ever want, German, French, Italian, and have taught sight singing to first and second year university music students. I have performed in various operas, highlights include the titular roles in both Puccini's Suor Angelic and Handel's Alcina. Even though I am classically trained, musical theatre has always been a passion of mine and it has been eye opening how much technique cross over there is between the two genres.
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
Nicole is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Nicole 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.