Olivia - BAH Teacher #4091

About Olivia
Olivia, a passionate music teacher based in Vancouver, specializes in teaching french horn, piano, saxophone, and voice to students starting from the age of 4. She offers lessons online, in her studio, or in your home for added convenience. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and brings a comprehensive approach to her teaching. Fluent in multiple languages, including English, French, and German, she is committed to providing a rich and diverse learning environment. Olivia's philosophy centers on fostering a love for music through fun, engaging lessons tailored to each student's unique strengths and interests.


I believe in fostering a holistic approach to music education that goes beyond technical proficiency to cultivate a lifelong love and appreciation for music. My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that every student is unique, with their own set of strengths, interests, and learning styles. By embracing creativity, inquiry-based learning, and a student-led approach, I aim to create an enriching and enjoyable learning environment where students can flourish both musically and personally. First and foremost, I prioritize the development of excellent technique. A strong technical foundation is essential for students to express themselves fully through music and to prevent injury. However, I also recognize that technique is just one piece of the puzzle. My approach to teaching encompasses the broader aspects of musicianship, including expression, interpretation, and creativity. Learning should be fun and engaging. I believe that when students are inspired and enthusiastic about their musical journey, they are more likely to excel and reach their full potential. Whether we're exploring technical exercises, delving into music theory, or working on repertoire, I strive to create lessons that are dynamic, interactive, and enjoyable. I place a strong emphasis on inquiry-based, student-led learning. Rather than simply dictating information, I encourage students to take an active role in their own learning process. By asking questions, exploring different musical styles, and encouraging experimentation, students develop critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of music. I recognize the importance of addressing the whole student, not just their musical abilities. Music has the power to inspire, uplift, and heal, and I believe in nurturing students' emotional and spiritual well-being through their musical journey. Whether it's building confidence, fostering resilience, or promoting self-expression, I strive to create a supportive and nurturing environment where students feel empowered to explore and grow both as musicians and as individuals. Music should be a source of joy, inspiration, and personal growth. By combining excellent technique with a focus on creativity, inquiry-based learning, and holistic development, I aim to empower students to become confident, expressive musicians who are equipped to navigate the rich and diverse world of music with passion and curiosity.

Name: Olivia (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 22

Gender: female

I began piano lessons at age 4 and then at the suggestion of my piano teacher, I began training in classical voice at the age of 6- I'm not sure if that means I was a bad piano student because I only practiced for the promise of cookies, but with a passion for both, I continued on with piano and voice for several years eventually getting my first lead role in an opera at Westben Festival Arts Theatre at age 9. After that, I continued in voice following the Royal Conservatory exam course all the way to Grade 10 with first class honours. At that time, I also began learning brass and woodwinds as well as jazz piano and extended harmony. In later years, I was first chair alto saxophone in the Campbellford Jazz Ensemble and first chair french horn in both the Westben Wind Ensemble and Brighton Symphony Orchestra. I became a teaching assistant for Campbellford High School's music class and learned music education with diverse techniques to promote a fun and healthy learning environment, as well as conducting, directing, choreography and specialized in students with learning challenges and performance anxiety. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in opera performance from The University of British Columbia, which included extensive training in voice, piano, theory, and music history in all genres of music. At UBC, I took on several roles in the opera productions, working with internationally renowned conductors and coaches. I also spent time as a musical director, conductor, rehearsal pianist and gave private lessons for UBC musical theatre and their casts.

I come from a very musical family. My dad is a singer, pianist, and bassist who toured internationally and my mom is a wonderful singer and musical director for our church back home in Ontario. My parents both co-founded The Saucebox recording studio in my hometown and when not performing myself, I spent my time playing with my little brother ever so quietly running around the house so that the sound wouldn't show up on my dad's recordings downstairs in the studio. When I began performing consistently as a soloist at age 11, I recorded my first album, "Jazz Maiden", which prompted the creation of the Olivia Rapos Trio. Apart from my classical studies and side opera career, I toured as a trio with a jazz bassist and guitarist across Ontario. Through The Westben Festival Arts Theatre, I gained experience in not only opera, but music theatre and was a principle role twice for two world premiers of new Canadian operas which I recieved critical acclaim for in the Toronto Star and Opera Canada. With an exceptionally broad musical background, there isn't anything I have yet to face as an educator that I wouldn't fully embrace.










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

Olivia is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas

Online lessons

Olivia 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.

Olivia's Studio Location

Olivia 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.