“Music education is about fostering discipline, creativity, and emotional expression.”
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Whether it's the melody in my mind during daily routines, harmonizing with fellow musicians, or standing under the spotlight for a professional performance, music has etched its presence into every corner of my existence. This connection isn't unique to me; it's a universal experience, intrinsic to being human. In my teaching, I strive to rekindle this awareness in my students, reminding them of music's fundamental role in our lives. Moreover, I hold the belief that a music education offers more than just melodies and harmonies. It presents a holistic approach to learning, enhancing academic abilities and physical prowess akin to that of an athlete. It's about fostering discipline, creativity, and emotional expression. Whether a student envisions a career in music or simply seeks to enrich their life with harmonious experiences, my commitment lies in nurturing their journey as a whole person and artist. Above all, my priority is kindling a passion for music that ignites from within. I prioritize students' affinity for the music they play, nurturing a sense of joy in their musical endeavors. While technical mastery is pivotal, I also emphasize a comprehensive grasp of music's many dimensions and a thirst for lifelong learning. In my studio, the foundation rests upon mutual respect, inclusivity, self-compassion, and a shared love for music that binds us all.
Name: Olivia (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I hold an Honours, BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University, where I studied Voice Performance with James McLean. I am now continuing my studies at Laurier with Leslie Fagan, in the Opera Diploma program. In addition to my vocal studies, I studied violin and piano from the ages of 6 to 18, and I hold certificates in RCM Level 10 violin, and RCM Level 8 piano. My teacher, Therese Motard, is an international concert cellist and a graduate of the Juilliard School. I have years of performance experience in many genres of music, and on several instruments. During my time at Laurier, I have worked as a TA in theory and musical skills, and have experience teaching voice, violin and piano.
Recipient, McCall MacBain Scholarship Regional Award - 2021; Shortlisted at WLU, Rhodes Scholarship - 2021; Recipient, Maureen Forrester Music Scholarship - 2021; Finalist, Laurier Concerto Competition - 2021;
Stratford Summer Music, Vocal Academy Art Song (2021); Opera from Scratch, Halifax (2022). I have worked for 6 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor, as well as having experience as a supply teacher in grades JK-8. These experiences have provided me with the ability to tailor educational programs to students of all ages.
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).
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.