“My teaching philosophy leans towards practicality rather than excessive explanation.”
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Having worked with a diverse range of students from ages 3 to 18, including those from various cultures and linguistic backgrounds, I have developed a unique and achievement-based teaching approach. This approach centers around the idea that success is a continuous and consistent journey, involving a deep understanding of each element within a subject and how they fit together. I start teaching children from any level, fostering independence in their learning process. Music and Arts demand self-discipline, but they also require a solid foundation provided through guidance. As Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon," and by instilling the purpose of learning, building confidence, and ensuring constant progress without fearing failure, I embrace the essence of this quote. It's important to note that my teaching philosophy leans towards practicality rather than excessive explanation.
Name: Polina (Full name will be provided upon registration)
Schulich School of Music McGill University - Bachelor Degree I graduated with a major in Piano Performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in 2012. I also completed a minor in music history.
- Experienced music teacher with over seventeen years of teaching various subjects including piano, violin, theory, and aural training. - Ran a successful private music studio in South Africa, serving students from private and public schools. - Worked as an extra-mural piano teacher in a private international school in Pretoria. - Conducted English lessons for children at Diocesan School for Girls in Pretoria. - Currently tutoring various subjects through the Teach Me 2 South African platform since 2018. - Proficient in studio management, including student progress tracking, invoicing, event organization, and exam preparation. - Demonstrates strong organizational skills, patience, and a positive attitude. - Adaptable to children with different learning needs and abilities. - Embraces a personalized and meticulous teaching-learning process, focusing on comprehension and application rather than just grades. - Committed to sharing knowledge with love and passion.
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
Polina is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Polina 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.
Polina's Studio Location
Polina 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.