Ren - BAH Teacher #4258

About Ren
Ren is a dedicated Beethoven at Home teacher specializing in piano and voice lessons for students aged 8 to adults. With a background in Jazz Studies and currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music Therapy at Capilano University, Ren brings a unique blend of musical expertise and therapeutic understanding. Available for online and in-home lessons, Ren also offers training in dictation, ear training, jazz improvisation, and music theory.


One's relationship with music is often lifelong, and my teaching practice and philosophy as a mentor, teacher, and future music therapist is to cultivate a loving, nourishing relationship so that students/clients may come to know how to lean on the power of music to get through life's inevitable struggles. With its substantial effect on us humans, music can also overwhelm, harm, and bring up memories and emotions that are difficult to parse. My teaching begins with creating and holding space for these emotions and learning together how music can be harnessed as a source of positive self esteem, as an avenue for creative expression, and evoke a sense of beauty and awe. Learning about music doesn't have to be about drills, perfection, or being the "best". It can be playful, silly, improvised, and serve whatever function you want it to. Whether you want to work within the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum or embrace free jazz, I embrace all these forms and see value in the vast cultural impressions that music has laid down.

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

Age: 20

Gender: female

I am currently in my fourth year at Capilano University working on my Bachelor's of Music Therapy. The first two years of my degree was a voice concentration in Capilano's Jazz Studies , which extended and sharpened my previous music education: my 6 years of private piano lessons, 3 years of choir, jazz band, and vocal jazz set me up for success in the top vocal ensemble at the university and an added 2 years of vocal training, plus continuing piano on the side. I've sung at the Orpheum with Vancouver Youth Choir Voices and have done numerous jazz gigs around the city. My current studies blend my rich musical experience with a therapeutic lense.

My experience as a gigging musician can help students with learning how to set up, being a bandleader, organizing rehearsals, working with other musicians, transcribing/writing charts. In my music therapy training, I have completed a counselling course and multiple courses about mental health/disabilities/conditions that people face. This knowledge helps me to create specialized programming and considerations in my practice to best serve any student.


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

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

Online lessons

Ren 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.