“A student's enjoyment of music and playing their instrument is very important and can greatly help with their learning.”
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I approach teaching from the perspective that a student's enjoyment of music and playing their instrument is very important and can greatly help with their learning. I I think that a positive and encouraging attitude is generally best. That said, I often wouldn't hesitate (depending on the personality and ability of an individual student) to give my students challenging assignments and gentle constructive criticism.
Name: Robert (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have a Bachelor's degree in Applied Music from Dundalk Institute of Technology. I've been playing the piano for over 20 years. I was originally classically trained and was awarded a grade 7 from the Royal Irish Academy of Music (as well as a grade 8 in violin). Since then, I have been self-teaching; continuously learning, improving my skills, and expanding my knowledge of different styles and genres. I'm self-taught in the guitar and drums, additionally, and have been playing each of those instruments for approximately 15 years. I received tutorship in the drums as my chosen instrument in college. I'm also well educated in music theory. This comes as a result of completing a grade 6 in music theory with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, my time studying music in college, and through my own ongoing and consistent study of music theory.
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
Robert is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Robert 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.