“I am dedicated to guiding students in their violin and viola journey with expertise and care.”
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I teach the violin using the latest methods, always prioritizing the student's comfort and relaxation in their posture and playing. With over 30 years of experience, I am dedicated to guiding students in their violin and viola journey with expertise and care. I also welcome violin enthusiasts who simply love to play. All those who cherish music and the violin are warmly welcomed to join my class.
Name: Salvo (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I was born in Palermo, Italy, and my musical journey began at age six when I started playing the violin. At ten, I was accepted into the Teacher/Performer Violin Professional Program at the "Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini." After graduating in 1987, I taught at the Conservatory and later transitioned to private teaching, a chapter I've been enjoying ever since. In addition to my position at the Vincenzo Bellini Theatre of Catania, Italy, I secured roles in various Chamber Orchestras, touring Italy as a soloist and Concert Master. I had the privilege of attending a Master class with Felix Ayo, celebrated for his interpretation of "Bach Violin Solo Sonatas and Partitas."
I had students awards from Royal Conservatory of Music(RCM) and some reached the distinction during the season RCM exams.
I study the Kato Havas technique which helps a lots with the tension. I teach the Flesch and Galamian method. I also have been a member of the Vancouver Island Symphony, B.C. Chamber Orchestra, Burnaby Symphony Orchestra and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. Currently, I am a faculty member at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music, nurturing aspiring violinists. I have a special interest in refining Violin technique and draw from methods such as Galamian, Flesch, Kato Havas, Suzuki, and Alexander to tailor my teaching approach. My students have achieved remarkable feats, winning competitions and achieving top marks in the Royal Conservatory of Music exams.
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).
Salvo 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.
Salvo's Studio Location
Salvo 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.