“Music is something that can start as a hobby but can turn into a way of life.”
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Music is something that can start as a hobby but can turn into a way of life. It can teach someone that learning new things is a process, and it is normal for results to take time and determine the best approach for each individual. Music is a way to communicate without words. Being able to tell a story with how you play is a unique music experience. Music is different for everyone and means something different to everyone, and it is essential to recognize these differences to ensure that people can gain a deeper understanding of music.
Name: Samantha (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a B. Mus, which included Trumpet performance in classical and jazz settings. Growing up, I took private piano lessons from age four until age 13. My instructor, Cheryl Dickson Neal, used the formal education she received from McMaster University and Mohawk College to instil a detail-oriented way of aproaching practice, which I would take with me down the road in my trumpet performance degree. Before attending+ Before attending University, I grew up as a member of the Calgary Roundup Band, Calgary Stetson Showband and the Calgary Stampede Showband. While being a member of these groups, I was given many different and unique performance opportunities. I studied under Dr. Josh Davis, a two-time Grammy-nominated trumpet performing artist who has performed all across North America. While studying with him, I was allowed to perform with esteemed trumpet players, such as Rex Richardson and Jens Lindemann. Today, I currently perform with the Calgary Westwinds Wind Orchestra and the Foothills Community Jazz Band.
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
Samantha is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Samantha 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.