“Whatever your motivation to learn music, its benefits will enrich your life in ways beyond imagination.”
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Music holds a significant place in education, personal growth, and happiness. As a music educator, my purpose is to assist learners of all ages in attaining their goals while fostering qualities like focus, dedication, self-confidence, and critical thinking within a positive and supportive learning atmosphere. Music's impact transcends fields of study, nurturing essential skills transferrable to various aspects of life. By incorporating warm-up routines in each lesson, I enhance my students' learning experience through activities that enhance breathing techniques, posture, finger dexterity, sight-reading, and more. I motivate my students through positive reinforcement, achievable objectives, and engaging repertoire tailored to their proficiency. Whatever your motivation to learn music, its benefits will enrich your life in ways beyond imagination.
Name: Siobhan (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have completed the following certifications in music: - McMaster University-Honours Bachelor Degree in Music - McMaster University-Diploma of Music Performance in Clarinet - Royal Conservatory of Music-Piano - My principal clarinet performance teacher was Zoltan Kalman - My principal theory, harmony and counterpoint professor was Dr. Matthew Woolhouse - My principal musicianship skills and music history professor was Dr. Andrew Mitchell
- The School of Arts Scholarship in Music - Louise E. Bettger Scholarship in Music - H. B. Greening Book Prize in Music - Joan Francis Bowling Scholarship in Music
I spent my childhood listening to music of all genres, and spending time familiarizing myself with a wide variety of instruments. After experience on many brass, string and woodwind instruments, I fell in love with the incredible tone and range of the clarinet, and decided to pursue clarinet performance in university. My time learning at McMaster was supplemented with education in music history, musical theory, counterpoint, harmony, dictation, ear training, as well as other musicianship skills to help me be a well-rounded, effective music teacher.
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).
Siobhan 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.