“Stella is a passionate and versatile music teacher at Beethoven at Home, specializing in piano, voice, and singer-songwriter lessons for students from the age of 4 to adults. With a focus on online instruction, Stella ensures accessibility and convenience for all her students. Her educational background, including studies at the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music, underlines her commitment to excellence in music education. Stella’s teaching philosophy emphasizes the universal language of music, fostering a love for various musical genres and encouraging students to express themselves authentically through music. She offers lessons in English, French, German, and Italian, making her a culturally versatile instructor. Stella's services are available online, allowing for flexible learning opportunities.”
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I believe music is such an important skill for everyone. Though the world may be divided on beliefs, geographical locations, and different languages, music is universal. Music is made of three things: Life, passion, and love. With just a pluck of a violin string, a vibrating note on a grand piano, and a singer opening their throat to let their sound come through, everyone understands the feeling that comes when we hear the vibrations and frequencies that music is made of. It allows us to embark on journeys of emotions, pushing us to feel. When a performer is onstage, they are connecting with each and every one of the audience members even if they aren’t speaking a word. Music is the only language everyone in the world can understand, because it speaks to the heart. In my lessons I will start with small warm ups and breathing exercises as well as fun music games, ear training, sight singing, solfege and scales. (This is important for piano and voice students alike) I will also open a discussion for interested students on music appreciation and history. In my studio and lessons, there is no pressure, stress or anxiety. Everyone can move at their own pace with which they are comfortable. Previous training and skills are not required for lessons with me. It is a learning process and journey, and I want everyone to have fun and learn. I will also explore different genres of music such as Musical Theatre/Broadway/Disney, Jazz Standards, Pop, Baroque, and Classical. For example, a student can choose a piece they connect with and would like to learn and we will experiment together, starting slow and building up the skill sets. Anything else they are interested in, I will be happy to accommodate.
Name: Stella (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am currently in my 3rd year Bachelor of Music Performance Honours Undergraduate Program at the Glenn Gould School of Music studying classical voice under Adrianne Pieczonka. Before university, I began advanced piano and voice training starting at the age of six studying in various genres such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Baroque, Pop, and Standards with a main focus in Classical Voice and Opera. My completed courses include Teaching Methodology, Level I-IV theory, Aural skills, and Keyboard Harmony as well as other various performance classes including conversational language classes and diction (Italian, French, German, and English.)As well as solo performance training, I have been in numerous choirs such as the Holy Heart Chamber Choir, Bella Cantante, Trebles, Shallaway, Atlantic Vocal Ensemble, as well as performances in opera choruses such as Tosca, Pirates of Penzance, Phantom of the Opera and more.
Level 5 RCM Voice Gold Medal throughout all Atlantic Canada. Level 6 RCM Voice Honours with Distinction Level 7 RCM Voice Honours with Distinction Level 8 RCM Voice Honours with Distinction Kiwanis Music Festival: First Place Classical Concert Group Kiwanis Music Festival: Canadian Federation Women’s Award (1st place Musical Theatre) Kiwanis Music Festival: Finalist Rose Bowl Classical Voice
I spent my childhood experiencing and performing various genres of music such as Disney musicals, classical Broadway and musical theatre productions, classic Jazz Standards, Baroque, Classical Voice, and Opera. My training was primarily in private studios along with participation in performance choirs. I also hold a performing arts certificate for classical and musical theatre studying the roles of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth. I have also been an acting teacher and mentor for a small Performing Arts Group in Newfoundland. As well as classical theatre, I have performed in operatic choruses, and musical theatre choruses and small roles such as Fiona in Shrek! The Musical, Anna in Pirates of Penzance, Christine Daae and Sophie in scene studies of Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera. Most recently, I performed for young children’s birthday parties as a variety of Disney Princesses including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Belle, and Anna from Frozen. This month, I will be training and performing in an operatic Bel Canto Intensive in New York.
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
Stella is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Stella 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.