“Music has been part of my life's journey , self expression and joy.”
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Hi, I’m Steph and I live in the Dunbar area in Vancouver. I have been teaching professionally for over 40 years and enjoy sharing my skills and passion of music with people who embark on learning how to play an instrument. Although I studied music notation I do not teach it due to a visual impairment. My focus is for you to integrate the lesson’s directly on to your instrument and not to rely only on notes. Developing one’s ability to memorize and apply the lessons allows for better retention and increases one’s ability to play music with others freely. The teaching of music theory depends on your musical goals. If you want to learn an instrument, sing songs while playing an instrument, write songs, learn improvisation for self expression and enjoyment or to develop music skills for a career in music music theory plays a role and can be fun to learn.I’m grateful for having discovered the pleasure of learning guitar at an early age and music has been part of my life's journey , self expression and joy. I’ve performed as a solo artist, in bands and currently spend my time creating, writing, improvising and recording my music. Although I love and teach most genres I have a passion for the blues, jazz, funk and indie. Please contact me for any questions and for a consultation.
Name: Steph (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I studied guitar at the Musician’s Institute of Technology in Hollywood, L.A. In the mid 80’s. I moved to Vancouver after graduation and took a live recording workshop at Bull Frog Studios and then went on to receive a B.A. of Music Therapy at Capilano University.
At the age of 13 I received formal guitar lessons and I loved it so much I devoured the lessons and within months I was hired at the music studio to teach beginners guitar and to work in the music store. My studies at the Musician’s Institute put me on the path to want to be a professional musician during this time I also began to be interested in audio recording. When I came back to Canada I received a certificate in live recording and was hired for live events and for benefit concerts. I became interested in meditation, music and healing and studied to become a music therapist. My experience as a music therapist has taught me how music can heal, can develop self expression and self esteem and how music is a vehicle for moving through difficult emotions, connecting with others and for promoting a sense of well being. While studying music therapy I joined a latin band and fell in love with it’s rhythm and received a grant to attend Afrocubanismo at the Banff Arts Centre. During my work as a music therapist clients would write songs and I would record them and I became more interested in the techniques of audio engineering and currently I’m developing my skills in this field.
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).
Steph 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.