“Playing the violin is more than just hitting the right notes; it's about conveying emotions and interpreting the music as the composer intended.”
- Victor Alberto
BOOK AN INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR ALBERTO NOW
Growing up, I had the wonderful privilege of being taught the violin using the Suzuki method. It's a special approach that involves learning a variety of music pieces from different books, gradually progressing as skills improve. I truly believe in the power of this method as it played a significant role in honing my technique and nurturing my passion for this beautiful instrument. While the Suzuki method forms the core of my teaching philosophy, I also understand that each student is unique and may benefit from additional techniques. Some of my teachers emphasized the importance of refining technique, which led me to practice various studies and exercises like arpeggios and scales. I am well-versed in these methods and can provide guidance tailored to each student's needs and preferences. For me, playing the violin is more than just hitting the right notes; it's about conveying emotions and interpreting the music as the composer intended. My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to become exceptional interpreters, helping them find their own style and the confidence to perform in front of others with grace and poise. I strongly believe in encouraging my students to choose the music they want to learn. By setting achievable goals together, we keep the motivation alive, making the learning journey exciting and enjoyable. Having been immersed in a musical environment for most of my life, I feel attuned to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of my future students. My experiences have provided me with valuable insights, allowing me to guide each student to unlock their fullest potential. Learning the violin has been a transformative experience for me. It has not only granted me the gift of music but also enriched my life with sensitivity, creativity, discipline, and confidence. Beyond the world of music, I am pursuing a path in economics, and I am convinced that the skills I developed while practicing the violin will be an asset in my future endeavors. I am grateful for the opportunities this instrument has brought into my life, allowing me to connect with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Name: Victor Alberto (Full name will be provided upon registration)
- Attended National Conservatory of Peru (2009-2014) and IB Standard Level Music course in high school (2016-2017), achieving 100% in Violin Performance. - Studied violin for 15 years since age 5, taught by exceptional violinists from Russia, Romania, Finland, United States, Cuba, and Peru. - Concertino (main violin) in Newton College orchestra, performed in over 60 contests and concerts. - Explored Classical music from romantic, baroque, and classical periods, as well as folk music from different countries. - Currently pursuing a Bachelor of International Economics with a minor in Statistics at the University of British Columbia.
London College of Music Examinations: Violin - Grade 8 Leisure Play - 99% (Distinction grade) London College of Music Examinations: Violin - Grade 7 Leisure Play - 96% (Distinction grade) London College of Music Examinations: Ensemble - Level 3 - (Distinction grade) London College of Music Examinations: Ensemble - Level 2 - (Distinction grade) Music Award (awarded to the Best student in Music (Violin) from 1st to 6th Orchestra - Newton College Certificate by Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC) Orchestra in 2015 Certificate of Studies in the National Conservatory of Music: 2010-2013 IB Diploma Music Standard Level - 6 grade (100% in Violin Performance)
- Tutoring experience since 2018, primarily working with children aged 5-7 years old. - Achieved Distinction grades (90-100%) in London School of Music Examinations as a soloist and ensemble performer. - Selected as a member of the LAHC orchestra in 2015, an honor given to top musicians from Latinamerican schools.
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
Victor Alberto is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Victor Alberto 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.