“My number one goal in teaching is to nurture the curiosity and excitement of exploring your own voice and musicality.”
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Music has always been a part of my life and I feel it has impacted and benefited me in my creativity and how I see the world around me. I believe that it is crucial to approach music in an explorative manner seeking to discover what new sounds we can make and to play with these sounds to create music. My number one goal in teaching is to nurture the curiosity and excitement of exploring your own voice and musicality. I believe this is integral to the progress of a student as we keep in mind that we will never be perfect, but everyday we are able to learn more. I encourage in-lesson communication on the exercises we use to better acknowledge our successes as well as identify what we should try differently. I believe if a student is able to articulate what they are feeling or hearing, they are better able to understand what tools help them - in turn making it easier to come across this sound again. These are mainly my approaches to singing but the concepts of open communication and nurturing the curiosity of music are quite transferable to creating an effective and pleasurable experience in learning piano as well.
Name: Wesley (Full name will be provided upon registration)
My professional music journey began as I completed my Bachelors in music and voice performance at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo ON. Here I believe I developed a strong musical foundation as well as an awareness for the importance of a nurturing and open musical environment. I have also completed my Masters in opera and voice performance at McGill University in Montreal QC, where I was able to refine my technique and also reflect on the importance of student-teacher communication.
NATS Ontario Vocal Competition, 1st Prize Winner (2019) NATS Ontario Vocal Competition, Most Promising Singer Award (2019) Wilfrid Laurier University Concerto Competition, 1st Prize Winner (2019) Wirth Vocal Prize Finalist (2020)
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
Wesley is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Wesley 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.