“My teaching environment aims to provide students a creative, judgement free and expressive space where anyone can enjoy music and experiment with their skills at their own pace.”
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I believe that music is a universal language that has the power to inspire, connect, and transform individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Ultimately, my role is to create a student-centered learning environment where students can learn and enjoy the fun of music in an interesting yet educational way. My lessons focus on building a strong musical foundation while being connected with the body alignment and vocal control. Lessons usually begin with warm-ups, finding the proper resonance projection, and then looking into repertoires with detailed focus on articulations, musical expressions and more. My teaching environment aims to provide students a creative, judgement free and expressive space where anyone can enjoy music and experiment with their skills at their own pace.
Name: Denise (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I am currently attending University of British Columbia School of Music- Dual Degree of Bachelor of Music and Education under the study of professional opera singer Patrick Raftery. I started learning piano and voice professionally since I was five years old. Over the years, I have been trained to perform professionally on stage and received high standard trainings from private teachers and vocal coaches. I have also received Winner, 1st Runner up and 2nd Runner up at the Hong Kong School Music Festival from 2015-2018. In addition to my personal achievements, I am also experienced in choral singing where I sing with UBC University singers currently. I was a part of the Hong Kong Children Choir from 2007 to 2018 which provided me a lot of opportunities for professional stage experience and extended musical trainings. During my years in the choir, I participated in annual concerts, national music festivals and national choral festivals. From 2017-2018, I participated oversea tours at Finland, Estonia and Shanghai with the Hong Kong Children Choir Concert Choir.
2023W UBC School of Music William and Marilyn Jones Award 2023W UBC School of Music Angelica Camata Memorial Scholarship in Opera 2022 Pinetree Secondary School Music Department Outstanding Student ABRSM Voice level 8 Merit Certificate
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
Denise is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas
Denise 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.