“My goal is to instill a strong foundation and foster a love for music in each of my students.”
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With over 20 years of performing experience and a decade of teaching, my approach to violin instruction emphasizes traditional methods for intermediate to advanced levels. I draw on renowned techniques from Hrimaly, Flesch, Kayser, and Kreutzer to provide comprehensive training in violin technique. Additionally, I am well-versed in the Suzuki Method, which allows me to help students play the violin with ease and enjoyment. My goal is to instill a strong foundation and foster a love for music in each of my students.
Name: Zheng (Full name will be provided upon registration)
I have been passionate about the violin since the age of four when I began my musical journey in China. My dedication to this beautiful instrument has led me to achieve a Master's degree in violin performance with distinction from Brandon University, where I had the privilege of studying under the guidance of the talented violinist Kerry DuWors. Before coming to Canada in 2014, I earned a bachelor's degree in violin performance and musicology from Shandong University. During that time, I also served as the artistic director and soloist of the esteemed Shandong University Symphony Orchestra, further honing my skills as a musician. I have had the incredible opportunity to study with renowned artists from around the world through scholarships at prestigious festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Virtuoso&belcanto Festival, and Orford Musique. Under the guidance of esteemed instructors like Naoko Tanaka from The Juilliard School, Stephan Picard from Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, and Giora Schmidt from NYU, I have continued to refine my craft and develop as a violinist. Music is my passion, and I am thrilled to share my knowledge and love for the violin with my students. Whether they are beginners or aspiring professionals, I aim to inspire and guide them on their own musical journey. Together, we will explore the beauty and artistry of the violin and strive for excellence in music.
Full scholarship for Master's degree study at Brandon University. 2 years of Teaching Assistant for Aural skill and Chamber music. First prize at Brandon Arts Festival string competition. Mastro's circle Scholarship at Aspen Music Festival and School.
I moved to Canada in 2014 for advanced violin studies. Since then, I've been a first violinist in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra for five seasons and a violin teacher at the Saskatoon Music Academy. I've also performed with various ensembles, including the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. Additionally, I enjoy providing support to newcomers from mainland China, helping their children pursue music education and adjust to life in Canada. Music is my passion, and I love sharing it with others as a performer and teacher.
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).
Zheng 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.