Information about Amanda
Every student is unique, and therefore every student deserves an equally unique teaching method. I have seven years of experience giving music lessons to young children, teens, and adults; as a result, I have learned to adapt my teaching style and cater to the needs of each student. My goal is to make playing a musical instrument as accessible and enjoyable as possible, to students of all ages and backgrounds. Though my main area of focus is classical music, I also enjoy teaching other popular styles of music. I encourage my students to start with music from genres they are most passionate about.
Numerous studies show that music enhances cognitive performance, emotional intelligence, work ethic, and creativity, all of which are essential to a successful career in any field of study. I bring about these qualities in my students by giving out homework each week, encouraging them to practice daily and to listen with a critical ear and mind, as well as by helping them with posture, technique, and with forming their own musical ideas.
Playing a musical instrument can be a deeply personal thing; as a teacher, it is my goal to help students find their own distinctive voice and channel for self-expression. Most importantly, I hope to make learning an instrument a positive experience for all my students, whether music becomes their profession or their hobby. Making music is a very satisfying and fulfilling experience, and I love helping others in pursuing their musical journey.
Name: Amanda (Full name will be provided upon registration)
BAH Teacher No. : 1723
University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (Currently in the second year of the program).
Royal Conservatory of Music - ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance.
Conservatory Canada - Associate Diploma in Violin Performance.
Special Skills & Training
Current member of the UBC Symphony Orchestra.
Member of VSO Whistler Institute, 2017.
Substitute Piano and Violin Teacher at Elite School of Music and Dominelli's School of Music.
Piano Teacher at Northgate Music School, 2010-2017.
Student in Alberta Pianofest, 2015.
Member of Edmonton Youth Orchestra, 2012-2015.
Awards and Distinctions
Winspear Fund Piano Scholarship, 2016 & 2017.
Ranald & Vera Shean Piano Memorial Scholarship, 2014-2017.
Honourable Mentions in the 2017 Vanouver Women's Music Society Piano Scholarship Competition, Senior Division.
Eileen R. Gilley Soroptimist Scholarship in Music, 2016.
D.C. & H.L. Knigge Entrance Scholarship in Music, 2016.
UBC School of Music Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Scholarship, 2016.
Ranald & Vera Shean Memorial Violin Scholarship, 2015.
Winner of the 2015 Alberta Provincial Festival - Piano, Senior Division.
2014 Siludette O'Connor Memorial Violin Scholarship.
May 2019 - Awarded a Johann Strauss Scholarship for summer study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
June 2019 - Awarded 3rd place at the final round of the Canadian Music Competition
Rates and Policies
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 StudioService not offered
This teacher does not operate a teaching studio.
Lessons in your HomeService Available
- A charge of $15.00 per teacher visit applies.
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Online LessonsService Available
- No additional fees for online lessons.