Beatrice - Music Teacher # 1777

As a teacher I strive to unlock this same creative spirit with my students.

- Beatrice

Information about Beatrice

Teaching Philosophy

As a performer and composer, I strive to create work that is thoughtful and personal. Born on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, I grew up competing in fiddle
festivals across the state. My interest in composition began while working as a
songwriter for the Philadelphia neo-soul band, Bibi and the Bull, and my background in popular music has led me to explore and prioritize music-as-activism. Much of the music I write is influenced by Pennsilvaanisch Deitsch and Appalachian culture. I also deal with themes of psychological identity and I freely use an eclectic mix of styles to achieve my desired effect.

As a teacher I strive to unlock this same creative spirit with my students. All good pedagogy begins with a solid foundation in technique and physicality, but I don't want my lessons to only resemble a workout at the gym. By approaching strings - and their rich repertoire - from a variety of musical perspectives, a student can learn and appreciate the music on a deeper level. For young students, this might mean that I incorporate clapping exercises, dancing, or "composer storytelling" into our lessons. For an older student, this might mean that I have the student analyze a piece before a lesson, or ask him/her to play an exercise with an extreme range of phrasing and articulation possibilities before allowing him/her to interpret a passage in his/her repertoire.

General Info

Name: Beatrice (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 25

Gender: female

BAH Teacher No. : 1777


Hi there! This past December I obtained a B.M in composition with a concentration in viola performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Prior to that, I studied Musicology and Latin American studies at Haverford College (Pennsylvania, USA). My principal teachers include Gabriela Lena Frank and Brian Cherney (composition). Past teachers include Frederic Lambert, violist of the Molinari Quartet, Choong-Jin Chang, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster of the NY Ballet. I have participated in masterclasses led by Joan Tower, Derek Bermel, Steve Tenenbom, and Mai Motobuchi, and have spent past summers enjoying supportive artistic communities at the Orford Academy of Music ('17), the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music ('17), Bowdoin International Music Festival (’16), and Meadowmount School of Music (’13,’15).

I have studied the violin since age 6, switching to viola at age 17. I began studying studying composition seriously while a liberal arts student in college, before transferring to music conservatory.

Special Skills & Training

My current studio is made up of mostly adult beginners. I find that adults and children learn quite differently, so I I have begun to develop a strings curriculum especially tailored to an adult age group. For my pedagogical model, I emphasize a strong theoretical base in music fundamentals, supplemented by attainable repertoire and individualized practice goals for each adult student. As part of my studio, adult students perform a solo at an annual recital in December and participate in chamber music lessons (duets and trios) with other beginner adult students.

Awards and Distinctions

$20,000 Schulich Scholar Merit Scholarship, Schulich School of Music (2015-­2018)/ Bowdoin International Music Festival Sponsorship, Board of Directors, BIMF (2016)/ Bowdoin International Music Festival Travel Grant, Dean’s Office, McGill (2016)/ Gladys Glasco Memorial Bursary, Schulich School of Music (2016)/ Student Work Scholar, Meadowmount School of Music (2013 & 2015)/Grand Champion, Lyons Fiddle Festival Competition, Lyons, PA (2015)/ Summer Research Assistantship, Hurford Humanities Center, Haverford College (2014) / 2nd Place Recipient, Elaine Bausher Post Tuition Fellowship, Reading Musical Foundation (2012)



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).


Additional Service(s)

Lessons in Studio

Service Available
- No additional fees for lessons at the teacher's studio.

Lessons in your Home

Service not offered

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