Etelka - Teacher #1028

- Piano
- Viola
- Violin
- Composition

- Composition
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English
- French
- Hungarian

Teaching Philosophy

Music for me is a joy to teach, and therefore I believe it should be a joy to learn. I endeavour to develop a whole musician, not just a robot who will read symbols off a page, but a human being who understands and feels the sounds that they are creating. With young children I try and keep the lessons child-centred by using their voices (speaking and singing), their bodies playfully through games and other activities in order to understand the music that they will play on their instrument. As the child grows, I try and continue using age-appropriate activities (singing and clapping still comes in very handy!) in order to develop their musicianship skills.
Playing an instrument involves intricate physical activity, therefore I believe in developing proper technique from the very start so that frustrating habits do not slow the student down later on. No matter at what age the student begins I try to help them develop the correct technique in a friendly manner, using creativity and imagery as much as possible.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages, and including adult beginners and adolescents. Music is about self-expression, and as we live in a fast-paced and chaotic world, this form of art can help remove ourselves from it all if at least temporarily. Therefore my goal is to help students achieve their goals, through motivating and properly training them with respect to their individuality and individual needs.

Musical Education

SOAS University of London - Master of Music, Performance
Birmingham Conservatoire - Master of Music, Composition
Wilfrid Laurier University - Bachelor of Music

Special Skills and Training

I have wide-ranging experience with various teachers and methodologies in Europe and North America and am also well-trained in music theory and solfege (Kodaly). While I am experienced in orchestral and chamber music performance, I am also able to perform and teach in a wide variety of styles including Classical. Baroque, Cape Breton (Celtic), Middle Eastern, Mediterranean/Latino, and some Jazz. I have some experience in both free and more structured improvisational styles Teacher Training courses I participated in: 2013 Colourstrings Level 2A Violin Teacher Training Course, Austria 2012 -Music Kindergarten with Mark Schneider -Teaching Musicianship at the Piano, Stepping Notes Music School, UK 2009, 2011 -Kodaly Workshops, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK 2009 -Colourstrings Kindergarten Level 1 Teacher Training Course, London 2008 -Colourstrings Forum Violin Teacher Training Course (Level 1), Helsinki, Finland 2008 -Diploma in Music Pedagogy Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary


30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher


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).