Rita - Teacher #1033

Instruments:
- Piano

Services:
- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

Welcome to my page!
I have been teaching piano and theory since 1997 within the communities of Delta, BC and Toronto, ON.
During this time, I have had the pleasure of working with students of varying ages and skill levels. I have had students who are beginners as young as 5, students who have reached pre-professional competition levels, as well as everyone in between!
Generally, I will follow the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum, which covers a vast array of wonderful repertoire. There is so much great music to learn, so I strive to make sure my students are playing the pieces they enjoy.
If a student would rather take recreational lessons, that is a pleasure for me to teach as well. Goals will be set at the start of lessons, and mutually agreed upon between myself, the student and parents.
I strive to maintain an enjoyable environment, showing how fun and wonderful music can be, while making all the work to get there feel like a joy. Music is an awesome gift to give your child and yourself, with positive effects that will last throughout your lives.

Musical Education

Glenn Gould Conservatory of Music - Masters of Music
University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Music

Awards and Distinctions

As a composer, one of my solo piano pieces, Dream States: Hypnogogic, is on the syllabus for the Davenport Festival for Contemporary Canadian Composers, under the Grade 10-ARCT category.
Piscador was used in the Winnipeg based drug awareness film, Intervention, in 2008.
Time Series III: G minor, was used in the trailer in the 2010 Tibetan-Canadian film, Unpredictable life.

Special Skills and Training

Art of Teaching Conference, RCM

Rates

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

Policies


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).