Sarah Yunji - Teacher #1336

Instruments:
- Piano
- Flute
- Piccolo

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

Languages:
- English
- Korean

Teaching Philosophy

Music is the one of the most important extra curricular activities you can have on college application. Everyone who is applying for Ivy league schools, or the top schools in Canada will have above average GPA. What distinguishes a student from the others is extra curricular activities and achievements outside of school work. Musicians – RCM exams, performing in bands and orchestras – show the commitment, patience, team work, and hard work put in over the years.

Also, there are numerous studies on the relationship between music and the brain. Children who take music lessons concentrate better in school, do better on standardized tests. There are numerous articles that explain the benefit of taking music lessons.

My vast experience in teaching and degrees from prestigious schools such as Carnegie Mellon University and the Manhattan School of Music have provided me the qualification as the perfect teacher for you. My goal is to inspire students to work hard and learn to enjoy playing an instrument. I help them set up realistic goals that they are excited about, and make sure they follow the independent work schedule we set up together. For achieving goals such as getting into the honor band, or getting a good score on RCM exams- I use teaching technique that combines the traditional and unconventional methods to keep my students interested.

I compare learning to play an instruments to playing sports. Just like tennis or golf, proper form and having strong basic skills are important in music. You would not take golf lessons from your neighbor who plays leisurely once a week. If you are looking to improve, you’d take lessons from a golf pro whose job is to play for living, and who knows exactly how to teach people. I will help you build a strong foundation with proper form, avoiding bad habits. This is key for rapid improvement which will eventually help save time and frustration in the long run.

Musical Education

Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelor of Music
Manhattan School of Music - Master of Music

Awards and Distinctions

For over 10 years, I have taught flute and piano lessons for students of all ages and levels in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and New York City. I studied with the legendary flute teacher Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flute of New York Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, and Toronto Symphony. It is my great joy to pass the legacy onto my students.

My former students have been accepted into prestigious music schools in North America such as Juilliard Pre College, University of Ottawa, Mcgill University, and York University. All of my students have scored over 85% on RCM exams. I also teach adults student who want to play for fun, and help them join local bands and community orchestras.

Special Skills and Training

For Beginner students- I help them to learn to play the instrument; from helping them rent/buy their first flute, to assembling the instrument, to making sound on the flute, and learning scales. For Intermediate students- I work with them on strengthening the basics and musicality. I help them prepare for auditions to get into school bands and youth orchestras, and tests in music class. I also organize for the student to compete in local music festival competitions such as Kiwanis Music Festival. For people who are interested in Jazz flute- I have a minor degree in Jazz Performance. I teach jazz scales and how to improvise. For people interested in Theory and basic Piano lessons- I help student learn theory and basic piano skills. Being able to play Piano helps with quicker understanding of theory and music in general. I provide curriculum and lesson plans that combines both Piano and Flute lessons. RCM exam preparation- From performing, playing with a pianist to ear training, I provide thorough preparation for the student to feel 100% confident to walk in to the examination. Advanced student High school students who want to pursue music at the post secondary level and for university students- I can offer fresh perspective on audition and recital preparation. From sound and vibrato to technic, I have very strict teaching regime that will guarantee the huge leap on your skills and musicality. I help students learn and master pieces more efficiently. I also help them with auditions and competitions. What distinguishes me from other professionals and teachers is that I thoroughly prepare my students to perform at their best level in any circumstances.

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).