Armand - Teacher #1339

Instruments:
- Piano

Languages:
- German
- Persian

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that an encouraging environment is essential to the student's progress. Acknowledging the student's strengths empowers him/her to gain confidence, and suggesting solutions and ideas will motivate the student to further his or her abilities. I try to make my lessons enjoyable, so that the student may develop a positive relationship with music. This will hopefully enrich the student's life with the ability to express him/herself through music.

Musical Education

University of Victoria - Bachelor of Music
University of British Columbia - Master of Music (in progress)

Awards and Distinctions

Winner of the Concerto Competition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. This enabled me to perform the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with orchestra and choir. (2008)
Winner of the Baroque Open Class at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. (2013)
Winner of the Johann Strauss Competition at Uvic, which enabled me to study at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. (2014)
Winner of the City of Victoria Silver Medallion in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, which enabled me to compete at the provincial level. (2014)

Special Skills and Training

Teaching is a part of music that I thoroughly enjoy. I have taught throughout my education and remain a university teaching assistant to this day. I have maintained this in no small part in order to reach my potential as a teacher. I am always eager to further my musical abilities and to strive for excellence. Growing up, I spent youth studying piano and music theory at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. In the summers, I would spend my time attending piano festivals, which gave me the opportunity to study with distinguished pianists. For example, I spent four weeks at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg this summer, which gave me new ways to improve my piano technique. I am eager to pass all of this accumulated knowledge to my students. Being born in Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe, I am also proficient in German and have conversational abilities in French. With a Persian background, I also speak Farsi. I would be delighted to teach in English as well as those languages.

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).