Catherine - Teacher #1628

- Viola
- Violin

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I am available to teach violin lessons and viola lessons to students of all ages. I understand that each student has unique needs and goals, and I'll cater the repertoire we work on so that the student can flourish. I was taught in the Suzuki and RCM methods and understand the values of both - I'll emphasize a beautiful, natural tone and comfortable physical approach for beginners and expand this into musical and technical development as students advance.

One of the most important things I'll focus on with students is how to practise effectively at home, outside of lessons - this is where most of the progress will happen. Lessons will normally consist of scales and technique, repertoire development and review, listening, and theory/history.

Musical Education

McGill University - Master of Music
Royal Conservatory of Music - Performance Diploma
Thompson Rivers University - Bachelor of Music

Awards and Distinctions

Originally from Calgary, AB, Toronto based violist Catherine Gray is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. In addition, she enjoys a successful freelance career with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Ms. Gray has been featured on CBC Radio, CBC Television, and BBC3, and has been described as "une altiste formidable" (Le Devoir, Montreal).


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).