Christopher - Teacher #1701

Instruments:
- Cello

Languages:
- Cantonese
- English

Teaching Philosophy

Focusing and practicing is keen to a person's success not only in music, but in every field. I believe that whoever learns music will learn how to become more focused on every single activity they are doing. After my masterclass with Juilliard professor Richard Aaron, I have come to a realization that scales are so important. I believe that scales is the most basis of all music and if we cannot even perfect a scale, we can never perfect a piece. Scales are like the foundation of life, it is like adding and subtracting for math. Without the basic fundamentals on how to calculate, there is no way one is able to solve an algebraic equation. Although practicing is very important, I believe that loving the thing you do is the most important. Therefore, I will make lessons very interesting by incorporating laughter and inspirational stories to the lesson. All of my lessons begin with scales in order to maintain our hand shape and our basic techniques then later on to the most enjoyable part, making music.

Musical Education

I am currently a student at the University of Toronto -Bachelor of Music in Performance. I have completed my ARCT practical with a mark of 92 but I have not received the diploma yet as I have not finished my theory. I started piano when I was 6 years old and finished Grade 10 piano at the age of 12 and started studying cello right after I finished piano. Thus, I have learned the cello for 6 years now and I am currently studying with renowned cellist, Shauna Rolston. I have attended many masterclasses and festivals studying under Richard Aaron, Laurence Lesser, Phillipe Muller, Johannes Moser and many more.

Awards and Distinctions

-Highest mark in Grade 9 Cello for RCM in Ontario and Quebec
-graduated with the Bob and Lorna Richardson Music Scholarship from Unionville High School
-recipient of two four-year scholarships, the Peter A. Goulding and Frank (Barry) White String Scholarship and the Mamie May Scholarship
-recipient of an in-course scholarship, Laura Kinton Muir Prize
-placed first in two different quartets, the Arts Unionville Quartet and the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra Quartet, in the Kiwanis Music Festival
-in the Kiwanis Music Festival, placed 1st and 3rd place in two Grade 10 Cello classes
-obtained First Class Honour in Distinction for ARCT Cello
-former principal cellist of the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orcestra
-current principal cellist of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Special Skills and Training

My mom is an opera singer, vocal and piano teacher; thus, I was born into a musical family and I grew up with music. I was luckily born with perfect pitch; thus, pitch became very natural for me. I started off with the piano and later on switched to the cello because I fell in love with the deep-loving sound of the cello. Although I started cello when I was 12, I finished ARCT Cello in 5 years time. I trained primarily at home, I did not join many competitions and festivals because I did not have enough time to as I had to get ready for university auditions. Then, I started teaching and I fell in love with teaching because it made me realize that teaching can not only help others, but it can help yourself as well.

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).