Karmen - Teacher #1800

Instruments:
- Piano

Services:
- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

Every student is unique. Each child has limitless potential, and has a skill that is waiting to shine through. I believe that music is love in search of a word. It is very beautiful, and is more than just notes on a page. Being able to express oneself with music is such a treasure and I hope to fill your home with rich, beautiful music.

My lessons always begin with the fundamentals. Scales, and exercises. The fundamentals are a great foundation to any musical journey, and help make the trip much smoother.

I always want my students to have fun and enjoy what they are playing, as well as challenging them to expand their horizons. A well rounded musician is very important. Music is so good for your mind and body, and have such great mental and physical benefits.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. - Victor Hugo

Musical Education

I currently have a Diploma which I received from Douglas College for Performing Arts - Music. My classes included ear training, performance, ensemble classes, composition, theory, and composition.

I started playing piano when I was 4 and was originally taught by my grandmother until I was age 14, at which point she found a professional teacher for me. My musical education flourished with my teacher of 12 years. She is from Russia, and currently holds a Bachelor's Degree as well as a Master's degree in Music. She was able to train me both in playing and listening skills. Furthermore, she mentored me and helped pave my path to my musical career. I have participated in piano competitions, including an international competition in Seattle.

Awards and Distinctions

Highschool music award - Grade 11
2nd Place 701A Piano - Senior Division -- Kiwanis Music Competition 2013
3rd Place 710B Piano - Senior Division -- Kiwanis Music Competition 2013

Special Skills and Training

I have participated in competitions as a youth. I have completed RCM levels in piano, as well as theory. My private study with my teacher was the fundamental portion of education that I received to get me where I am today. Competing and preparing for RCM exams was such a great experience and definitely helped me develop as a performer. I really enjoy helping students prepare as best as possible for the experience of an exam. It is such an exciting (and nerve racking) experience, but feels so good to finish and receive a certificate of your accomplishments as a musician.

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).