Melissa - Teacher #1817

- Piano
- Voice

- Composition
- Ear Training
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English
- Portugese

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that all musicians deserve the opportunity to play music well and succeed. It is a priority to me that my students learn proper techniques in a fun and enjoyable environment. As a vocal teacher, I will be an advocate for healthy vocal building and will utilize my knowledge of vocal anatomy and diagnostic skills towards the goal of creating better musicians. As a piano teacher, I will be an advocate for proper techniques and theory training to reach the goal of creating a better musician.

Musical Education

I am currently completing my Honours Bachelor Degree in Music (B.Mus.) at McMaster University, with courses pertaining to the foundations of vocal anatomy and healthy techniques, conducting, elementary school music education, and theory/harmony.
I have studied both vocal and piano privately from the age of five until the age of eighteen. I was trained to be versatile, studying classical, jazz and Broadway throughout my practice. I have performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Niagara Jazz festival, Show Choir Canada, and various other events.

Awards and Distinctions

Golden Key Society Member
- within the top 15% academic standing at my university

Special Skills and Training

I have studied various teaching methods, including, Suzuki, Orff, Faber, RCM, and contemporary programs. If a student wishes to complete examinations, I am well equipped to provide them with the support and knowledge to achieve that goal.


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).