Kristen - Teacher #1836

Instruments:
- Piano

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

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

While I have a passion for music my greatest passion lies in music education. What good is all this education and experience I’ve gained over the years if I can’t share it with others? Music is the universal language and it can be found all over the world in one form or another whether that be in nature, a bustling street corner or in a concert hall- music is everywhere. Having a music education is a very important and an integral part of a child's development. One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a music teacher is having the ability to nourish their development and watch the student grow.

Every student has different goals and reasons for seeking a music education. This is the reason I ensure great communication between myself, the student, and the parents and custom each lesson towards the students goals. During our first lesson we will discuss and write down short and long term goals creating a plan to work towards. As a music educator I make it my goal to ensure a comfortable, light-hearted teaching environment which is custom-tailored to fit the needs of the student.

Musical Education

I started my formal education in music from the young age of 4. As a child and into my teenage years I progressed on the piano and in voice. I took piano lessons from a sought after festival adjudicator and RCM examiner from Southern Alberta and won many awards under her mentorship. In piano I have completed all theory requirements for the ARCT and was in the process of preparing the practical portion of my ARCT when I developed tendinitis in both my wrists, leaving me unable to continue. During this time I discovered my love for Musical Theatre and started working with mentors in the industry on different musicals/projects as a musician in the pit orchestras and/or leading vocal ensemble rehearsals as assistant vocal director. I also have been working towards an undergrad in fine arts and have future goals of completing my Masters in Conducting.

Special Skills and Training

Music was all around my household growing up. My mom taught piano and my grandfather played an array of different instruments. I started competing at age 6 and competed in multiple festivals every year until I turned 20. I had a very good festival career going to provincials and winning many scholarships and first places both in piano and voice. With my extensive musical theatre background I have lots of experience teaching actors to sing or singers to play piano for themselves. I also have certification in the Kelly Kirby Kindergarten teaching method which is for early-learners age 3-6 and for students with special needs. It forms a well thought-out extensive foundation of music education by using story, movement, and games to learn important musical concepts. Completion of the program creates an excellent base for the student to continue on piano or to pick up a new instrument!

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).