Zepherine - Teacher #1894

Instruments:
- Harp

Services:
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

Languages:
- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

There are three main elements that I focus on as a teacher; constructive and positive environments, respecting and understanding students’ unique self, and to encourage creativity and enjoyment in music performance.

As a growing musician, I found that I blossomed in environments that provided challenges and positivity. I think it is important for students to feel safe in studio as this can help them build their confidence in what they do. Equally, I also understand the importance of constructive criticism and making mistakes. Due to my own learning experiences, I encourage students to be unafraid of making mistakes as this is the best way that they can learn to improve themselves. I think it is important to understand and respect students for who they are. Whether a student is pursuing music as a future career or looking for a new hobby, I think they should be respected whichever path they choose to take. In the case of younger students, I make sure to understand their personality to shape lessons in a way that is engaging and that can highlight positive learning processes. Finally, I am also driven to help students to enjoy the process of creating music. I am receptive to exploring different styles of music to help a student find their confidence and spark their further appreciation of the harp.

Musical Education

My formal music training began on the violin at the age of five and by the age of seven, I had incorporated playing the harp. In addition to receiving private training on the harp, I also performed within a harp and orchestral ensemble with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy until the age of 18. Selected to receive an entrance scholarship, I began studying at McGill University in the 2016 and have completed three years of a four-year bachelor’s degree program in harp performance.

I currently study under Jennifer Swartz, the harp professor at McGill University. Previous harp teachers include, Lucile Brais-Hildesheim, Michelle Gott, and Caroline Leonardelli. I also attended Canterbury High School, a specialized arts institution, where I participated in a four-year intensive vocal program. I received private vocal lessons during this time and for the past five years have incorporated my vocal repertoire with the harp.

Awards and Distinctions

• Performed the Swan Lake ballet by Tchaikovsky with the Westmount youth orchestra in the summer of 2018
• Performed for a Relay for Life event in the summer of 2018
• Entrance scholarship for McGill
• Raised 8000$ in a crowd funding campaign to raise money for purchasing an orchestral pedal harp
• Kiwanis Music Festival Awards for performance in harp and solo voice

Special Skills and Training

During the summer of 2017, I participated in the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Powell River, British Columbia. I also successfully auditioned for the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar in Atlanta in the summer of 2015. I have received private lessons from Caroline Leonardelli, Lucile Brais Hildesheim, Michelle Gott, Jennifer Swartz, and private voice lessons from Megan McPhee. I performed in several choirs and orchestral ensembles including the Ottawa Children’s Choir and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. During the summer of 2016 I volunteered for MASC for a literary workshop for children. I shadowed under children’s book writer Marie-Louise Gay for a day and helped children with activities. Other experiences include working for the Nepean summer arts camps as a counselor where I was responsible for children from ages five to fourteen. I have also worked as a harp counselor for a summer camp with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy where I taught both privately and in large ensembles. To spread word of the harp program at OYOA, I participated in outreach performances for children with Michelle Gott.

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).