Gwendolyne - Teacher #1936

- Piano
- Singer-Songwriter
- Viola
- Violin

- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege
- Suzuki

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

My father was an English Adult Ed. teacher his entire career, as well a musician (piano, organ and voice) and Gregorian Chant expert. My mother also worked for the school board (most notably the CSDM) in administration, but also acquired basic piano and music theory skills throughout her youth. Music and schooling has therefore always been a part of my life and fundamental to my being. I want my students to be intrigued by their instruments, by music, and the theory behind it.

I normally start each lesson with a revision of scales, using different bowings (single notes, 2-4 notes per bow, etc.), followed by a study. I regularly ask my students to name the notes on the staff before playing them (treble clef), or which note values are written, how to count them, etc. whether it be in their studies or pieces, as a regular revision of theory. I may also ask my students to sing the notes instead of playing them too, since solfège is an equally essential part of music. I'm normally very upbeat and bubbly, and try to make music and instrument learning as fun as possible with repetition.

Musical Education

My musical training began as a young child at home with my father on piano and voice. At the age of nine, I began private violin lessons with Rimma Finkelstein at the Italmelodie music school. I continued my music studies at Vanier College where I studied violin performance with Sylvie Allaire, piano with Jocelyne Tremblay and classical voice with Tamara Vickerd-Armstrong. I was also part of the Vanier College Choir (alto voice), as well as instrumental ensembles (on violin and viola). My Bachelor's of Music was obtained in 2014 from the University of Montréal in violin, where I studied with Vladimir Landsman. I was part of the baroque ensemble for three years on violin and viola as well as the university choir (alto voice).

Special Skills and Training

-Administrative skills -Basic acting skills (I've been working as an extra since 2015 in various movies and TV shows) -Customer service and retail skills


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).