Melanie - Teacher #1976

- Accordion

- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

My many years of experience teaching has confirmed my belief that all people are capable of learning to play an instrument, and you do not have to be "musically" inclined to succeed at learning. Age also, my youngest ever was 3 years old and my oldest started at 86! He did amazing! I am constantly told how patient and passionate I am with my students and truly only want them to succeed at their goals.

Musical Education

Attended United Conservatory of Music and Royal Conservatory of Music from 1971 to 1981 for Accordion and Theory Rudiments and Harmony.
Certificates from both Schools.
Principal teacher Ms. Beverly Fess and Antonio Peruch. I was very fortunate to learn from two amazing accordionists and teachers who both helped me realize my path to teaching!

Awards and Distinctions

Medal 1975 UCM Festival - First place Solo. 1978 First place in Teachers division for solo. My students received awards for solos and quartet.

Special Skills and Training

My entire growing up was in music lessons. Accordion, Piano, Organ, Theory and violin. It was amazing. Numerous concerts, festivals and a chance to play on our local TV station Kiddie's on Camera! Music lessons kept me grounded and gave me a lot of confidence in life. I wish that for any new student.


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).