Melanie - Teacher #1976

- Accordion

- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

With many years of teaching experience, I firmly believe that everyone can learn to play an instrument, regardless of their initial musical inclination. Age is no obstacle, as I've successfully taught students as young as 3 and as mature as 86. My passion and patience shine through as I guide my students toward their goals, ensuring a joyful and fulfilling musical journey for each of them. Music is a universal language, and I'm honored to help my students discover its wonders and enrich their lives through its beauty and expression.

Musical Education

During the years 1971 to 1981, I had the privilege of attending both the United Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music, where I studied Accordion and Theory Rudiments and Harmony. I earned certificates from both schools, a testament to my dedication and passion for music.

Under the guidance of my principal teachers, Ms. Beverly Fess and Antonio Peruch, I received exceptional instruction from two incredible accordionists and teachers. Their mentorship played a pivotal role in shaping my musical journey and ultimately led me to discover my path as a teacher. I am immensely grateful for the valuable lessons and inspiration they provided me, and I am eager to pass on the same dedication and love for music to my own students.

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

Growing up surrounded by music lessons was truly an amazing experience for me. I had the opportunity to explore various instruments such as the Accordion, Piano, Organ, and Violin, and I also delved into the world of music theory. The journey was filled with numerous concerts, exciting festivals, and even a chance to showcase my talent on our local TV station Kiddie's on Camera! Music lessons played a significant role in shaping who I am today. They kept me grounded and provided me with a sense of confidence that has been invaluable throughout my life. As a music teacher, my deepest wish is to pass on this gift of confidence and love for music to every new student I have the privilege of teaching. It is my hope that through music, they too can find joy, self-assurance, and a passion that will stay with them forever.


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).