Mike - Teacher #2042

- Piano
- Singer-Songwriter
- Voice

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Harmony
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Analysis
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Counterpoint
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege

- English
- French
- German
- Italian
- Mandarin
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

Music is a tremendous joy, but it takes hard work, joy, and talent. Note that I put talent last - though it is important, it's what we can't control and is not nearly as important as the hours of work we must devote to practice and study as well as to maintaining a positive, curious mindset, which is easier said than done some days!

For pianists, note reading, music theory, and strong technical facility are important. For singers of all genres, breath control, registration, and good posture & alignment are foundations in addition to familiarity with IPA, diction, and music history for classical singers. Warmups are incredibly important and how we will begin each lesson, in particular for singers and actors because for us, we ARE our instrument!

I am also flexible in my practice and repertoire demands for each student. One size does not fit all, as I know from first-hand experience! There is often so much happening in the lives of my students, who are often juggling full-time school, social life, and other extracurriculars! I am happy to tailor lessons, practice schedules, and repertoire to students & parents and their needs. That said, a commitment to trying one's best and regular practice are important in maintaining growth and progress as a musician while curiosity and initiative are important in fostering a love for music and for life in general. Learning music well makes us better students of life, I believe. :)

Musical Education

I hold four degrees:
* Sir Wilfrid Laurier University: Honours Bachelor's (HBMus) in Voice Performance with High Distinction, double minors in Italian & German studies
* University of Guelph: Honour's Bachelor's (BScH) in Biomedical Science with Distinction
* Royal Conservatory of Music: ARCT Diploma in Voice Performance
* Royal Conservatory of Music: ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance

Currently, I am completing a Masters (MMus) in Opera & Voice Performance on a full scholarship at McGill University supported by the Shapiro Opera & Graduate Excellence Fellowships as well as a third ARCT Diploma in Speech Arts & Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Special Skills and Training

Hard work, versatility, and passion are hallmarks of my performing and teaching career. An opera singer, pianist, actor, and educator of music, drama, languages, sciences, and maths, I see the relations between disciplines rather than boundaries. I have performed in engagements across Canada, Australia, and New York. I have trained in Italy at the Rossini Opera Festival and through private studies in Venice with Verdi baritone Mauro Augustini. I speak and teach in six languages and have performed in nine as a classical singer, with a special interest in Slavic repertoire. I have been teaching and accompanying since the age of 15, and as a result, have a deep love for both learning and education. A special benefit is that I can accompany voice and instrumental students as I am also an accomplished pianist - no extra pianist required for competitions, exams, festivals, etc. :)


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).