Mike - Teacher #2042

Instruments:
- Piano
- Singer-Songwriter
- Voice

Services:
- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM
- 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

Languages:
- English
- French
- German
- Italian
- Mandarin
- Russian
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

Overall, I believe in matching your inner creative talents with the musical and personal skills to support them. This includes developing strong musicianship, a strong work ethic and most importantly a joy for studying, practicing, and performing music!

I'm highly trained classically in piano, voice, and theatre, enabling me to teach you whatever genre you desire - I let the students direct the lessons to the goals and music they want to study and perform. Because it is your lesson, not mine!

Important piano essentials include note reading, music theory, and strong technique.

Important voice and acting essentials include developing breath control, warmup routine, and body awareness.

I'm currently accepting online students from any location and also those in person with COVID-19 safety protocols in both Toronto and Montréal (although I'm primarily based physically in Toronto at the moment).

Musical Education

I hold a Masters in Music (MMus), Opera & Voice Performance from McGill's Schulich School of Music. I also have an Honours Bachelor's (HBMus) in Voice Performance with High Distinction from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University with double minors in Italian & German studies. I have also completed three ARCT Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Voice, Piano, and Speech Arts & Drama Performance. Beyond my musical training, I also have a premed degree - Honour's Bachelor's (BScH) in Biomedical Science with Distinction from the University of Guelph.

Awards and Distinctions

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Masters (CGM) Joseph-Armand Scholarship $17,500
Schulich School of Music Opéra McGill Scholarship, Shapiro Opera & Graduate Excellence Fellowships $17,000
OMFA Ontario Provincial Finals: 1st Place, Advanced Speech Arts
Royal Conservatory Gold Medal, Voice
NATS Ontario Auditions Winner
William Thomson Scholarship
Concordia Scholarship in German
UoG College Roll of Distinction
UoG Dean’s Honour Roll
Iqbal Badhwar Memorial Award
Harold & Violet Seegmiller Award

Special Skills and Training

I'm an incredibly versatile multi-disciplinary performer - with international credits as an opera singer, pianist, actor, and educator of music, drama, languages, sciences, and maths. I have performed for audiences across Canada, Finland, Australia, and USA. I have trained in Italy at the Rossini Opera Festival and through private studies in Venice. I speak 7 languages and have performed in 10 as a classical singer - ask me which! 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 bonus is that I accompany my voice and instrumental students as I am also an accomplished pianist - no extra pianist required for competitions, exams, festivals, etc. :)

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).