Victor Alberto - Teacher #2078

Instruments:
- Violin

Services:
- Dictation
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Suzuki

Languages:
- English
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

Growing up I was taught with the Suzuki method that involves learning many music pieces from different books and you require to learn progressively to level up. The 1st book is for the youngest (or students that are just starting) and as the student improves he can learn other musical pieces from other levels, such as the 3th, 4th of even 8th book. I will use this methodology that I am very familiar with since it has helped me develop and perfection my technique across my years growing up and practicing this beautiful instrument. I will use this as my core of teaching, however, I acknowledge that not all my teachers used this method with me. Some were more technique inclined and I had to practice studies from different authors and do exercises like arpeggios and scales that reinforced this. So I am very familiar of ways to improve the technique of my student if necessary or requested.
Furthermore, I believe that the violin is an instrument that requires plenty of passion when played, and for me to be considered a good violinist is not only of playing the right notes but to express the right emotions in each section of a song or musical piece, as the compositor intended. My goal will be for my student to be a good interpreter and for him to acquire the confidence and an adequate style to perform for many people in the best way possible. Since I have been in a musical environment most of my life interacting with other students ranging from all ages, I believe that I can easily distinguish the strengths and weakness of each of my future students and help them achieve the most of their potential. I also allow my students to choose songs that they want to learn during a certain time so we set up goals that keeps them motivated of learning more. I think it is worth mentioning that having the opportunity of learning this instrument was an amazing experience for me, that has opened so many doors and allowed me to meet different people from numerous cultures. Finally, practicing the violin has allowed me to develop more sensitivity, creativity, discipline and confidence, which will only help me for my new path as a future economist,

Musical Education

I have attended the National Conservatory of Peru from 2009-2014 and took the IB Standard Level Music course in high school from 2016-2017 achieving an 100% in Violin Performance. Also, I studied violin in Newton College in Lima for 12 years (2005-2017), where I was a member of the orchestra and became the concertino (main violin) for the year 2016-2017. I have practiced the violin for 15 years (since I was 5 years old) and have been taught by the most exceptional violinists in Peru, learning from the different methodologies of 6 violin teachers throughout my life. Due to the diverse background of my mentors I grasped different styles and techniques from different countries such as Russia, Romania, Finland, United States, Cuba and Peru. Also that helped me develop a multicultural perspective of learning the violin and to adapt to distinct cultural environments. I also performed in more than 60 contests and concerts, as a soloist and with the orchestra of my school. Throughout my studies I have mostly learned Classical music from the romantic, baroque and classical periods, and folk music from my home country and my teacher's countries as well.
I am currently in my third year of undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia studying in the Bachelor of International Economics program with a minor in Statistics.

Awards and Distinctions

London College of Music Examinations: Violin - Grade 8 Leisure Play - 99% (Distinction grade)
London College of Music Examinations: Violin - Grade 7 Leisure Play - 96% (Distinction grade)
London College of Music Examinations: Ensemble - Level 3 - (Distinction grade)
London College of Music Examinations: Ensemble - Level 2 - (Distinction grade)
Music Award (awarded to the Best student in Music (Violin) from 1st to 6th Orchestra - Newton College
Certificate by Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC) Orchestra in 2015
Certificate of Studies in the National Conservatory of Music: 2010-2013
IB Diploma Music Standard Level - 6 grade (100% in Violin Performance)

Special Skills and Training

I have tutored from a couple of years, mostly children around 5-7 years old since 2018. I also took the London School of Music Examinations as a soloist and with the ensemble, achieving a Distinction grade (90-100%) in all of them. Finally I also belonged to the LAHC orchestra in 2015, where they choose the best musicians from the schools part of this association of Latinamerican schools.

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).