Amanda - Teacher #2085

- Oboe

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that all students require a unique approach based on their goals and learning styles. Whether you are a serious young performer hoping to pursue a career in music, an adult looking to incorporate music into their life, or a young student starting music lessons for the first time, I would be thrilled to work with you!

Building up technical proficiency and confidence (AKA anxiety-free fun!) on the instrument are key elements of my teaching with any student. I work with my students to set appropriate and obtainable goals so that students can always be successful and see their improvement, without being frustrated or overwhelmed. I also work with students to develop practice techniques and foster a happy relationship with practicing. By studying and practicing an instrument, students will gain self confidence and discipline that will help them in all aspects of their life.

Musical Education

I completed my Bachelor of Music at McGill University, where I studied oboe performance under the instruction of Ted Baskin, principal oboist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. I stayed at McGill to complete my Master of Music in early music performance, where I specialized in baroque repertoire and historical performance under the instruction of Matt Jennejohn.

I have also participated in festivals and young artist programs throughout North America, including the American Bach Soloists Academy, the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute, and Early Music America's Young Performer's festival. I have had the privilege to work with renowned oboists and baroque oboists from around the world including Bert Lucarelli, Alex Klein, Jacqueline Leclair, Debra Nagy, John Abberger, and Alfredo Bernardi.

Special Skills and Training

I have previously taught a music history survey course to first year music students starting school at McGill University. In this course, we gave an overview of all music history from the very beginnings through to today. I have also completed coursework in counterpoint, music theory, and ear training and am pleased to offer tutoring in any of these topics.


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).