Dorian - Teacher #2135

Instruments:
- Composition
- Piano

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

Languages:
- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

As a former student for 20 years, I have keen insight into the struggles and needs of students. I am a firm supporter of creative teaching, which means I adapt my teaching method to suit the students needs. Some students are full of energy and have trouble with attention. These students need a faster paced lesson environment with a regular change of exercise types and the opportunity to explore their own creativity through composition or creative projects.

I am incredibly patient and positive with my students. I believe that every student can succeed with the right amount of patience, work, and support. I teach a lot of adults as well, and I find they sometimes need the most encouragement to believe the truth that they are never too old to learn and play well.

My teaching energy is always passionate and engaged. As both pianist and composer, my love for the beauty of music and how it heals the mind and spirit is the core message of what I teach. I hope to pass down my love of music to my students through my example.

My lessons are a balance of hard work, challenging exercises, as well as laughs and games. I also teach the science of how the brain works when you practise, which allows my students to train themselves to learn their music faster and better! I write most of my own exercises and pieces for all of my beginner students, allowing me to use my creative insights to cater towards their level, needs for improvement, and their musical interests. The results are definitely worth it!

Musical Education

I hold a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Montréal where I studied with Jimmy Brière and attended seminars in Creative Teaching.

I completed my B.Mus. at the University of Ottawa under David Jalbert and Mattieu Gaudet. There I had the chance to sing with a number of professional choirs, coach singers, and tutor younger students in theory and conducting.

I have also been a longtime pupil of Acadian pianist and multidisciplinary artist, Dr. Carl Philippe Gionet as part of his summer collaborative piano workshops in Caraquet, NB. and Breno, Italy.

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).