Alicia - Teacher #2169

Instruments:
- Singer-Songwriter
- Ukulele
- Voice

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that ANYONE can sing, and ANYONE can express themselves through music. After years of experience, both as an arts educator, and as a professional performer, I have come to develop specificity within my own technique that allows me to understand my voice muscularly, finding ways to sing any style, maintaining vocal health and without putting limitations on my voice. This personal clarity has changed me as a performer, but has fuelled my work as an educator. It is one of my greatest joys to provide students with the same discoveries and confidence in their singing.

Singing can be a very personal thing - an expression within oneself - so it’s my priority in lessons to provide a safe and fun space for learning. In my unique lessons, I give students the tools to confidently approach their singing and vocal performance with autonomy, honesty, personality and individuality. This approach has allowed me to adapt my lessons for students of all ages. While I am a passionate performer, my time working with others, sharing my passion and inspiring students in my vocal lessons has been my greatest joy. I’m excited to discover with you!

Musical Education

I have an MA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of the top conservatory programs in the world. Before that, i did my undergrad at Randolph College, here in Toronto, where I received my performance diploma in musical theatre. While studying at both of these programs, I trained my voice specifically in a multitude of styles, and have mastered classical, broadway, jazz and pop/rock vocal styles.
I have been studying performance and performing in general since I was 6 years old. I trained my voice with RCM certified teachers in high school, and performed in celebrated and award winning vocal jazz choir, the C Flats, winning multiple accolades including a Maestro Soloist Award through The Heritage Music Festival in Boston in 2012.
Since receiving my master’s in 2015, I have been working around the world, professionally as a performer, as a gigging jazz vocalist, actor-musician and musical theatre performer. My performance resume is extensive but I have performed in operettas, new musicals, broadway classics and jukebox shows, covering a variety of styles.

Special Skills and Training

I have worked as an arts educator for over 10 years, teaching performance, leading musical theatre classes, glee clubs, assistant directing theatre, mentoring young performers, running private voice lessons, educating at camps, workshops and masterclasses. While I am primarily a voice teacher, performance is always an important element of my teaching, and I love to explore storytelling and personal connection to a piece. I also teach ukulele and beginner guitar, encouraging singers to self accompany and broaden their musical skills. I want to inspire students to share their stories, and I have experience assisting in the creation of students own original writing. I believe that theory elements are also important in musical education, and want to help students to familiarize themselves with rudimentary concepts, rhythm, intervals, ear training, reading music, musical terms, 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).