Stella - Teacher #2180

Instruments:
- Piano

Services:
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

Languages:
- English
- Mandarin
- Taiwanese

Teaching Philosophy

I am friendly and make my lessons enjoyable for you depending on your reason for taking the lessons. I teach mostly classical and often incorporate pop music, Disney cartoon, Broadway musicals or seasonal classics in the lesson.

I will teach you the way that will help you build both a good technical foundation and lasting interest in piano. The last thing I want is for students to learn piano and it never becomes useful to them in their life. I hope your piano playing will be beneficial to you in your life, either emotionally, socially or financially. Emotionally, I hope your piano playing will help you release your emotions and calm your mind for good emotional and mental health. Socially, I hope it will become a fun activity for you and your friends at social gatherings. Financially, I hope you will find piano an in-demand, hard earned, highly valued skill that can give you income if you choose to teach professionally.

Musical Education

I hold the ARCT Teaching Diploma and ARCT Performer's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. I was trained to teach by Edward Parker, a renowned piano teacher in Burnaby who also taught his talented nephews and son who are now celebrated concert pianists ("The Three Parkers") in Canada.

I started learning piano from the age of 5 under the Yamaha system in Taiwan. When I immigrated to Canada in my early teens, I switched to the RCM curriculum. My parents were not around much when I was studying music so Mrs. Parker's wife, also my Performance teacher, was like a music parent to me.

Special Skills and Training

I have a wide range of teaching experience ranging from very young beginners, adult beginners, serious students progressing through RCM exams, retirees looking to pick up piano again and mentally disabled. Each person has different reasons for studying the piano and each person has different potential obstacles for studying the piano. So I take time to get to know the student and make tailored piano lessons for them that will maximize their music experience. I remember very clearly that my piano teacher in Taiwan (age 7-12) had many paintings in her studio. Each painting represented a different musical style. For example, Debussy's music is reflected in Monet's impressionist paintings. These types of exposure gave me a deep appreciation of the Arts and I hope to use visual paintings and images to help students interpret the mood and feeling of a music piece. To have experiential learning, I have travelled to Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest to visit Mozart, Beethoven and Lizst's apartments and local music organizations. I brought back souvenirs and Mozart chocolates for my students to encourage and inspire them on their music journey.

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).