Jennifer - Teacher #2274

Instruments:
- Piano
- Saxophone

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

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching focuses on listening to where you (the student) wants to go with their artistic expression and assist you on your journey. And if you do not know where you want to go, that's okay! We can explore the many options available together to find your musical vision and voice. It will be an accessible learning environment for people of all ages and all musical backgrounds.

Musical Education

I earned both my Bachelor of Music with Honours (2016) and Master of Music (2020) for Saxophone Performance under the guidance of Dr. Wallace Halladay.

My saxophone studies began with jazz artist, Patrick Hewan, that led me to audition and complete Peel's Regional Arts Program at Mayfield Secondary School. During that time, I also completed my Royal Conservatory of Music Piano and compulsory credits for Level 10 with Khiet Lin and Dr. Koichi Inoue. But prior to any formal music instruction, my mother (who was self-taught) shared with me her knowledge of the piano, mandolin, and Vietnamese zither.

My post-secondary degrees are a testament to my curiosities of the world of contemporary classical saxophone. During my studies, I received opportunities to travel, learn, and perform with world renowned saxophonists and musicians. For example, the European Saxophone University summer intensive program in France, the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival in Japan, and others closer to home. It is my pleasure to share these opportunities with my students and help them grow into their own artistic expressions.

Awards and Distinctions

30 Under 30 Top Classical Musicians, CBC Music | 2020;
Winds Concerto Winner, University of Toronto | 2020;
David & Marcia Beach Summer Study Award, University of Toronto | 2019;
Symphony Orchestra Concerto Winner, University of Toronto | 2019;
Entrance Program Fellowship, University of Toronto | 2018;
Faculty Artists’ Award, University of Toronto | 2015;
David & Marcia Beach Summer Study Award, University of Toronto | 2015;
Kelvin Fraser Shore Award for citizenship | 2012;
UofT Law Youth Summer Program Full Scholarship | 2012

Special Skills and Training

When I'm not working as a musician, I organise with my communities by responding to needs such as mutual aid, sweat equity, volunteer labour, or social issues campaigning. I'm currently fulfilling the capacity of organising community co-designs of an artists co-operative serving queer and racialised communities. For me to work alongside the challenges community members face, I believe it is important for me to educate myself on Indigenous sovereignty, gender-based analysis+, accessibility training, ethical research conduct, and sustainable development advocacy and implementation. These experiences and knowledge enrich my relationships with all people I share space with, including my students. I am better equipped to build and maintaining trusting relationships to be a pillar of support in my students' artistic adventures.

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).