Nathaniel - Teacher #2293

Instruments:
- Singer-Songwriter
- Voice

Services:
- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

Languages:
- English

Teaching Philosophy

Singing for me is the ultimate form of expression, it's a really scary and intimate thing to try and trust, but has amazing results when properly trained. I've found that proper vocal training ends up paying off in other areas of life, such as confidence in public speaking and various other social situations.

My teaching intends to expand on natural functions of the body, such as breath, voice, and language. I emphasize things remaining as natural feeling as possible, which isn't to say we won't be pushing certain boundaries to discover new things in a voice, yet singing should ultimately feel as easy and simple as speaking does. As such, singing lessons are very dependent on trust between teacher and student, as there is no physical instrument to correct or demonstrate on. There has to be an open dialogue from both sides to be able to discuss what went well or not and why things may have felt that way.

I teach some beginner elements of vocal pedagogy and function as well, as I feel that having some knowledge can be very helpful in understanding why things are happening a certain way when they either feel good or bad.

Musical Education

I have a Bachelor of Music from McGill University where I was involved quite a bit in the opera productions, performing roles such as Papageno in the Magic Flute and Harry Easter in Street Scene.

I've been studying voice privately going on 10 years, my training has been primarily classical but I have experience as well in choral music, musical theatre, jazz and pop.

Special Skills and Training

I have experience performing staged operas, musical theatre, jazz, choral music, singer-songwriter, as well as non musical plays. I currently sing professionally for the Grammy winning Shaar Hashomayim synagogue choir, as well as gig professionally in opera and oratorio works. I hope to being able to bring these experiences into my teaching, whether that be through technique or being able to pass on advice and experiences for someone trying to do similar things.

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).