Polina - Teacher #2409

- Piano
- Violin

- Harmony
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Analysis
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Counterpoint
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege

- English
- French
- Russian

Teaching Philosophy

Having worked with a diverse range of students from ages 3 to 18, including those from various cultures and linguistic backgrounds, I have developed a unique and achievement-based teaching approach. This approach centers around the idea that success is a continuous and consistent journey, involving a deep understanding of each element within a subject and how they fit together.

I start teaching children from any level, fostering independence in their learning process. Music and Arts demand self-discipline, but they also require a solid foundation provided through guidance. As Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon," and by instilling the purpose of learning, building confidence, and ensuring constant progress without fearing failure, I embrace the essence of this quote.

It's important to note that my teaching philosophy leans towards practicality rather than excessive explanation.

Musical Education

Schulich School of Music
McGill University - Bachelor Degree

I graduated with a major in Piano Performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in 2012. I also completed a minor in music history.

Awards and Distinctions


Special Skills and Training

- Experienced music teacher with over seventeen years of teaching various subjects including piano, violin, theory, and aural training. - Ran a successful private music studio in South Africa, serving students from private and public schools. - Worked as an extra-mural piano teacher in a private international school in Pretoria. - Conducted English lessons for children at Diocesan School for Girls in Pretoria. - Currently tutoring various subjects through the Teach Me 2 South African platform since 2018. - Proficient in studio management, including student progress tracking, invoicing, event organization, and exam preparation. - Demonstrates strong organizational skills, patience, and a positive attitude. - Adaptable to children with different learning needs and abilities. - Embraces a personalized and meticulous teaching-learning process, focusing on comprehension and application rather than just grades. - Committed to sharing knowledge with love and passion.


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


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).