Olivia - Teacher #2556

Instruments:
- Piano
- Violin
- Voice

Services:
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- 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
- Suzuki

Languages:
- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

Ever since I can remember, music has been an integral part of my life. Whether it be singing in the shower, playing with other musicians, or performing professionally - I cannot imagine my life without it. I believe this applies to everyone, whether they realize it or not. Music is a fundamental part of being human, which is what I strive to remind my students of in every lesson. Besides this, I believe that an education in music offers a well-rounded approach to other academic subjects, and a physical challenge equal to that of a competitive athlete. Whether a student plans to pursue music professionally or as a hobby, I am passionate about teaching and I approach my work with a mind to teaching the whole person and artist.

The most important thing to me is that a student loves what they are playing, and finds joy in learning music. I strive to guide my students towards technical excellence while maintaining a well-rounded understanding of music and a desire for continual learning. My studio functions on the principles of mutual respect, welcoming people of all identities, kindness to oneself and to each other, and a love of music.

Musical Education

I hold an Honours, BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University, where I studied Voice Performance with James McLean. I am now continuing my studies at Laurier with Leslie Fagan, in the Opera Diploma program. In addition to my vocal studies, I studied violin and piano from the ages of 6 to 18, and I hold certificates in RCM Level 10 violin, and RCM Level 8 piano. My teacher, Therese Motard, is an international concert cellist and a graduate of the Juilliard School.
I have years of performance experience in many genres of music, and on several instruments. During my time at Laurier, I have worked as a TA in theory and musical skills, and have experience teaching voice, violin and piano.

Awards and Distinctions

Recipient, McCall MacBain Scholarship Regional Award - 2021;
Shortlisted at WLU, Rhodes Scholarship - 2021;
Recipient, Maureen Forrester Music Scholarship - 2021;
Finalist, Laurier Concerto Competition - 2021;

Special Skills and Training

Stratford Summer Music, Vocal Academy Art Song (2021); Opera from Scratch, Halifax (2022). I have worked for 6 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor, as well as having experience as a supply teacher in grades JK-8. These experiences have provided me with the ability to tailor educational programs to students of all ages.

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).