Shirley - Teacher #2602

- Flute
- Piano

- Ear Training
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - History
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is a multifaceted activity that combines the physical, mental, and spiritual. It is my belief that a good musician is therefore one who receives a well rounded musical education that encompasses all these areas.

The Body: I encourage warm-ups, exercises that reinforce technical ease, and overall exploration of healthy movement. Over time, the ear is also attuned to better hear nuances in tone and pitch.
The Mind: Musical theory and history are our most powerful tools for musical analysis. Wherever needed, I help students break down musical pieces for better understanding and to reach true musical expression.
The Spirit: Music is at once a joyous yet strict activity. For each student, I help them find the best ways to "gamify" their learning- to strive for excellence while enjoying the process.

While I broke down these concepts, they are fundamentally one and the same. Boiled to a sentence, it is my hope to help my students to find all the joy there is to be found in music, and to find all the music there is to be found in their lives.

Musical Education

My degrees are:
- Memorial University of Newfoundland - M.Mus in Performance/Pedagogy (studied under Dr Michelle Cheremy). Graduated as Fellow of the School of Graduates for continued academic excellence.
- Queen's Univerisity - B.Mus with distinction (studied under Donelda Gartshore). Upon graduation, was awarded Medal of Music.
- Queen's University - B.Ed University.
- Royal Conservatory of Music - Piano Level 10 Certificate.

Awards and Distinctions

Medal of Music


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).