Vanessa - Teacher #2960

- Bass Clarinet
- Clarinet

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is a fundamental part of my being as well as the being of everyone. We all have rhythm and sound as a core part of us, from our heartbeat to our breathing. Formal music training only brings out what already exists within our bodies, no matter what genre we learn.
Successful learning in any subject is always dependent on how much fun the learner has. I make certain that any student learns without unnecessary stress. Every student, young or old, will be given the same level of respect and dignity. Music should never be a cause of stress, as it is a respite for the mind and body.

Musical Education

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music from The University of British Columbia, which included performance classes in Clarinet playing.
I studied piano from ages 7-18, and clarinet from ages 11-21. My piano and theory teacher was awarded the prestigious Teacher of Distinction award by the Royal Conservatory of Music, an award given to only 10 music teachers in Canada each year. I studied clarinet in his studio where he is the principal. I then went on to study clarinet under some accomplished clarinettists at The University of British Columbia.


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).