Annabelle - Teacher #314

- Piano
- Drumset
- Marimba
- Percussions
- Vibraphone
- Xylophone

- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)

- Croatian
- English
- Mandarin

Teaching Philosophy

I am inspired by many of my fantastic, wonderful teachers I have had in the past and found they have one thing in common: they are all extremely dedicated, driven and most importantly, passionate with music.
In my opinion, the best way of teaching that can most benefit students is to inspire them from within to learn with passion. From my teaching experience, I find that passion is such an important ingredient - because music is passion in the form of sound.
It is the passion that drives them to learn, to practice (which is so important), and expand their horizon in music. I am passionate with my music and what I do, and with the experience and education that I have, I can provide a customized teaching style to best suit each student's individual learning style to maximize their learning experience.

I am most fortunate to have Dr. Sal Ferreras, now Dean of Arts in Vancouver Community College, and Vern Griffiths, Principal Percussionist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as my principal instructors in UBC. I also had the great opportunity to play in masterclasses held by world acclaimed soloists such as Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Chen Zimbalista, Evenlyn Glennie, and principal percussionist from major symphony orchestras such as John Rudolph from the Toronto Symphony.

Musical Education

Masters of Music - UBC
Bachelor of Music - UBC
RCM Grade 10, Piano
ABRSM (United Kingdom) Grade 8 (Distinction), Piano

Awards and Distinctions

Mildred Johnson Memorial Scholarship, M.Mus, UBC
Sharon Louise Brewster Memorial Scholarship, B.Mus, UBC
BC Millenium Scholarship, 2006
BC District Music Scholarship, 2003

Special Skills and Training

Yes, I've taken numerous workshops from world famous musicians and have experience giving workshops to many highschools in Greater Vancouver. Performance Experience: Vancouver Symphony, Prince George Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Vancouver Academy, Vancouver Youth Symphony, UBC Symphony, UBC Opera Symphony, Theatre Under The Stars, Gilbert and Sullivan Society.


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).