Madeline - Teacher #3146

- Viola
- Violin

- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM - Advanced Rudiments
- RCM - Basic Harmony
- RCM - Basic Rudiments
- RCM - Intermediate Harmony
- RCM - Intermediate Rudiments
- Solfege
- Suzuki

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is able to transcend every aspect of our life, and private violin lessons are about more than learning music. Being a part of your child's growth and development is a gift. I endeavour to create a collaborative environment where the student moves at the pace they set. Every lesson is tailored to their individual needs and goals we set.

As a teacher, I was the director and curriculum developer of the violin program at Arts 4 All Kids, the senior and intermediate instructor at El Sistema South London, and the Twinkle and Suzuki Book 1 teacher at the Forest City School for Talent Education.
My pedagogy is based on the methods of Suzuki, RCM, Kato Havas, Paul Kantor, and Mimi Zweig. I have completed pedagogy courses and advanced studies in all the aforementioned at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Suzuki Institute. I have personally completed RCM examinations in theory and performance.

Musical Education

Throughout my life, I have loved music and the brain. I have been able to study with some amazing teachers and musicians that have shaped who I am today. I am a hard worker and I have had the privilege to pursue my love of knowledge through higher education.

The longer, more professional version is below!

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance with a minor in Psychology and a diploma in Chamber Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying with the Penderecki String Quartet. I also began a Masters of Violin Performance and Literature at Western University. Currently, I am completing a Masters in Science studying the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental health.
I have studied with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of the Penderecki, New Orford, Chiara, and Lafayette string quartets and Duo Concertante.

Special Skills and Training

I began playing the violin at the age of 3, and yes, I still have my tiny violin! I have had the pleasure of playing in ensembles and orchestras across Canada, from BC to Newfoundland, as well as in Bulgaria, Italy, and Germany. I have been a section leader of many orchestras, most notably as the Principal Second violin of the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany, and Concertmaster of Mediterranean Opera Orchestra in Sicily, Italy. I was the Principal Second violin of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra for four seasons, and recently joined the first violin section of the International Symphony. I also regularly play with London Symphonia.


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).