Nicola - Teacher #3712

- Piano

- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is a world of amazement and wonder. I want to help guide students through this world, a place where creativity and expression can come to life.

My goal is that lessons are fun, interesting and stress-free. I provide quality education for students of any age group and any skill level.

As a teacher, I stress the importance of physicality and finger control, a concept that I derived from the teachings of master educators of the French Style of keyboard playing.

I also put special focus on the nurturing of each students innate creativity and musical gifts.

Included in my lesson plans is the teaching of stress management, proper stance and posture, fundamental Music Theory, and music literacy. All of these are extra details that will improve a student's skill as a pianist and aid in the study and performance of piano repertoire.

Musical Education

I have degrees from the following schools:

Victoria Conservatory of Music- Diploma in Music
University of Victoria - Bachelor's in Music, Comprehensive

Special Skills and Training

I have over ten years of experience as a professional pianist performing both solo and group repertoire. In that time I have learned a wide variety of skills for dealing with performance stress. Working as an accompanist for vocalist helped expand my understanding of pop and jazz standards, expanding my range of music beyond the traditional classical piano that I had learned from my teachers. In my early years I was self-taught, and learned a high level of music literacy before I ever sat in a formal lesson. I am a prodigy in the reading of sheet music and can sight read just about any piece of music, regardless of its complexity. I also have a deep and comprehensive understanding of music history and literature, having a familiarity with most all major works of the Classical Composers. As such, I can easily accommodate piano pieces to both a student's likes and dislikes as well as educational needs by drawing on my vast knowledge of repertoire.


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).