Sarah - Teacher #4112

- Clarinet
- Composition
- Flute
- Piano
- Recorder
- Saxophone

- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is my life and I see it as central to who a person is and how they develop. Changing your musical skills changes who you are and how you see the world. I honestly don't see anything as more important! I believe in meeting students where they are and bringing their skills forward at a pace that is right for them. The lessons, and the work they do at home, must be challenging enough to be enjoyable and to provide a feeling of mastery, without undue frustration. I see myself as a coach to their overall musical development.

Musical Education

I have a Bachelor of Music, Honours Composition degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where my major instrument was the saxophone, and a Bachelor of Education degree from OISE, University of Toronto, where I qualified in Intermediate/Senior Instrumental Music and English. Additionally, I have a Master of Music degree from Western University in the area of Music Education.

Special Skills and Training

20 year teaching career with the Waterloo Region District School Board, music specialist Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre member of the Canadian League of Composers member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers Music Director of the Petawawa Legion Band member of the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra former musician in the Wellington Wind Symphony, Band of the Ceremonial Guard, Festival City Big Band, Royal City Big Band, Cambridge Concert Band and others


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).