Varya - Teacher #54

- Piano
- Violin
- Voice
- Recorder

- Ear Training
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

Music is fundamental to my being, and I believe that it is integral to the education of any person. We all have rhythm and sound as a core part of our body, from the heartbeat to the sound of breath, and formal training in music is only an expansion of what already exists in every person. The body of a musician requires as much detailed physical analysis and focus as that of an elite athlete; all of my lessons begin with physical warm-ups to support the specific musculature required in the development of each instrument.

Joy and play are essential elements of successful learning at any age, and I make certain that students learn without a lot of undue stress and anxiety. Adult students can expect the same support and respect as the youngest child. Without joy, there is no music, and without music, there is no joy.

Musical Education

I have an honours BA in theatre from York University, which included performance classes in voice and renaissance music.
I studied both piano and violin privately from the age of six until the age of eighteen. My teachers were classically trained. My violin teacher was a student of Galamian, and the training I underwent was rigorous and detailed. My piano teacher was trained in England, and was likewise detail oriented with exceptionally high standards. I trained vocally with a classical Russian teacher who had, herself, been trained by Maureen Forrester. I was also a member of the Canadian Childrens Opera Chorus and Mendelssohn Youth Choir in Toronto. Both choirs entailed professional performances, including singing with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada and Ann Murray, as well as working under conductor John Rutter and recording for CBC broadcasts.

Awards and Distinctions

My accolades as a performer include too many first place awards in various Kiwanis and Lions music festivals to count

Special Skills and Training

I spent my childhood watching my mother teach violin in the living room. She is an impeccable teacher with over 40 years experience as a professional violinist and a dedicated educator. My training was primarily at home, and as such, functions at a deep and natural level within me. I have also worked extensively as a performing sound designer for theatre. These experiences have enriched me both as composer and teacher, since teaching music to actors is not so different from teaching it to children!


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).