David - Teacher #762

Instruments:
- Piano
- Violin

Services:
- Composition
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM
- Suzuki

Languages:
- English
- Mandarin
- Taiwanese

Teaching Philosophy

"Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited". - Dr. Suzuki

I would describe myself as kind, friendly, and patient; and when it comes to teaching, I am always very enthusiastic and also interactive.

I like my students to feel comfortable about where their skill levels currently are, and I would set goals with them together, and help them to reach their goals as soon as we can, without feeling too rushed. For me, it is very important for students to enjoy the process of improving as much as when they reach their goals.

For beginners, I would make sure I have the fundamentals covered and enforced at the beginning, so they don't have to spend extra efforts conquering bad habits later on; for more experienced students, I would make sure that other than learning new repertoires, reinforcing the fundamentals is also an essential step; for example, I enforce students to do scales and arpeggios as part of their practicing routine. Furthermore, I make sure every student understand the art of practicing at early stages of their learning, and that quality is almost always more important than quantity.

As for repertoire selections, I prepare my recommendations and I would let students know how I made the choices. However, it is always negotiable and I am always pleased when students tell me what they would like to play as well.

Musical Education

University of Western Ontario - Bachelor of Music (Honours Performance)
University of Toronto - Master of Music (Performance)
Royal Conservatory of Music - ARCT Diploma
Certified Suzuki teacher from Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute

Special Skills and Training

Violin playing Piano playing Accompanying Music theory Music history Musicianship Improvising Composing

Rates

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

Policies


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).