Valentina - Teacher #951

Instruments:
- Guitar
- Piano
- Composition
- Voice

Services:
- Composition
- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Jazz Improvation
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

Languages:
- English
- French
- Spanish

Teaching Philosophy

I am incredibly passionate about constantly learning and growing in music. I have seen the incredible leaps and bounds that I have taken in my growth as a musician and I only want to see that for my students. No matter what instrument I am teaching, I always incorporate technique in my teaching. My teaching philosophy is a perfect balance of technique and improvisation (improvisation aids in finding your own voice). For example, if I am teaching a student a contemporary piece, we do not only focus on efficient/healthy execution of the voice, we also focus on effective/unique execution of the instrument. Being from a jazz educational background, I understand how important learning technique is. I also understand how finding your own voice, and your own way of delivering the music is just as important as technique. I apply this philosophy to every instrument I teach, be it guitar, piano or voice.

Musical Education

Capilano University - Jazz Vocal Concentration Diploma

Awards and Distinctions

I have a Jazz Studies Diploma in vocal concentration.

Special Skills and Training

I speak three languages, French, Spanish and English. I have extensive training in music theory / sight reading / sight singing rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation / jazz, pop, r&b composition / classical choir / jazz choir / jazz improvisation / classical voice / jazz voice / pop voice / soul/ r&b voice / performing (I play and write for my own five piece R&B/jazz band and we rehearse weekly) / I have been teaching for music studios for over four years.

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).