Andres - Teacher #971

Instruments:
- Piano

Services:
- Harmony
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- RCM

Languages:
- Cantonese
- English

Teaching Philosophy

For me, learning music is about discovering one's own inner self. There's a quote from Beethoven himself that has probably inspired my whole musical upbringing: "From the heart; may it find its way to the heart." I dislike the new competitive spirit that seems to be taking form in modern era musical education; rather, I want to use these opportunities to share your love of music with others, to teach others to express themselves in a way that nothing else could. The student's progression in music mirrors their own progression in their growth as a person.
In terms of the methods I would use, the RCM series is certainly a great introduction to the broad spectrum of music that's out there. I would also try to complement that with an emphasis on technique early on (mostly from Liszt's bible of technical exercises and the "Dozen a Day" series). I would encourage interpretation right from the start, and throughout the process I want the student to develop their own unique style and musical personality, so that the music is not learnt for the sake of being learnt, but always for the student's own enjoyment and growth. My guidance would only be in the form of suggestions, offering alternative views and ideas for the student's interpretation.

Musical Education

ARCT - Royal Conservatory of Music

Awards and Distinctions

I was honoured to receive a 92% on my RCM ARCT exam, as well as Honours with Distinction on all my theory exams. I've won numerous gold awards at the Calgary Kiwanis Festival, and was named an alternate recommendation to the Alberta Provincial Music Festival.

Special Skills and Training

I have a great background with accompanying and have done so for previous school plays, solo performers, in chamber music and for singers. I do a lot of improvisational jam sessions with other musicians, which has really helped me develop my skills as a song writer and performer. I've also had a lot of valuable experience working with kids in educational settings, whether it be teaching piano, reading, or other subjects to kids younger than I am.

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).