Private Lessons (all ages)

“Susan is kind, caring and a wonderfully inspiring teacher. Her gentle demeanour and quick praise has brought out our son’s artistic side like no other teacher or program has before.”

 

“Susan has helped my daughter blossom again after much loss and chaos.  Thank you for helping her to find her spirit and creative forces again!  We’d be lost without you!

 

“I love that my daughters love their programs.  My oldest cries if she has to miss it because of illness or vacation.  She learns so much, not feeling like she is ‘working’ at all.”

 

“I have been meaning to write you for years to say how much I feel you impacted my kids’ approach to music.  Our daughter is now 16 and sings in a choir and wants to sing more.    Our son has become a ballet enthusiast – he’s been at it four years now and this year he’ll be dancing four times a week with a school downtown.  They both love to sing and have a great ear for picking out arrangements, instruments and harmonies when we listen to music together.  Thank you!!”

 

“Susan has an incredible bond with the children.  She lets them be silly and have fun, within the parameters of rules, boundaries and respect.  They learn so much with Susan, because she is brilliant and truly cares about each child (and they know it!).”

Playing tunes

Private lessons available in your home:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Recorder
  • Multi-instrumental lessons (all ages, may include voice, guitar, ukulele, fiddle, recorder, piano and percussion instruments)
  • Creative song writing for children
  • Adapted lessons for children with special needs

Lessons with Susan

  • Private lessons are individually designed for all ages.
  • Learn to improvise, play by ear, read music or create your own music
  • Lessons may infuse the use of world percussion & whole body learning techniques, incorporate games & movement that make learning enjoyable, increase muscle memory and hasten the learning curve.

Multi-Instrumental Lessons with Susan

  • Some families love the idea that their children are learning many instruments through creativity, fun and focus.
  • Some children learn and love music best this way.
  • Families who choose this method of learning realize their child is not as interested in focussing completely on one instrument just yet.  Having several to play increases motivation and enjoyment.
  • Children as young as four will enjoy this approach.
  • Learning skills on a variety of instruments supports learning later in life and build confidence in musicianship.
  • Instruments that Susan may include in a multi-instrumental approach include: piano, guitar, voice, recorder, fiddle, percussion and ukulele

Adapted lessons with Susan

  • Lessons may be designed and adapted to accommodate special learning needs.
  • Visit Songs for Kids to listen to some of the songs that Susan creates and records for children.
  • Some children have goals outside music that are more easily met using music as a vehicle. For example…
  1. Speech – if a child is working with a speech therapist Susan is able to prepare and incorporate songs and games through music to support learning in that area.
  2. Social and emotional skills – Susan may write songs to specifically support the practise of social and emotional skills.
  3. Organization, focus and attention – Susan may create or use visual aids, sensory movement props and aids for focus during the lesson time.
  4. Developmental delays – If it becomes apparent during the course of lessons that a child has developmental delays that can be addressed through developmental movement practise, Susan will incorporate this into the lesson.
  5. Reading – Susan writes scores and music using special graphics and visuals to speed the learning process for children.

Work with Susan

  • The foundation for private work is Susan’s dedication to nurturing each person’s creative spirit.
  • Susan is an encouraging teacher providing support with her positive and affirming teaching style.
  • Read more about Susan’s extensive training and experience here.
  • Lessons may vary in length from 15 minutes to one hour.
  • Typically, we choose the most appropriate length of lesson to meet your goals and maintain that lesson length on a weekly basis.

To arrange a lesson or series of lessons or to add your name to Susan’s “interest list”, click here to contact Susan.

To speak directly with Susan, call 250-888-2432.


Studio Policies

Tuition

  • $80/hour payable by cheque or cash
  • Lessons take place in your home
  • If music books and printed music are used at the lesson they are an additional fee. Susan does have an extensive music library and she is happy to loan material where applicable
  • Please make cheques payable to: Susan Seale
  • Fees may be divided into payments with post-dated cheques if desired
  • Full payment of fees are due at the beginning of each term, even if fees are paid with post-dated cheques
  • Tax receipts are provided at the end of each calendar year
  • Examples of fees based on 14 week term below.
    • 15 min lesson x 14 lessons = $280
    • 30 min lesson x 14 lessons = $560
    • 45 min lesson x 14 lessons = $840
    • 60 min lesson x 14 lessons = $1120

Yearly Calendar

  • School year lessons are typically scheduled on a weekly schedule
  • Summer lessons available and booked individually
  • No lessons on statutory holidays
  • The yearly calendar outlines holidays and breaks
  • Schedule is individualized for each family to accommodate Christmas and Springbreak school calendars
  • Lesson are booked in advance with the understanding that those preset dates comprise registration
  • 2016-2017 terms as follows: September – December 2016 (approximately 12 weeks of lessons)  January – June 2017 (approx. 20-22 weeks of lessons)
  • Lesson invoices will reflect the longer second term

Cancellations

  • Registration means you agree to pay for all scheduled lessons outlined on the yearly calendar upon registration
  • Students are expected to attend all scheduled lessons
  • Please note medical/dental appointments, birthday parties and other outside activities are not acceptable reasons to cancel and expect Susan to reserve your lesson time from week to week
  • There are no make-up lesson times reserved.

Tell us about your private music lessons with Susan…

“Every lesson is unique and remarkable because Susan is always in the moment, and she has the ability to follow and/or guide our child to the next great moment. We love Susan.  Keep up the great energy, work, enthusiasm.  We look forward to our time with you every Saturday morning.”

 

“Lessons with Susan are warm, fun, structured, motivating with an eye on the long term of life long musicality.  The fun and positivity doesn’t mean low expectations!”

 

“She’s fun & she inspires me to play and be creative.”

 

“She is remarkable!  Our children like absolutely everything about lessons with Susan.  Seriously.”

 

“Thank you for your lesson today!  [Our daughter] did a complete about face after you left and is filled with such joy at the moment.  Thank you!!!”

 

“It’s a treat for our kids (and their parents) to have in-home lessons and not to have to shuttle off busily to another after-school program!”

 

“Susan’s energy is amazing.  She enjoys her work and her passion for music, kids and creating all shines through!!”

 

“I love that you got right down on the floor with our daughter within the first five minutes.  You make it all so accessible to her. Your receptivity to her playfulness and your gentle guidance – she’s loving to learn about music.  THANK YOU, SUSAN!”

 

“We LOVE them!” (adult students)

“I really like my music with Susan. I had never liked music at school, and now because of Musicalia I do! (Nathan, age 7). His mom says, “Best experience ever! Nathan looks forward to the improvised duets at the end of his lesson.”

Nathan’s “thank you” composition

 

“Susan knows how to ride the ebb and flow of authentic and natural learning with astonishing ease and grace. She knows how to inspire each child – the perfect amount of tenderness and toughness to help them connect with and to awaken them to their inner music.”

“Susan is one of those people that is a true blessing to know. She has an endearing personality that in our family makes “Susan-time” a cherished and anticipated time. Her passion for music and the musical profession are so evident in all that she designs in Musicalia, in her interests in community, performances and in her personal learning pursuits. I admire her expertise as well as her personable nature.”

“My 9 year old loves the one-on-one with Susan. Susan is not only a wonderful teacher but a wonderful adult for my daughter to spend time with. The lessons have been flexible and very beneficial.”