General Information


In the private lesson program, I offer weekly private (1:1) lessons of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes in length.

I enjoy working with students of all ages and ability levels, from beginner to adult.   I prepare students for Royal Conservatory of Music exams, festivals, auditions, and to play for their own enjoyment.

For advanced students, and those preparing for auditions or high-level exams, I offer the option of twice weekly lessons.  

In addition, I offer ad hoc intensive coaching sessions for students solely seeking help with the final stages of audition or exam preparation that do not wish to enroll in regular weekly lessons.  (*Please note, special rates and conditions apply to ad hoc lessons.)

All students enrolled in the private lesson program are welcome and encouraged to take part in the various performance program events running throughout the academic year! 

I understand that finding the right teacher is an extremely personal process, and that my teaching style may not be the best fit for every student.  To that end, I always encourages all prospective students to come and take a thirty-minute trial lesson with me, prior to registering for lessons.

We are so happy that Lauryn has developed a positive attitude toward practising and learning the violin. It is a credit to Carmen’s skill in pedagogy, and her commitment as a teacher, that Lauryn eagerly looks forward to returning to her lesson every week.
— Kevin Conway, parent


Young Children

In general, I recommend weekly half hour lessons for young children who are just beginning the instrument.

I welcome and encourage the parents of children under the age of seven to sit in on lessons in order to help reinforce practice and posture habits at home.  I am  also happy to discuss student progress with parents at any time.  

I typically do not teach students younger than six years of age, however, I do welcome inquires from parents, and will work with children under six on a case-by-case basis.

I have observed my daughter progress tremendously under Carmen’s guidance. Carmen is very creative and kind when teaching little ones. She has a full knowledge of their needs, and knows how to stimulate them to pay attention and get involved to the lesson.
— Tatiana Cypel, parent


Adult Learners


I love working with adult learners, in-fact, they are some of my favourite students to teach! 

I understand it can be difficult and intimidating to learn a completely new skill set after mastering so many other areas of career and life.  

I realize that adult learners are not looking to become career musicians - they simply want to learn for their own enjoyment.  To that end, I structure the pace, repertoire, and style of lessons to best fit the goals and comfort level of my adult students.

Being an adult learner I was nervous to go and start having lessons with no musical background, but Carmen was very encouraging and great at setting the pace of lessons, giving me relevant feedback, and allowing me to make choices regarding many aspects of my lessons.
— Sandra Flanigan, student