Private & Group Instruction

Learning and playing music in any stage of life is a gift that keeps on giving and Geeta would be honoured to be a part of your musical journey!

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ABOUT THE PROGRAMS

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION – Every lesson is custom tailored to suit the needs of the individual student. The lessons are designed to address all aspects of music, including practical, theoretical, and historical, while building confidence and a solid musical foundation in a safe and supportive environment.

SMALL ENSEMBLE – The small ensemble has been designed to bridge the gap between private lessons and large ensemble. Each small ensemble focuses on learning basic instrumental techniques, section and ensemble skills, and a basic history of music and each instrument. Every member will have the opportunity to perform as an integral part of the ensemble as well as play the role of a soloist in both rehearsal and performance.

LARGE ENSEMBLE – The large ensemble focuses on learning instrumental techniques and section and ensemble skills as well as basic music theory and history through very diverse repertoire in which they have the opportunity to perform in both formal and informal concert settings. Geeta is currently the Conductor for the Maple Ridge Concert Band (MRCB) Beginning and Intermediate Concert Bands. Check out the MRCB Intermediate and Mass bands from the 2019 Spring Concert.

CLINICS & WORKSHOPS – All Clinics & Workshops are ages 10 and up and adults are always welcome. Each Clinic & Workshop is designed to isolate and address different aspects of either musical or instrumental techniques. Please visit UPCOMING EVENTS to find out about specific upcoming Clinics & Workshops.

CAMPS – All Camps are ages 10 and up, adults always welcome. All Camps are geared more toward small and large wind ensembles with percussion. Each Camp will help students to improve both their ensemble skills and individual instrumental techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Please visit UPCOMING EVENTS to find out about specific upcoming Camps.

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SCHEDULE

PRIVATE STUDIO LESSONS
      *Place des Arts: Tuesday & Wednesday – 1pm-8pm
      *Long & McQuade: Thursday & Friday – 2pm-7pm
      *Douglas College: TBA

PRIVATE HOME LESSONS
     *Wednesday – Friday: Mornings

SMALL ENSEMBLE
      *Place des Arts: TBA
      *Long & McQuade: TBA

LARGE ENSEMBLE
      *Maple Ridge Beginner Community Concert Band: Tuesday – 8:00pm-9:30pm
      *Maple Ridge Intermediate Community Concert Band: Thursday – 7:30pm-9:30pm

CLINICS, WORKSHOPS, & CAMPS
       *Please visit: UPCOMING EVENTS

*Please note: Geeta’s availability is limited but flexible so it is important to contact her or the respective studio as soon as possible to arrange a suitable lesson time. Most lessons run from September to July.

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RATES

PRIVATE STUDIO LESSONS
      *Place des Arts: $28 for 30 minutes
      *Long & McQuade: $29 for 30 minutes
      *Douglas College: TBA

PRIVATE HOME LESSONS
      *$32.50 for 30 minutes
      *$48 for 45 minutes
      *$65 for 60 minutes

SMALL ENSEMBLE
      *Place des Arts: TBA
      *Long & McQuade: TBA

LARGE ENSEMBLE
      *Maple Ridge Beginner Concert Band: $225 per year
      *Maple Ridge Intermediate Concert Band: Student-$112.50 per year, Adult-$225 per year

*Please note: All lesson fees must be paid in full at the beginning of the month prior to the lessons. Rates vary depending on location and type of lesson.

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POLICIES & CONDITIONS
     *for PRIVATE HOME LESSONS

ATTENDANCE
      – Geeta Das will assume that you will be in attendance for your specified lesson time and location every week unless you have given verbal or written notice that you will be absent.

CANCELLATIONS
       – A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for any cancellations.
       – You will be charged for one full lesson if you fail to give proper notice.

MAKE-UP LESSONS
      – Make-Up lessons may be done if there are 24 hours notice, or more, to find a time to reschedule the lesson.
      – If you have given proper notice and there is no available time for a Make-Up lesson your regularly scheduled lessons will resume the following week and you will not be charged for the missed lesson.

TERMINATION
      – 2 weeks notice is required for termination of all lessons.
      – You will be charged for one full lesson if you fail to give proper notice.

*Please note: Rates, Policies, and Conditions are subject to change without notice.

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

-Instrument
-Music
-Music Stand
-Pencil
-A Positive Attitude! 🙂

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MORE ABOUT GEETA’S EDUCATION BACKGROUND

Geeta began studying music in her elementary school concert band. After having her instrument stolen following the first band class and sitting in band with no instrument for months, she developed a special appreciation for how precious and important music is in all of our lives. When her instrument was finally replaced she had to work hard and fast to catch up and in doing so she learned how to be extremely efficient and effective in her practice. Both of these experiences have had a huge impact on her motivation and skills as an educator.

Geeta did the majority of her postsecondary studies in Secondary Music Education, Ethnomusicology, and Classical Music Performance at Douglas College and the University of British Columbia. She has also studied privately throughout the eastern United States. She specializes in wind instruments and currently teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and introductory low brass. She teaches a wide variety of musical styles to students of all ages and levels. Geeta teaches private studio and in-home lessons, small and large wind ensembles, clinics, workshops, and camps, and is the conductor for a beginner and an intermediate community concert band.

Geeta has been teaching for over twenty-five years and is still incredibly excited and enthusiastic about it. This is truly one of her passions.