Heather Dressler
Escondido, CA
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Heather Dressler

Heather D.

Escondido, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Heather has been teaching piano since 2012 and is currently available to teach in-home and online lessons. Heather’s main focus is classical piano, but she has also helped students learn how to compose and play by ear. Her students have won college scholarships and participated in the National Auditions hosted by the American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT). Heather teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. She loves learning about the individualities of each of her students and tailoring lessons to them.

About Heather D.

Heather received her classical training at the Hanna Kogan Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2012. As a pianist, Heather has earned various awards. These include 8 years of National Auditions with the American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT). Through this organization, she earned the High School Diploma and Social Music Diploma. Heather also participated in numerous festivals and Certificate of Merit tests sponsored by the Music Teacher’s Association of California, San Diego Branch. She has also served as an accompanist for chapels at Westminster Seminary, CA, for church services at Oceanside URC, and for youth and family group events at New Life PCA. She is currently a member of the NGPT.

Teaching piano lessons allows Heather to combine a life-long love of music and teaching into one amazing job. She enjoys sharing her love of piano with kids and adults as they grow in their musical abilities together. Her musical goals in the future include exploring jazz piano, taking vocal lessons, and completing the Cal-Plan offered by the Music Teachers’s Association of California.



Heather’s goal is to provide a safe, fun environment for adults and children alike to grow in their love for and ability to play piano. Heather’s lessons focus on a combination of classical training and individual interests. The classical training works on technique, sight-reading, memorization, ear training, and theory. Because theory is the backbone of music, learning theory is integral to becoming a proficient piano player. In the long run, theory makes learning piano pieces easier and even opens the door to composing songs. Theory opens up a whole new way of understanding and appreciating the multitude of pieces within the classical world. Some of the individual interests she has helped her students pursue are learn how to compose, learning how to play music from guitar chords, and learning pieces the student picks out. Heather is patient and eager to learn what is best for each student.

Growth in musical abilities does require consistent practice. Heather helps her students set clear, doable goals to make practice easier. If the student is a child, she will also work with the parents to set appropriate goals. These goals will often include performing in a recital, audition, or other competition. Performing helps push the student to the next level, allows them to share their love of music with others, and teaches them confidence in front of people. 

Heather offers annual recitals as well as national auditions which are sponsored by the NGPT. Students are free to participate or not based on their personal needs and preferences. Heather does highly encourage her students to perform. While it can be difficult to get up in front of people, performing offers many wonderful benefits. These include increased confidence speaking/performing in front of others, concrete goals that further personal and musical growth, and the chance to inspire and be inspired by other musicians. For kids, performances look great on college applications, help in winning scholarships, and provide credentials for future music-related jobs such as piano teaching.



For in-home piano lessons, students will need a working piano, a notebook for homework assignments, and a willingness to learn. Heather lets her students know what piano books they need after the first lesson. For online piano lessons, Heather is flexible in figuring out which format works best for the student, whether it’s TakeLessons, Zoom, FaceTime, etc. All a student will need is a laptop or tablet set up slightly behind and to his or her side for best keyboard view. Heather does offer a shared-screen experience, so that if she needs to point out something on the music, she can do so. Homework/practicing assignments are entered on a shared Google Doc.

Generally Heather has a policy that at least one parent/adult must be at home when she is teaching in-home piano lessons to kids. When she is teaching an in-home piano lesson for an adult, there must be at least one other adult in the house. If the parent/adult has an emergency and really needs to leave, he or she can feel free to talk to Heather. Thanks for understanding!

Although there are certain piano books Heather prefers, she picks books based on the needs of each student. Her book selection will depend on each person’s level, interests, and skills. If a student already has certain books, then Heather will consider using those in order to save money. Heather does tend to like "Piano Adventures" for beginners and "Basics of Keyboard Theory" for theory books. These can be purchased on Amazon or at your local music store. 

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Kendra
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Heather has been a wonderful teacher for my kids (age 8 and 12). She's patient and clear, she motivates them to practice, and they are learning a lot and progressing well. Highly recommend!

Posted Sep 14, 2020
Evan C.
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My son had his first piano lesson ever with Heather this past week. She was very friendly, encouraging and had good positive energy all around. A good fit! While I didn't listen in every minute, it seemed that she was teaching him some basics in a way that was motivating and fun. He enjoyed his lesson and has been motivated to practice ever since. I am so happy! We're looking forward to more great lessons. So far so good!

Posted Sep 12, 2020
Willa
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Heather is so amazing! She is great with my daughter and she looks forward to seeing her every week. She is learning so much!

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Summer
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Heather is absolutely a wonderful piano teacher. She is kind, encouraging and patient. She brings a warm smile and positive energy every week! She is flexible and knowledgeable and is able to adapt and work with my girls who each have very different learning styles and personalities. Both girls are excited for their lessons each week. I would highly recommend Heather to anyone looking for a piano teacher for their kids or themselves.

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Eva
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Heather is a fantastic piano teacher! I highly recommend her! My daughters loved learning piano with her and learning how to read notes has been extremely beneficial!

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Bonnie
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My son began taking piano lessons from Heather during High School. It looked like so much fun that I eventually asked her to teach me as well. Heather is a pleasant and patient teacher. She has a depth of knowledge and an ability to teach music that motivated both my son and me to practice in order to play our pieces well. Those times are good memories that I won’t forget.

Posted Jun 17, 2020
Stephanie
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Heather is an excellent piano teacher. She has instructed my 6 children (currently age 9-18) weekly for several years in a wide range of music, classical, jazz, contemporary, etc... She is a highly talented communicator and pianist, with a pleasant disposition.
Her students are proud to say she is their teacher.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Yeanmay T.
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My 2 children (11 & 7) both adore Heather. She has the perfect balance of professionalism and fun. The children look forward to see her every week.

Posted May 25, 2020

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Experience

Piano Teacher
Jun 2012 - Present

HD Piano Studio

Teaching In-Home Piano Lessons

Chapel Accompanist
Aug 2017 - Jun 2019

Westminster Seminary California

I accompanied/led singing for weekly chapels at Westminster Seminary.

Pianist - Youth and Family Music Team
Aug 2013 - Jun 2019

New Life Presbyterian Church

Led singing as part of a music team for the New Life Youth and Family Group.

Accompanist
Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Oceanside United Reformed Church

I accompanied/led singing on the piano at the Oceanside URC

Education

Masters in Theological Studies
Aug 2017 - Jun 2019

Westminster Seminary California

BA in Linguistics
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

UCSD

Piano - High School Diploma in Music
Jun 2002 - Jun 2012

Hanna Kogan Conservatory of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers
Dec 2012

American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers

Awards

High School Music Diploma
Jul 2012

American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers

Social Music Diploma
Jul 2011

American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers

Affiliations

National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Dec 2012
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