- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2008
Hi! I'm Heather and I have been teaching private music lessons since 2008. I grew up on the stage! My mother was my first singing and piano teacher and from a young age I have been involved in acting, dancing, music theatre, oratorio, and opera! I went to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. I am passionate about giving my students the gift of self-expression through music while learning good technique and incorporating music YOU are interested in.
***Frequently Asked Questions***
What is your availability?
Just select a subject and a lesson location in the upper righthand corner above and you can see my availability!
What do lessons cost?
30 minutes $25
45 minutes $35
60 minutes $45
How often should we meet and for how long?
I recommend lessons once per week. 30 minute lessons are good for beginning piano students. 45 minute lessons are ideal for singers and intermediate piano students. 60 minute lessons are appropriate for advanced students interested in studying lots of repertoire or for singers who are having a particularly difficult time with ear training.
What do you do in lessons?
To learn what you would be doing in a lesson just select a subject in blue under "Heather Teaches" at the top of this page for a description of how each lesson works in that subject.
I want to study piano, do I have to have a real piano?
No, you don't have to have a real piano but you do need at least a keyboard, preferably one that gets louder or softer depending how hard you hit a key, has at least 61 keys, and has a sustain pedal.
Do you help singers who want to learn rap, metal, or some other non-conventional style of singing?
Yes, I have actually worked with some metal bands before! Even if you are using something like screaming you can use it in a way that hurts your voice less. I love to apply good technique to styles like that.
If you choose to book through me here are the details of what you can expect from me and what I will expect from you.
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1: Schedule 10-30 minutes of practice each day for at least five days per week. Your teacher will give you a specific minutes goal based on your age and level of study.
2: Bring you assignment book to each lesson and complete all assignments.
3: Arrive promptly at your lesson time. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
4: Pianists’ fingernails should be kept trim. When playing with curved fingers, the nails should not click.
5: No gum, food, or drinks during lessons (water bottles are permitted).
6: Online students are responsible for printing assignments that your teacher sends you online. Online singers need to have a way to play karaoke tracks while being logged in to the TakeLessons classroom.
7: Please turn all cell phones to silent during the lesson. Online students are not allowed to surf the web during their lessons.
PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1: Support the fulfillment of your child’s responsibilities by consistently bringing your child to lessons, rehearsals, and performances and remind your child of daily practice and help them to schedule this practice time in their daily routine.
2: Communicate with the teacher about any questions or concerns you have. I want to meet your expectations, as well as your child’s, and I encourage feedback.
3: Provide an acceptable instrument for practice. Pianists: an acoustic piano is recommended, however, good electronic instruments that are full size, have a sustain pedal, and are capable of dynamics (the ability to control the volume of the sound through the touch of the performer) are also acceptable. Singers: a device for recording lessons (optional) and a keyboard, pitch pipe, or pitch pipe phone app.
4: Parents/guardians may sit-in on lessons only if they do not disturb them. Please, no talking at all. You may wait in the car or run an errand if you prefer. The teacher reserves the right to no longer allow a parent/guardian to sit in on a lesson should their behavior be deemed a habitual distraction for the student.
1: To provide a tailored curriculum to meet student’s individual needs and goals.
2: To clearly communicate short-term and long-term goals.
3: To encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.
4: To report the student’s progress to the parent/guardian if applicable and listen to any concerns and answer any questions of the parent/guardian and student if applicable.
5: To devote the entire lesson time to the student. I am a stay-at-home mom and occasionally I may need to attend to my child. In the rare circumstance that your lesson is interrupted, I will offer you make-up time at the end of the lesson or at a time that is most convenient for you.
STUDENT CANCELLATIONS OR ABSENCES: If given 24 hours notice, I will allow for a makeup lesson or cancellation. If I am not notified within 24 hours a lesson credit will be used regardless of whether or not the student attends.
TEACHER ABSENCES: All lessons missed as a result of the teacher canceling will be made up at a convenient time or credited to the next lesson.
TUITION: Lesson credits must be purchased through TakeLessons.com before the scheduled lesson can be taught.
PERSONAL LIABILITY: The teacher is not responsible for any injuries, loss or theft occurring on the teacher’s personal property. Children should not be left at the studio/home unattended. The teacher cannot be held responsible for the safety of the student outside of their lesson time, or the safety of any family members/friends that may accompany the student to lessons.
STUDENT TERMINATION: Students and parents are permitted five initial lessons to decide if the lessons are a good student-teacher fit. If more lessons are purchase after the initial five lessons, lessons should be seen as an on-going commitment. If a student chooses to terminate lessons (after the introductory five-lesson period), the parent/guardian or adult student must inform the studio with a 30-day notice. The student is responsible for purchasing the last month’s lessons whether they choose to use the lesson credits or not.
TEACHER-INITIATED TERMINATION: Lessons may be terminated for unpaid tuition, for repeated missed lessons, or for consistently late or unreturned phone calls, texts, or e-mails. The teacher reserves the right to terminate lessons at her own discretion.
I teach private piano, song-writing, and singing lessons online or in-person.
I held two roles in an opera scenes program at UNC at Greensboro Opera Theatre
I taught private voice lessons to children and adults to help develop their singing, ear-training, and music theory skills.
I developed lesson plans and taught solfege, music theory, and ear training to children ages 8-13 in a weekly class setting. The class utilized folk songs, movement, and written music.
I taught intermediate and beginning piano and voice in private lessons for homeschool enrichment center for children ages 5-18.
I performed several different programs of pop music in a quartet which included costumes and choreography. We did 60s music, Broadway tunes, a Dickens Christmas program, and more!
I sang with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as a Virginia Symphony Chorus core soprano position for two full seasons which included oratorios such as Bernstein Mass, Beethoven Nine, Brahms Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Holsts Plants, Faure Requiem, Carmina Burana, and more.+ Read More
I love mrs.heather ive been with her going on about a year and Ive seen an improvement in myself alot every week is something new and I grow and continue to hear myself get better at singing everyday she's a spectacular teacher!
great teacher! she’s very good at finding your problematic areas and fixes them with patience and good advice. :))
She was amazing
I would highly recommend Heather to absolutely anyone , She is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met and she really is an amazing teacher and has helped me improve my voice incredibly , she’s also not just my teacher to me she’s my friend and is such an overall incredible person . So if you're looking for someone who can help you improve your voice or piano skills in a professional but fun way Heather is exactly who you’re looking for ! :)+ Read More
Fantastic teacher! I am so comfortable with her. We have a lot of fun during our classes. My range has expanded and I feel a lot more comfortable practicing.
My 12 year enjoyed her first lesson with Heather, she told me she is "really nice" and she is also excited about her assignment. Thanks Heather!
Mrs.Heather is a great teacher and encourages you to be yourself and helps you learn she teaches and expands your singing range by octives she's also amazing with helping with problems other than singing always happy very inviting home.If anyone wants to be Mariah Carey you need to go to Mrs Heather cause she's awesome+ Read More
My daughter has lessons with Heather in her home.She really enjoyed her time.
Works at your pace and is good at lightening the mood for first time piano lesson takers. I look forward to continuing my lessons.
Kenzie was so excited when she got home. She really enjoyed the lesson and thinks Miss Heather sings better than Mary Poppins! WOW! Kenzie wants to learn to sing just like her. What a great experience. Thanks.
Great first lesson for my 10 year old daughter! She is excited to continue.
She is a great teacher and I am very excited to continue taking classes with Heather
Heather worked with our 11 year old son who wanted to pursue singing. She is kind, patient and wonderful with children. She's a great instructor and we would definitely use her again!
Heather is so sweet, organized and non-threatening. Totally allowed my son to relax and learn. I am so surprised at how quickly he mastered skills under her teachings. Highly recommended!!
Heather Ellis was an AWESOME teacher for my 11 year old daughter! She taught her a package of singing lessons I purchased for her and Sara, my daughter, learned a lot! Both my daughter and I liked Heather both personally and professionally and Sara is really looking forward to taking more singing lessons from Heather this summer. We both give her "Five Stars!"+ Read More
Just after three lessons my daughter says she's learned a lot and feels much more confident about singing in front of others!! I'm very excited to hear what the future brings...
I had a great experience with Heather! She is very encouraging and is very good at catering the lessons to help your weaknesses and strenghten your strenghts.
My son adores Heather. She is sweet and encouraging. She looks for ways to help Aiden master his technique that fits him specifically. He does not want another instructor ever he says!
Had a great first day with Miss Heather. Looking forward to the next!
Excellent teacher. I really am enjoying my lessons so far
Excellent teacher. I really am enjoying my lessons so far
My 8 year old daughter took piano lessons from Heather and she really enjoyed them. Heather is a very patient and encouraging teacher!
Heather is a great teacher. She really understands how to teach according to the way we learn. And she's great at listening to your goals and helping you work towards achieving them!
Before meeting Heather i never have had any singing lessons and i feel truly grateful that she has been so patient and methodical. I feel that during the last 6 moths she been able to make me improve everything connected to the art of singing. Thank you Heather.+ Read More
Heather has an innate ability to uniquely assess numerous nuances in my voice. I'm part of a Christian rock band where I have to maintain proper vocal exercises to best prepare me for public performances and studio recordings. She listens well, takes detailed notes, and offers great exercises to help in the precise areas where I struggle the most. Heather is quick to celebrate accomplishments with the student, and patient through the student's struggle to make vocal milestones. I would highly recommend Heather to anyone looking to improve vocal ability.+ Read More
I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Very patient, kind and professional. Heather made me feel very comfortable (I tend to get really nervous when singing in front of people) so that helped a ton. After taking lessons with Heather I feel my singing has improved and my knowledge about the piano has expanded. Gives honest and constructive critiques. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Heather to anyone.+ Read More
Very patient and always gives very good and honest feedback. Heather's really good at tailoring my development in my direction by listening to what I want, to pinpoint issues i need to work on.
We love Heather… She is amazing. So patient and kind! Highly recommend!
It was a pleasure taking online piano lessons with Heather. She was very patient and understanding when it came to learning new concepts. The lessons were down to earth and didn't make me feel like an elementary school kid (I'm 24). I highly recommend Heather if you are an adult learner like me. Although, I think she would do great with younger students as well. I thought it might be weird to learn piano over the Internet, but it was a great experience and I never felt limited by learning this way.+ Read More
I have taken lessons with Heather, and she is a very good teacher. She is kind, professional, and very helpful when giving a critique. I would highly recommend her as a teacher. I always felt like my singing improved after leaving a lesson. You will get your money's worth.+ Read More
My kids, 10 and 7, are enjoying piano lessons with Heather. This is is their first experience with music lessons and reading music. She makes the lessons fun and interesting for them. Heather teaches them in a way that is easy for them to understand. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.+ Read More
I have really enjoyed my lessons with Heather so far! She has such a calm demeanor that makes you feel like you can accomplish what she has planned. Heather does a great job of quickly assessing what I already know and what I need to learn. I have only been taking lessons with her for a few weeks now and already I am further along then I have ever been before. She is always very prepared and I can tell she has put a lot of thought into my specific needs. She is not just applying a formula of teaching. I would recommend her to anyone.+ Read More