Heather Kirkconnell

Heather K.

Newton, MA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
After piano study, students may be interested in learning about other keyboard instruments. My major instrument is the pipe organ, and I teach lessons in person at a local Boston area church easily accessible via I-90. Lessons with me focus on musicality and healthy technique. Through careful study of the different time periods in music, students will be encouraged to develop their own musical ideas and interpretations. A focus on improvisation, hymn playing, and help in locating work as an organist will be included, as well.

New students do not need to have a keyboard background to start. I welcome anyone tall enough to reach the pedal board. Younger (or rather, shorter) organ students will begin at the piano and organ.
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Heather delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2010

Hi! I'm Heather, an organist, pianist, and choral conductor I studied at Oberlin College and Conservatory, double majoring in Organ and French. I then spent two years living and studying in the Paris area, studying at the Conservatoire de Versailles. I believe that learning should be fun and rewarding. I like to use other subjects, such as math, art, science and literature to augment my teaching. Music education should be fun, challenging and rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, sewing and engaging in other creative pursuits.


Church Music Director
Sep 2015 - Present
Grace Episcopal Church

I direct choirs of all ages (3-5, 6-12, 13 and up), play the organ and piano weekly, and plan special concerts and other events.

Private Piano Teacher
Jan 2011 - Present

Experience with all ages, levels.

Private Organ Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present

I give organ lessons to anyone interested in the King of Instruments! Focus of pedal playing, reading music, proper keyboard technique, and music career advancement.


BMus Organ Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2011
Oberlin Conservatory
BA French
Sep 2006 - May 2011
Oberlin College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Diplôme de Perfectionnement
Jun 2013
Conservatoire de Versailles, France

A two year program awarding a certification in organ performance.

A year studying techniques of conducting and vocal rehearsal


Oberlin Conservatory Dean's Scholar
Sep 2006
Oberlin Conservatory


American Guild of Organists
Nov 2014

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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7 Reviews

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Deb A. Sep 15, 2016
Piano · In studio

Grrrreat experience.
Looking forward to my next lesson!

Deb A. Sep 15, 2016
Piano · In studio

Grrrreat experience.
Looking forward to my next lesson!

Monica Mar 14, 2016
Piano · In home

Heather is an excellent teacher. She always on time and very good with the kid

Gianna P. Feb 28, 2016
Piano · In home

Outstanding sensitivity to children and the learning process! Keeps learning enjoyable and interesting while maintaining long term learning goals. Great teacher

Andrea L. Feb 27, 2016
Piano · In home

Heather is an excellent teacher. She always on time . I would recommend her to anyone.

Stacey M. Feb 19, 2016
Piano · In home

I loved my first lesson with Heather! She was very excited and engaged, and paid very close attention to the details. She also takes into consideration that I'm learning as a hobby, and approaches her teaching with that in mind. Heather is also very encouraging, and I'm excited for my next lesson.

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Lorenzo P. Jan 30, 2016
Piano · In home

Knowledgeable, kind and sensitive & the kids excitedly enjoy learning with Heather -- Wonderful!

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