Heather Lanza

Heather L.

7 Reviews
Saint Augustine, FL

About Heather L.

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Heather teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 3 hours


More important than my conservatory education and my teaching and performance experiences is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in your St. Augustine home, online, or in my St. Augustine studio.

I'm a graduate of the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-old with special needs, to middle-aged professional opera singers, to 65-year-old doctors of music. I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and enriched hundreds of singers and prepared many to win competitions, musicals, pageants and auditions. Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play. The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level. My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I recently (2014) studied songwriting online with Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. For piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In my voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight-singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music. Parents are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an acoustic guitar to bring to voice lessons. I expect my piano students to have a piano, an organ or a keyboard.

***Home Studio Equipment***
In my home studio, my students will have access to an acoustic guitar, an electronic keyboard, an acoustic piano and PC audio recording.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical, pop and musical theater singing, classical and pop/rock/chordal style piano, and sightreading, including solfege syllables. I enjoy using Estelle Liebling as my voice method and Hanon for piano technique. I have coursework in jazz and pop theory and songwriting from Westminster Choir College. Teaching special needs individuals is also one of my specialties, and one that I highly enjoy.

Photos and Videos

Saint Augustine, Florida's acoustic duo, Timberwood


Voice and Piano Instructor Jun 2012 - Present
Jacksonville School of Music

Voice and Piano Instructor Apr 2006 - Dec 2011
DnD Music

Adjunct Voice and General Music Faculty Sep 2008 - May 2010
Portsmouth Public Schools, Virginia

I taught both private voice lessons and classroom music history and music theory to auditioned magnet students.

Private Voice Instructor Aug 2003 - Mar 2008
Heather Siemens Voice Studio

I taught voice lessons out of my home studio to a variety of ages and experience levels.


Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance Aug 2000 - Aug 2003
Westminster Choir College
Bachelor of Fine Arts Aug 1999 - May 2000
East Carolina University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Westminster Choir College Merit Scholarship Aug 2000
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
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7 Reviews on Heather L.

Haidar H. Mar 24, 2015
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
The lesson was fantastic. I just wish the audio quality was better. It perhaps was a problem with my internet connection, though.
Meredith M. Mar 1, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Heather is wonderful! She is always very patient with my six year old daughter and willing to customize lessons to keep her engaged and learning. I wasn't sure about the effectiveness of online lessons, but they worked out really well for us!!
Tabitha P. Feb 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son is loving his lessons. Heather's bubbly personality keeps him engaged and he is excited to practice piano every week. At this stage in his musical endeavors, I couldn't ask for more.
Joan F. Oct 11, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I received singing lessons as a 65th Birthday gift and I have been thrilled with the results. Heather has been wonderful. I really appreciate her teaching me the "why" of things such as the anatomy of singing.

She is so encouraging and enthusiastic. I have not joined the church choir - but I may :)
Sue Ann Weber
Gabe E. Aug 4, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student

My 7 year old daughter tremendously enjoys her lessons with Heather. She has shown continual improvement and has pure joy when it's time for a lesson. Heather has done an excellent job of keeping her excited while teaching her about singing and reading music. I know it is sometimes hard to keep young minds interested over a period of time but Heather has proven that to be a non issue.
Kirsten G. Nov 27, 2013
Verified Student

We love Heather! WOW! We were really surprised how amazing she is! My 16 year son was very apprehensive in getting a new piano teacher. He really enjoys the lessons and he has already improved in just a few lessons. She is very patient, upbeat, cool and funny. She is very gifted...
Ash A. May 2, 2013
Excellent Teacher

My daughter has really enjoyed her lessons with Heather.My daughter is shy and reserved and Heather has done a great job working with her.She is most excited about song writing.