Heather Lanza

Heather L.

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

Overview

More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer 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 my own St. Augustine home studio, and online around the globe.

I'm a graduate of 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-olds with special needs, to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a linguistics professor in Saudi Arabia, to a 65-year-old doctor 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 empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals.
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 the 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. In 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 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.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, and monologue and audition coaching. 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. I have coursework in Meisner technique and experience in both theatre acting and musical theatre.

Photos and Videos

Heather's students may take part in twice-yearly recitals.

Experience

Voice and Piano Instructor

Jun 2012 - Nov 2015
The Jacksonville School of Music

While it was wonderful to teach voice and piano at the Jacksonville School of Music, I left in order to make more time slots available in my St. Augustine studio.

Voice and Piano Instructor

Apr 2006 - Dec 2011
DnD Music

After teaching piano and voice full time at DnD Music for over five years, I left when my family and I decided to move to Florida.

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.

Education

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

Awards

Merit Scholarship

Aug 2000
Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Member

May 2000
Who's Who Among American College Students

Member

May 2000
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
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27 Reviews on Heather L.

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Sara R. Apr 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I purchased these lessons for my granddaughter who is nine years old she is a very first time guitar player Heather was absolutely fabulous kind positive and took all the time that Sara needed with each thing she tauter Sarah's looking forward to more lessons with her
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Courtney Mar 14, 2016
Piano · In home
We love Mrs. Lanza! She is a well rounded experienced musician and a very adaptable and effective teacher. She is willing to grow and explore with the student to maintain interest. She has done a fabulous job working with my young son the past couple of years.
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Monty Feb 12, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I love Heather! She makes you feel instantly comfortable and I look forward to every lesson.
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Briana S. Feb 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter and I take lessons together. We really enjoy them and always look forward to going. We've learned so much.
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Tammi Marrin Feb 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
She is awesome!
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Kyle K. Feb 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I was so thankful to find Heather. She has been great teaching my son guitar. She teaches with enthusiasm and makes the lessons very enjoyable.
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Liliane S. Jan 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Heather is a such great teacher. I felt so great to have choose her. I'm definitely will continue taking classes with her. Heather has the talent to guide you in the right path. I loved it. =D A wonderful person to be around. She is just THE BEST.
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Patrick S. Nov 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Heather Lanza has quite simply been a wonderful teacher. As an adult student and an experienced guitarist I was slightly apprehensive regarding vocal instruction. I have been trying to teach myself to sing for 15 years now to no such avail and thought of myself as a hopeless case. From day one she made me feel comfortable and confident that my voice is another instrument that can very well be learned! She draws from a wealth of knowledge and experience to mold a very personal lesson each time I come in. The whole experience has been fun and enjoyable but most importantly has produced results. If you are sitting on the fence regarding taking lessons as I was I will tell you that I am very happy I finally decided to try it out. I trust you will be too!
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Wyatt F. Oct 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Our first lesson was awesome! Heather was sweet and patient!!! I felt my son was not focusing but she kept saying how awesome he was and I know that will help him want to return and his love for music to grow. Excited to continue.
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John F. Sep 8, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher who really connects with and validates students.

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