Heather Lanza

Heather L.

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Saint Augustine, FL
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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.

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Saint Augustine, Florida music and acting teacher, Heather L.

Experience

Voice and Piano Instructor Jun 2012 - Present
The 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.

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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17 Reviews on Heather L.

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Rachel S. Aug 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
very relaxed. very encouraging. looking forward to next week.
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Kaitlyn G. Jul 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter enjoys taking guitar classes from Heather. She is a great teacher who motivates and helps boost confidence in her skills. I would highly recommend her :)
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Isabella Jul 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Let's you explore your range and choose songs you want to sing! Sge strives for excellence in her students without pushing.
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Karen B. Jul 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
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Heather Lanza teaches my daughter guitar, and we are very pleased! She is very positive and encouraging when she teaches, and I think her friendly and supportive personality makes her students feel very comfortable with her.
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Tiffany E. Jun 22, 2015
Singing · Online
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Heather was great with my daughter and provided an excellent online lesson.
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Dawn S. Jun 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Heather is a true professional and bases her lessons on each individual student. Her love of teaching is obvious and she is a master at what she does. Her Westminster Choir College educational background is an absolute plus!
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Dominiquae B. Jun 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Uplifting and Enlightening!
Heather was totally in tune with what I needed
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James V. May 25, 2015
Improv Acting · Online
Verified Student
Heather is an excellent teacher. She was always very patient and enthusiastic while teaching. I felt like I learned something or improved after each lesson. She really gets her knowledge through to the student. I enjoyed every minute of the lessons.
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Haidar H. May 20, 2015
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
Although it has been only 2 months since I started my lessons with Mrs. Heather Lanza, I have witnessed a great difference in my sight reading and my piano playing. She has chosen the textbooks that I just needed, and I think they are of high end rank. In addition, Mrs. Lanza, suggested some supplementary books that I just needed; they have been really useful.

Mrs. Lanza inculcates independence in her students by letting them choose some of their material while assigning them tasks (that will later turn out to be just what they needed).

On a personal level, she is a lady of nice, considerate, understanding and helpful character.

I'm a firm self-study learner; however, I think a good teacher can save the learner a lot of time and effort, and that is what Mrs. Lanza could do well.
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Jonathan J. May 7, 2015
Improv Acting · Online
Verified Student
Heather was great! She is very encouraging and clearly knowledgeable about assessing a student's needs and skill level to help them improve. It was a pleasure learning from her!