Heather M. L.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 2003
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 cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco, and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.
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 taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.
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, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.
Before I received formal training at a conservatory, I learned piano on my own, and both have prepared me to teach almost anyone, with any experience, 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 folk rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.
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, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.
Currently, I have only online availability for guitar students.
Students under the age of twelve will use the Alfred Guitar Book for Kids. All other students will start with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method.
Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
While it was wonderful to teach voice and piano at the Jacksonville School of Music, I left in order to teach more in my Saint Augustine home studio.
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 in order to live close to family.
I taught both private voice lessons and classroom music history and music theory to auditioned magnet students.
I taught voice lessons out of my home studio to a group of students with a variety of ages and experience levels.
Ms. Heather tells you everything what you did well or where to improve. Also her instruction is really clear and simple to understand. My first language is not even English then I can understand her well.
A great teacher you deserve to have :D!!
Heather is a great instructor. She is very professional and caring. Her teaching is very easy to understand and makes you feel empowered to better yourself. I'd highly recommend her.
Heather was so great with my daughter. She was very knowledgeable and supportive. Great experience!
Heather is a joy to learn from and always had me exciting ways to teach.
Very nice teacher and i feel very comfortable with singing in front of her. I feel confident that she will provide good lessons!
Heather was wonderful! She made my daughter feel comfortable and excited about what’s to come!
you are the best
Heather is a great instructor! She is happy to tailor her lessons to the areas of interest for her students, rather than employing a 'one-size-fits-all' approach.
This teacher has to be the best one I have ever had. Be sure to check her out.
Soooo much fun!!! i got to sing a lot more during this lesson which obviously was a numhc of fun!! cant wait for our last lesson next week!!!
Thank you for the best lesson so far. I enjoyed the experience. I think i already have a song for free sing. Its called "Youngblood" its by 5 Seconds of Summer
Heather M. is one of the best teachers I have ever had
We had alot of fun!!... the sound kinda cut out at the beginning btu ti fixed its self. I got great complements on my singing and just over all enjoyed the lesson! cant ait for next week. Alos i would love you give you an example of the Lip Trills to a song i thought was "impossible" for me to sing, that you told me to work on. See you next week.Show More
She was very helpful!!!
My daughter is brand new to acting. She was really nervous for her first lesson. Once she got started, all of that nervousness melted away and she had a blast. After her lesson, she just had to tell me all about it and how much fun she had. Heather rocks!
Heather is so engaging and able to communicate energetically and effectively. We love her.
I always enjoy my lesson time with Heather - upbeat and fun!
Great first lesson - thank you, Heather!
Heather exuded an eagerness to help, and a professional demeanor. She instilled confidence in such a way that going to my audition, I felt prepared! Her suggestions made really helped (breathing, visualization, etc.)
I really appreciate her expertise!
I really enjoyed Heather’s enthusiasm in preparing me for the Caberet Audition. I was impressed when she looked up the audition in advance to see the roles being cast. She is kimd, talented , and well versed in the performing arts.
Heather is fantastic with my son. He has some very specific special needs and she’s fantastic with engaging him and helping him progress with his music that speaks specifically to him. He looks forward to his lessons all week long.
Ms. Heather is SO helpful. I love singing but had been too shy to really come out of my shell and see what I can do.... she built my confidence and has given me multiple helpful methods of improving during performances and in general. She is the best!!!!!
We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!
It was super fun to work with Heather. She is delightful and a great teacher that can get your creative juices flowing!
My daughter had a great first lesson. She is excited to spend more time with Heather.
My 11 year old daughter loved her first lesson with Heather for both guitar and voice. Although we weren't sure how the online lessons would work out, my daughter was beaming after the first one excited to tell me all about it. It was important to us to find a guitar teacher with a warm, funny and personable personality to fit our daughter's personality awhile understanding how to communicate and educate her age range. It looks like that's exactly what we found. Heather was a great find.Show More
Heather is the absolute BEST!!! My daughter LOVES going to her music lesson each week and she is learning a lot. Heather's upbeat, happy and excited demeanor keep her lessons fun, interesting and enjoyable! Just taking voice/musical theatre right now, but will definitely be adding a musical instrument in the future. 5 stars is not enough! I would give 10 if I could!Show More
Heather is the best! She has helped me discover myself musically and has become more of a mentor/coach than just a teacher. I look forward to every lesson and am thankful Heather has such an open minded approach.
Great first class with Heather - good online technology.
Miss Heather has taught my daughter new ways to take care of her voice and sing with proper technique.
Heather is really great at fine tuning my vocal skills. She uses different techniques than other instructors I have had. She is also very creative musically which makes lessons way more fun!
I learned a lot about my voice and range today. Great 2nd lesson.
My 7 yo daughter wanted to take piano lessons. Knowing that we would be moving a couple of times this year and living in a rural area, I decided to search online. This was this answer to both of those dilemmas! Heather made my daughter feel welcomed and comfortable from the very beginning. She was enthusiastic and fun. My daughter learned a lot and really enjoyed having Heather as a teacher. She is great at what she does and amazing with children!Show More
Today was my daughters first session. She absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back. She said heather was so sweet.
My first lesson was great. Heather made me feel very comfortable as if I were just interacting with a good friend. She was very informative and obviously knowledgeable about music. I loved that she made the lesson specific to my needs and goals.
Wonderful, great first session. Felt comfortable right away. Targeted a few specific points directly through exercises and discussed some general psychological insights. All helpful. Also recieved great tips on how I can practice solo between sessions. Looking forward to the next one!Show More
We love Ms. Heather!
Finally, they got together for my Granddaughters first lesson! I heard from her and she said it went well!
VERY GOOD INSTRUCTOR, CREATIVE, SPONTANEOUS, SMART.
I'm getting ready to sing at a family reunion. Heather has been great in helping me prepare for that.
Great experience! We loved her positive teaching style and fast evaluation. Couldn't be more pleased.
Heather was great at helping me improve my singing. We did online lessons which made timing really difficult to work on and this was one of my biggest challenges to begin with. The internet was occasionally failing or very delayed. The upside was my busy schedule allowed me to keep up with the lessons for a while until I couldn't anymore. Heather is very musically talented and good at explaining how singing should feel which helped me to sing higher notes than I ever imagined I could. I wished our lessons could have been in person.Show More
it was amazing
Heather is rated as a student favorite, and after 5 lessons with her, I definitely understand why! Her passion and expertise in music come together to form a great learning experience. She creates a natural, comfortable learning environment, one where I feel good about making mistakes, where I don't feel insecure about developing my musical talents. I think this trait is especially important for singing. Heather also has a wealth of knowledge on singing she provides during lessons which connect well with my goals as a musician. It's been great receiving instruction from Heather, and I look forward to becoming a better singer under her guidance.Show More
Heather gave me many great ideas as to how to structure melody and lyrics. I highly recommend her.
Such a delighful easy going personality. We're glad to have her. Looking forward to our future lessons. Thanks
Very knowledgeable & supportive teacher. Lots of helpful technique for practicing & improving.
Heather was fabulous! She is teaching my son guitar and my daughter piano. She is so positive and fun and they loved her!
Best first lesson ever! Heather was warm and engaging with my child. They jumped right in and my daughter loved it. She has been playing piano all afternoon and asked if Heather is coming back tomorrow. :-)
the connection was not the best towards the end I could only hear half the sentences,..
Great attitude and knows how to teach
Heather is awesome. Not only is she a great teacher she is truly inspiring. She is so positive and makes learning tremendously fun. I can't say enough about her.
Heather is super kind, fun and experienced! My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson and is looking forward to continuing lessons with high expectations.
Extremely encouraging on a personal basis. Actively looked for strengths to mention & build on from the very 1st lesson.
My daughter had her first lesson with Heather tonight and she thought she was awesome. Heather is very positive and she excited to have more lesson in the future.
Great teacher and we can't wait until the next lesson!
And she sings! :)
She is very good with being able to teach you how to do things with your voice you never thought you could do.
We're learning SO much and Heather is SO patient!! Great experience!!
My daughter loves Mrs.Lanza and has learned so much
My daughter very much enjoyed her lesson with Heather, and importantly, learned new things regarding singing. She cannot wait until her next lesson!
I enjoyed my first lesson with Heather and look forward to more!
Heather is very passionate about her teaching. She tells me about the various techniques to get my voice out. We had a great time together. She is positive and encouraging. I am confident I will improve my singing and breathing. It has been fun!
I love the flexibility to be able to do the lesson on line. Heather is wonderful.
Ms. Heather is an amazing piano teacher to my 3 and 4 year old boys. She is patient and creative in her instruction. I highly recommend her.
Heather is amazing!! I've had a couple of voice teachers in the past and she is by far the best!! She individually tailors her lessons to my interests and goals. She is also very encouraging and patient. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to enhance themselves musically.Show More
I will write next week when I know more.
The best instructor I ever tried. She put me and my parents at ease. I can wait to go back for the next lesson next week.
Very enthusiastic and is open to teach around your beliefs/vision.
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 herShow More
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.Show More
I love Heather! She makes you feel instantly comfortable and I look forward to every lesson.
My daughter and I take lessons together. We really enjoy them and always look forward to going. We've learned so much.
She is awesome!
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.
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.
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!Show More
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.
Fantastic teacher who really connects with and validates students.
very relaxed. very encouraging. looking forward to next week.
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 :)
Let's you explore your range and choose songs you want to sing! Sge strives for excellence in her students without pushing.
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.
Heather was great with my daughter and provided an excellent online lesson.
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!
Uplifting and Enlightening!
Heather was totally in tune with what I needed
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.
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.
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!
The lesson was fantastic. I just wish the audio quality was better. It perhaps was a problem with my internet connection, though.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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...
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.