Heather M. Lanza

Heather M. L.

Saint Augustine, FL
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Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Being able to play the acoustic guitar is so much fun. My students learn basic note reading, strumming, technique and songwriting. Students can expect to complete Hal Leonard's Guitar Book One, and Hal Leonard's Easy Pop Melodies, along with plenty of supplemental songs.
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Heather M. delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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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 teach more in my Saint Augustine home 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 in order to live close to family.

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 group of students with a variety of ages and experience levels.


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Merit Scholarship
Aug 2000
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
May 2000
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
May 2000
Who's Who Among American College Students

Photos & Videos

Meet Heather, private music and acting teacher
Heather and her students

Heather is singer and keyboardist of the acoustic folk duo, Timberwood.

Heather, performing as half of St. Augustine acoustic duo, Timberwood

Headshot, taken in 2002

Heather, performing in Brooklyn, New York

Heather, and her husband, Greg, on their wedding day

Heather, with her singing student, Isabella

Heather's original song, "Stay"
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102 Reviews

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Grace M. Nov 27, 2018
Singing · Online


Grace M. Oct 6, 2018
Singing · In home

Heather is so engaging and able to communicate energetically and effectively. We love her.

Laura Sep 19, 2018
Singing · Online

I always enjoy my lesson time with Heather - upbeat and fun!

Laura Aug 28, 2018
Singing · Online

Great first lesson - thank you, Heather!

Ellen Aug 20, 2018
Singing · In studio

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!

Bridgid Aug 2, 2018
Audition Prep · In studio

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.

Nisha P. Aug 1, 2018
Guitar · Online

Rowan Jun 23, 2018
Piano · In studio

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.

Shelly Jun 2, 2018
Singing · In home

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!!!!!

Tammi A. May 8, 2018
Piano · Online

We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!

Ludwika Apr 27, 2018
Improv Acting · Online

It was super fun to work with Heather. She is delightful and a great teacher that can get your creative juices flowing!

Haley E. Apr 11, 2018
Singing · In studio

My daughter had a great first lesson. She is excited to spend more time with Heather.

Carson Mar 6, 2018
Guitar · Online

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.

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Tina Mar 2, 2018
Musical Theater · In studio

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!

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Monty Feb 24, 2018
Singing · In studio

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.

gizem Feb 14, 2018
Singing · Online

E. Feb 8, 2018
Jazz Voice · Online

Great first class with Heather - good online technology.

tforma@gmail.com Jan 31, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Cammie Jan 25, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Miss Heather has taught my daughter new ways to take care of her voice and sing with proper technique.

Kalpana D. Jan 25, 2018
· Online

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!

Diana Jan 24, 2018
Singing · Online

I learned a lot about my voice and range today. Great 2nd lesson.

Kelley Jan 24, 2018
Piano · Online

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!

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Juno Delano \. Jan 23, 2018
Piano · Online

Brantlee D. Jan 20, 2018
Singing · In studio

Today was my daughters first session. She absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back. She said heather was so sweet.

Diana R. Jan 17, 2018
Gospel Singing · Online

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.

Briana S. Jan 15, 2018
Piano · Online

Yu Ting Jan 9, 2018
Improv Acting · Online

Nisha P. Jan 6, 2018
Piano · Online

Nathan Dec 18, 2017
Improv Acting · Online

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!

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Emma D. Dec 6, 2017
Singing · In studio

We love Ms. Heather!

Kayah C. Nov 11, 2017
Guitar · Online

Finally, they got together for my Granddaughters first lesson! I heard from her and she said it went well!

Grandpa Dale!

Dale Nov 11, 2017
Guitar · Online

Sam M. Nov 7, 2017
Improv Acting · Online


Sam M. Nov 6, 2017
Improv Acting · Online

Joe Sep 18, 2017
Singing · In studio

I'm getting ready to sing at a family reunion. Heather has been great in helping me prepare for that.

Savannah L. Sep 6, 2017
Christian Gospel · In home

Great experience! We loved her positive teaching style and fast evaluation. Couldn't be more pleased.

Nick Aug 29, 2017
Improv Acting · Online

Kwanza G. Jul 18, 2017
Singing · Online

Jennell Jul 6, 2017
Singing · Online

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.

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Nisha P. Jul 1, 2017
Singing · Online

Juno Delano \. Jun 27, 2017
Piano · Online

it was amazing

Sebastian Jun 26, 2017
Singing · In studio

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.

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Karena R. Jun 14, 2017
Songwriting · Online

Heather gave me many great ideas as to how to structure melody and lyrics. I highly recommend her.

Lina and Quan M. Jun 10, 2017
Piano · In home

Such a delighful easy going personality. We're glad to have her. Looking forward to our future lessons. Thanks

Beth H. Jun 2, 2017
Singing · In studio

Very knowledgeable & supportive teacher. Lots of helpful technique for practicing & improving.

Robbie & Abby M. May 31, 2017
Piano · In home

Heather was fabulous! She is teaching my son guitar and my daughter piano. She is so positive and fun and they loved her!

Lanie May 30, 2017
Piano · In home

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. :-)

Nitan S. May 30, 2017
Singing · Online

the connection was not the best towards the end I could only hear half the sentences,..

Erica May 2, 2017
Singing · Online

Alyssa M. Apr 28, 2017
Piano · In home

Great attitude and knows how to teach

Dawn Apr 7, 2017
Piano · In studio

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.

Chanel B. Apr 4, 2017
Musical Theater · In home

Heather is super kind, fun and experienced! My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson and is looking forward to continuing lessons with high expectations.

Diana Y. Mar 28, 2017
Singing · Online

Gavin's grandma..Juno Mar 10, 2017
Piano · In studio

Extremely encouraging on a personal basis. Actively looked for strengths to mention & build on from the very 1st lesson.

Tammi A. Feb 27, 2017
Piano · Online

Harvey Cassidy Feb 27, 2017
Guitar · Online

Tina Feb 17, 2017
Singing · Online

Skyler Feb 8, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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.

Emma A. Feb 6, 2017
Piano · Online

Great teacher and we can't wait until the next lesson!

nichole Jan 17, 2017
Guitar · Online

Robert Jan 16, 2017
Guitar · Online

And she sings! :)

Grace Y. Jan 12, 2017
Singing · Online

She is very good with being able to teach you how to do things with your voice you never thought you could do.

Yessenia R. Jan 12, 2017
Singing · Online

Jack Jan 12, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

We're learning SO much and Heather is SO patient!! Great experience!!

Aislinn Jan 5, 2017
Guitar · Online

My daughter loves Mrs.Lanza and has learned so much

Nisha P. Dec 21, 2016
Piano · Online

Riley S. Nov 22, 2016
Singing · Online

My daughter very much enjoyed her lesson with Heather, and importantly, learned new things regarding singing. She cannot wait until her next lesson!

Darren Nov 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I enjoyed my first lesson with Heather and look forward to more!

Anne C. Nov 8, 2016
Singing · Online

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!

Jennifer Freeman Oct 31, 2016
Guitar · Online

I love the flexibility to be able to do the lesson on line. Heather is wonderful.

Carla W. Oct 1, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

Erica Sep 16, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

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Omar K. Aug 19, 2016
Country Singing · In studio

I will write next week when I know more.

Gabriel Aug 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

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.

Peter B. Jun 15, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very enthusiastic and is open to teach around your beliefs/vision.

Sara R. Apr 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

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.

Briana S. Feb 12, 2016
Piano · In home

My daughter and I take lessons together. We really enjoy them and always look forward to going. We've learned so much.

Tammi Marrin Feb 11, 2016
Piano · In studio

She is awesome!

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.

Liliane S. Jan 7, 2016
Singing · In home

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.

Patrick S. Nov 23, 2015
Singing · In home

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

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.

John F. Sep 8, 2015
Acting · Online

Fantastic teacher who really connects with and validates students.

Rachel S. Aug 4, 2015
Piano · In home

very relaxed. very encouraging. looking forward to next week.

Kaitlyn G. Jul 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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 :)

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.

Karen B. Jul 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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.

Tiffany E. Jun 22, 2015
Singing · Online

Heather was great with my daughter and provided an excellent online lesson.

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!

Dominiquae B. Jun 8, 2015
Singing · In studio

Uplifting and Enlightening!
Heather was totally in tune with what I needed

James V. May 25, 2015
Improv Acting · Online

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.

Haidar H. May 20, 2015
Classical Piano · Online

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

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!

Haidar H. Mar 24, 2015
Classical Piano · Online

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

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

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

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

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Gabe E. Aug 4, 2014
Singing · In home


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.

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Kirsten G. Nov 27, 2013
Piano ·


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...

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Ash A. May 2, 2013
Piano ·

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.

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