Heather M. Lanza

Heather M. L.

Saint Augustine, FL

About Heather M. L.

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Heather M. teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday


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.
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 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.

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, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an acoustic guitar to bring to both voice and guitar 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, country, 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. My education includes coursework in jazz and pop theory and songwriting from both Westminster Choir College and the Berklee College. Teaching special needs individuals is also one of my specialties, and one that I highly enjoy. I've been trained in Meisner technique, and have experience in both theatre acting and musical theatre.

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Meet private music coach, Heather!


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 group of students with 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

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


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

54 Reviews on Heather M. L.

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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.
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