Heather Ross
San Francisco, CA
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Heather Ross

Heather R.

San Francisco, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Beginners: Be able to play warmups for major keys by end of year one and some minor keys by end of year 2. Work through theory and lesson books (usually Faber), also allow time for sight reading, ear training, and theory instruction. Some supplemental material. Possible audition preparation.

Intermediate: A mixture of methods, with a focus on classical music from the four major stylistic periods; theory and improvisational skills with clear technique development; expanding knowledge of major and minor keys; supplemental material; sight-reading/ear training; audition preparation.

Early Advanced: A focus on classical music from various stylistic periods, theory, improvisational skills, and clear technique development. Also includes supplemental material, sight-reading, performance opportunities, audition preparation, and composition transcription.

About Heather R.

Having begun teaching lessons while still in high school, I went on to major in music and graduated with a degree in sacred music in 1999. Since earning that degree, I have accompanied for three separate vocal music CDs using original improvised piano accompaniments. I have played sacred music in church for 25 years and have a great deal of experience improvising with hymns. I have taught piano, flute, choir, and general music at a private academy for several years.

Having earned my Masters in Education in 2014 and partnering with a local music academy since 2015, I continue to add new skills, implement tested methodology, and discover students' individual strengths as I work to help them become the best musicians and individuals they can be. Throughout my 25 years of teaching, I have experimented with various methods and have discarded those which have not proven to be a positive focus of energy in the lesson time.

I believe children learn by doing and, when given clearly laid out plans and directed down a productive path, every child will be successful no matter what his / her natural ability. I invite parents to sit in on any lesson. You will find that instruction time is used efficiently; specific objectives are used to maximize instruction; students are encouraged multiple times during each lesson and individuals leave feeling encouraged to do their best as they create beautiful music with their hands and hearts.

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Victoria Sutton
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Heather Ross is a fantastic piano teacher! She is extremely patient, kind, and understanding. She provides a good background in piano history and technic. I have been taking from her for about five years, and have learned more than I thought was possible. I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Posted Sep 10, 2020
Allison
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I have been taking lessons with Heather for almost 3 years and it has significantly improved my piano playing. I started as an adult learner and was stuck “in a groove” when I started lessons with Heather. She has helped me to learn more technical skills to play piano more efficiently and with more ease. She is extremely experienced and knowledgeable, so if you’re looking for the best, look no further. I have recommended her to my niece, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law. If you are looking for classical and/or hymns piano teacher, Heather is an excellent choice.

Posted Aug 26, 2020
Gina
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Heather is a very patient and encouraging teacher who seeks to bring out the best in your child. She is always finding ways to better herself as a teacher and to help your child reach their full potential. My child was challenged through her teaching and made great progress. Highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 24, 2020
Angela
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Heather teaches my daughter via Google Hangouts. It always amazes me the technicality she can see over the internet. She knows if my daughter is tense, bending her knuckle wrong or doesn’t have her fingers on the right part of the keys. Heather is a patient and talented teacher and we are grateful to have her at our disposal.

Posted May 17, 2018
Philip

Her solid musical training and education, coupled with her years of experience have proven to be a great help for numerous piano students. Heather Is well capable of helping students of all different levels in their musical skills.

Posted Apr 30, 2018
Sarah
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I have received help from Heather for specific pieces that are “beyond me” and she has always been able to communicate the best way to learn the piece. I have also observed her teaching young piano students and have been impressed with her ability to help each student improve and strive for their very best!

Posted Apr 30, 2018
Brianna

Mrs. Ross was my instrument teacher for several years and I thoroughly enjoyed having her as my instructor. While she sought to make lesson time fun, she also set goals for me to reach which helped bring me to where I am now at on my flute. She has a great knowledge of both sacred and classical music and seeks to instill a love of music into her students!

Posted Apr 17, 2018
A Former Student
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I really enjoyed taking lessons from Heather. She provided many fun incentives to reward practicing and help me reach goals. I appreciated that before she pointed out something I needed to correct that week, she first gave positive words about what I had accomplished that week in my practicing. I also appreciated her emphasis on theory--(learning chords, cadences, scales, arpeggios), playing by ear, and improvising. She provided me with a great classical foundation and helped me develop into an advanced pianist before entering college and furthering my pianistic development.

Posted Apr 9, 2018
Former Student
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Heather is patient with people outside of her church or adults. However the way she has treated many of MBC Academy students is awful. I have firsthand experience of her throwing piano books,storming out of the room because I didn’t play a song correctly. If one student threw her into a bad mood after a lesson everyone after that student would most likely have a bad listen. I witnessed many students leaving their lessons sobbing because Heather would lecture you about your spiritual life or other things that were not related to piano. She especially likes to tear into you if you weren’t playing well. She accused you of not being right with God if you couldn’t play a song right. Everybody dreaded going to piano lessons with her. Granted her harsh methods taught me to be the pianist I am today but I would be very involved if you send a child to lessons with her.

Posted Apr 4, 2018
Sarah B.
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Very patient. Adapts to the students level/needs. Great experience!

Posted Mar 30, 2018
~Former Mukwonago Baptist Academy Student~
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***That negative review from a supposed former academy student is apparently a made up story and has nothing to do with Mrs. Heather Ross as a piano teacher.

Posted Mar 12, 2018
Amber
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If you are looking for a teacher who cares about her students and wants there best, Heather is a wonderful option! She is very experienced, knowledge, and a phenomenal piano player! I had several piano teachers as a little girl, but I had the privilege of taking piano lessons from Heather during my high school years. None of my prior teachers developed me in piano at the rate that Heather did. She knows how to motivate students to not just “get by” but encourages them to achieve their best. Definitely recommend her!

Posted Mar 12, 2018
Alexis
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My son has been taking piano lessons from Heather for several years now. I am so pleased with how much I have seen him progress in his skill as a result of her teaching. She challenges and encourages him to do his best and master each new piece. I also like how she takes the time to plan recitals at local senior living facilities so that her students can learn to use their talents to be a blessing an encouragement to others. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a quality piano teacher who will really invest the time into your child to see him or her become a the best piano player that they can be!

Posted Mar 12, 2018
~Former student of Mukwonago Baptist Academy~
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Heather was not only my school teacher but also my piano teacher! She was NOT patient with me by any means. In one lesson she was so frustrated and impatient that i couldn’t play the lines i was supposed to be able to play that she took my books threw them on the ground and told me that she would teach me again when i “had the right attitude” and then she turned off the lights and walked out of the room. She may tell you otherwise, but i had a terrrible experience with her as a piano teacher and i’m sure others could/will share the same experience. All she cares about is the money that you give her and i’m sure she tries to manipulate you into coming to her crazy abusive church as well! I will not put my real name because i don’t want her to try and contact me. But i am a real person who had an actual bad experience with her as my piano teacher at mukwonago baptist academy.

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Kate
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Great choice for a teacher. My kids enjoy seeing her each week.

Posted Oct 20, 2016
Paige
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Mrs. Ross has a passion for perfected technic. She takes time on making sure things are done properly and is very encouraging along the way. She is a wonderful teacher with a bright and helpful attitude. You never need fear asking a dumb question to her. She is always very thorough in her answers. She makes learning fun and the students want to learn.

Posted Jul 12, 2015
Nicole
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I took piano lessons from Heather Ross in high school before going on to take a piano pedagogy major in college. Her teaching was a definite help in preparation for my college studies, and I learned much from her during my time studying under her. Heather is a knowledgeable and skilled teacher who understands what it takes to bring a student from one level to the next.

Posted Jul 8, 2015
Ann
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Not only is Heather a very talented musician, but she also has the gift of teaching.
She has the ability to help her students reach their highest potential playing the piano. She is a very patient, caring person. I would highly recommend her.

Posted Jul 7, 2015
Micah
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Heather is a very dedicated, loving, and experienced teacher. I know I learned so much through her piano teaching. She doesn't simply teach for a pay check, but to see each of her students fully developed in piano And all other areas of life!!

Posted Jul 6, 2015
Melissa
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Great teacher who challenges her students! Would definitely recommend!

Posted Jul 6, 2015

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Experience

Music Teacher
Nov 1999 - May 2020

Mukwonago Baptist Academy

I have taught general music, directed handbell choir, and taught piano and flute lessons at a parochial school for K-12.

Accompanist
May 2001 - Aug 2005

Valerieknies.com

You may visit this website to hear some improvisations I have made in accompanying this soloist's sacred music CDs. https://valerieknies.com/downloads

Education

English Education
Feb 2009 - Aug 2014

Bob Jones University

B.A., Sacred Music, Elementary Education
Sep 1994 - Dec 1998

Maranatha Baptist University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2010
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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