Heather Whelan
Abingdon, MD
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Heather Whelan

Heather W.

Abingdon, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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I've been teaching piano for over 13 years. I use Alfred's Premier Piano Courses levels 1 - 6 for children. For adults I use Alfred's Lesson Book 1 - 3. My teaching goals for all my students are to enable them to read and make music so that they could experience the joy of journeying in the realm of musical sounds.
My philosophy in teaching piano is very much like learning to drive a car. Once a person learns the mechanism of driving so many possibilities open for the person to enjoy trips to many places that bring pleasures that destiny could offer. In some ways, playing the piano is very much like learning to drive a car. Once the mechanism of making music is mastered, the possibilities of making journeys of musical sound is endless.

About Heather W.

Hi, I'm Heather. I live in a small town called Abingdon in Harford County, MD, It's about 15 minutes north of Baltimore, I live with my husband and two bunnies. My career began as a RN with Bachelor’s degree in Nursing until in 2001. I had a diversion of career from nursing and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of teaching piano . I then decided to go back to school to get Bachelor's training in Piano Performance from Towson University in Maryland. My musical training entailed years of coaching from the masters of Curtis Institute, Julliard and Peabody Conservatory. I have played in over twenty piano recitals, and numerous other occasions such as Weddings, and Funerals.
I provide piano lessons in home studio setting as well as virtual lessons online through Zoom Application. I have a Mason and Hamlin grand piano to do the lessons. I also have excellent computerized system to carry out online lessons.
On a different note, did you know that children who study a musical instrument learn responsibility and discipline? They gain pride in their accomplishments which in turn makes them confident. They learn to think in a logical manner, and they will perform better in school. Music helps with brain development not only in children but in adults as well. Studies have shown that Music has helped even the elderly people improve from brain degeneration. These are just a few of the benefits children, adults, and elderly could gain through music lessons.
My Education: At an early age, I took a great interest in music, so my older sister who is four years older than I taught me what she learned in her piano lessons. She also taught me music theory. Between the age of 12-14 my parents sent me to private piano lessons. My piano teacher at that time told me that I needed to find a new teacher because she had taught me all she knew. After that, I approached a well known Julliard Master in town. He took me on as a student after he heard me play the Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata in C minor. I learned through Arthur Fiddler's comment made in the newspaper that Mr. Chang, my teacher, in his opinion was the best piano teacher in Hawaii. Under Mr. Chang's tutelage, I was exposed to a variety of classical pieces written by famous composers of the 17th to 19th centuries. At the age of 14, I made my first piano recital debut. My piano teacher was impressed with my talent and expressed his wish for me to pursue music and enter into Julliard. But, my parents being immigrants from Korea, did not think it was a good choice of career. So, I went into nursing instead, much to the consternation of my piano teacher. In 2001, I made a career change and found my passion for music revived again.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my piano studio, besides just learning to actually play the piano, students will engage in flashcard drills, writing work, and other activities to strengthen their overall knowledge of music. This will prepare them well for continued study in piano, for playing other instruments or singing, and for enjoying music in general.
In first the lesson the concepts stressed include:
1. Hand position and posture at the piano.
2. Right hand , left hand, and how the fingers are numbered.
3. Direction on the keyboard
4. The pattern of keys on the key board

In the first year of piano study, the concepts covered are:
1. Theory: identify steps, skips, and repeats; write and recognize 2nd -5ths intervals; sharp and flat signs; identify key signatures
2. Rhythms: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and dotted notes.
3. Technique: correct hand position; curved fingers, down and up wrist for phrasing, legato/staccato touch, penta scales; major chords and voicing (balance of hands) 5-finger melodies; single line melodies divided between hands; note-against-note playing, some melody/chord playing.
4. Repertoire: Piano Adventure series for children. Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level One for adult beginners.
As the students advance into higher degree of learning, Music Theory, Western Music History, and Piano Performance Techniques are further explored and emphasized.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gaming computer and webcam for online lessons.
Living Room: grand piano, couches and chairs for in studio lessons.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is in teaching as both of the careers in Nursing and Music are geared toward methods to effective teaching. I love to take on the challenge of custom tailoring to cater to each student's style of learning. I believe that I have a lot of patience to make lessons fun and enjoyable to my students.

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Frank S.
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Heather is patient and kind. She brings both technical and people skills to our practice sessions. If one of my family members or close friends asked me recommend a piano teacher, with no hesitation, I would enthusiastically reccomend Heather.

Posted Sep 27, 2018
Charles S.
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Heather was wonderful in getting me back into the piano! As an older student I was apprehensive at first, but she was very positive and made me very comfortable. She was very helpful and brought me a long way in a short period of time.

Posted Feb 26, 2017
Samson O.
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She's good

Posted Nov 3, 2016
Charles I.
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learning different technique's, which is the key. Heather is very patient, and makes the experience fun. Looking forward to future lessons, and increasing my skills.

Posted Jun 22, 2016
Salem
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Great first lesson. Heather made me very comfortable. She was well organized and prepared with lots of materials to match any level of skill

Posted May 10, 2016
Eli D.
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Heather is great with my 5 yr old grandson!

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Mark J.
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Fantastic first lesson!!

Posted Mar 29, 2016
Samantha C.
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She was awesome!!!!

Posted Feb 12, 2016
Joy Rogers
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Heather was very patient and informative. She really took her time with me. I can see myself growing pretty quick with her as my instructor.

Posted Feb 5, 2016
Robert
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Heather is first piano teacher for my son. We are so happy to chose her! She is so nice and professional person. My son really enjoying every class.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Nandini R.
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Heather has helped to ignite interest in Music in my 8 yr old daughter. We are glad we chose a teacher, who helped us get exactly what we wanted.

I believe, as a teacher, Heather has more to offer and we plan to continue lessons with Heather for my daughter.

Thanks

Posted Jan 22, 2016
Colleen B.
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I've been taking piano lessons with Heather for 11 months and have been very pleased with my progress. She is approachable, relaxed, and kind. Being able to read and play sheet music has been a goal of mine for years. Heather has been a pleasure to work with regards to achieving this goal.

Posted Oct 26, 2015
Jessica Edmondson
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Straightforward style, systematic and efficient, just want I wanted

Posted Sep 25, 2015
Ian O.
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Great first day!

Posted May 7, 2015
Sharon S.
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She is working with my son, Max, and he is really enjoying it. He likes her very much and I can see he has already improved over week 1.

Posted Oct 29, 2014
Angela P.
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Heather is the very best of the three piano teachers I have had! I have made more progress in the last year with Heather as my teacher than I had in the two previous years with other teachers. Although I am an older student and take longer to learn, she has been patient and supportive. She never makes me feel incompetent, in fact, she is extremely complimentary of my efforts. Her positive attitude makes me want to work harder and to play better. And she is such a nice person to be around - gentle, polite, and friendly. I am having a great experience and highly recommend her for anyone who is learning to play or to improve their playing.

Posted Aug 17, 2014
SHOUKAT K.
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great teaching skill!

Posted Jun 23, 2014
Lynnette R.

Heather is fantastic!

Heather is very professional. She is a fantastic teacher and very flexible. I would recommend her to other students.

Posted Oct 30, 2013
Connie H.

My teacher is an excellent piano teacher.

Heather is a great teacher, very patient and very, very encouraging. I enjoy playing on her grand piano and feel
she will guide me to where I want to go with music. Her
love for music is very evident in how she teaches and
plays.

Posted Dec 19, 2012
AmyD

Piano Lessons are Extraordinary!

Heather is an excellent piano teacher. I am having so much fun. She uses great analogies that make learning notes and chords much easier. I really look forward to seeing her each week. Thank you so much!

Posted Nov 14, 2011

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Experience

Piano Instructor
Feb 2012 - Present

Music & Art Center

Piano lessons are given at the Music and Art Center from 2012 to 2016.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017

Towson University

AA degree in Music/Education/Computer
Sep 2008 - May 2012

Harford Community College

Languages

Korean

Limited Proficiency

Awards

James Dumbard Scholarship
Nov 2013

Towson University

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