Heather Whelan

Heather W.

Abingdon, MD
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Levels taught:

    Heather teaches

    5 & 75

    Teaching since

    May 2001

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    About Heather


    Hi, I'm Heather. I’m from a small town in Harford County, MD, called Abingdon. It’s really close to Baltimore, MD which is about 15 minutes away from Abingdon. I live with my husband and two bunnies. I’m an R.N. with a bachelors degree in Nursing and 16 years of training in music by masters of Curtis Institute, Julliard, and Peabody Conservatory. I have been teaching piano for over 12 years. In 2001, I had a diversion of career from nursing and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of teaching piano and I started giving piano lessons. I love playing my Masan & Hamlin grand piano for personal pleasure, and I spend a lot of time practicing for different occasions. I h’ve played in over twenty piano recitals, and for numerous other occasions such as in Weddings , Funerals and in Choir accompaniments.
    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. These are just a few of the benefits children could gain through music lessons

    My Specialties: My passion is classical music, however, I realize that the students'€™ interests are diverse, so, I teach pieces they request which include easy fun Pop Music, Hymns, Boogie, Rock, Country and other contemporary pieces.
    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. At the age of 12-14 my parents sent me to private piano lessons. My piano teacher at that time eventually 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 15th to 18th 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. I started teaching piano as well as taking Music Theory courses at a community college and taking lessons from a Julliard- Peabody master as well lessons from a Curtis Institute master. I continue taking piano lesson even now while I give piano lessons to beginner and intermediate students.

    *** 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. As an incentive to practice, our studio awards each week piano dollars for the time each student practices during the week. At the end of the year, we have an auction that the children could participate in using their piano dollars to purchase items.

    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 –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: A Dozen A Day by Edna-Mae Burmae Books; Five-finger melodies by Faber Faber; Famous & Fun Pop Books by Carol Matz ; Boogie, Rock & Country Level 1 by James Bastien; Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level One for adult beginners.

    In addition to lessons each student is required to participate in an annual piano recital to give them experience and confidence in performance.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Living Room: grand piano, couches and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

    *** Specialties ***
    To teach the skills in playing the piano, the classical genre is preferred in the repertoire.


    Piano Instructor

    Feb 2012 - Present
    Music & Art Center

    Piano lessons are given at the Music and Art Center from 2012 to 2014.


    AA degree in Music/Education/Computer

    Sep 2006 - May 2012
    Harford Community College

    Languages Spoken


    Limited Proficiency
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    8 Reviews on Heather W.

    Jessica Edmondson Sep 25, 2015
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Straightforward style, systematic and efficient, just want I wanted
    Ian O. May 7, 2015
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Great first day!
    Sharon S. Oct 29, 2014
    Heather's Piano Studio · In studio
    Verified Student
    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.
    Angela P. Aug 17, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    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.
    SHOUKAT K. Jun 23, 2014
    Heather's Piano Studio · In studio
    Verified Student
    great teaching skill!
    Lynnette R. Oct 30, 2013
    Verified Student
    Heather is fantastic!

    Heather is very professional. She is a fantastic teacher and very flexible. I would recommend her to other students.
    Connie H. Dec 19, 2012
    Verified Student
    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
    AmyD Nov 14, 2011
    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!