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Heather W.

Abingdon, MD

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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

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.
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*** 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.
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Joy Rogers February 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Robert January 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Nandini R. January 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.

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Heather W.

Heather W.

Abingdon, MD 21009
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Taryn K.

Baltimore, MD

I have been teaching for over 10 years and work with all ages and skill levels. I cater my lessons to meet the individual goals and needs of the student and I strive to give students a strong musical foundation while nurturing their unique musical style and interests.
I believe that strong technique and basic musical knowledge are both important in creating well rounded musicians and am mindful to incorporate both technical skills and music theory into each of my lessons.

About Taryn

I am a University of Hawaii Piano Performance Major with a training emphasis in classical piano. I have taken multiple AMEB piano examinations, as well as performed in various recitals, culminating in an undergraduate music certification. I have been playing for 17 years, working with a variety of musical and performance styles, including individual performance, accompaniment, and musical collaboration. These experiences have given me the skills to tackle and communicate musical themes and ideas to students with a range of learning styles and needs, from beginning to advanced, classical to lei
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*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is very dependent upon the need of the individual student. I believe that each person learns differently, and different people require unique methods of communication (visual, aural, descriptive), as well as structure of classes. In addition, I understand that students are hoping to gain different things from learning any instrument. Given this, I really try to cater to what a student wants, and how they learn best. However, I also believe that no student can learn and advance without an understanding of theory and development of technique. I generally use the Piano Adventures curriculum with my beginning students, however for intermediate and advanced students, I prefer to allow more freedom in the pieces that are learned. While studying with me, you can expect to develop technique through the study of classical music, gain an advanced understanding of music theory, and develop the ability to not only play well, but to perform well too!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Yamaha piano in common area w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the piano or keyboard for practicing. The students should be responsible for getting the proper music books necessary for teaching.

*** Specialties ***
The genre I am most experience with is classical music.
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Louis M. January 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice and not rushing too teach me. I felt very relax at my lesson.
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Louis M. January 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice and not rushing too teach me. I felt very relax at my lesson.
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Abdo W. October 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It is very good. Taryn is very patient and immediately defines the weaknesses and difficulties. Besides that she is talented.
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Taryn K.

Taryn K.

Baltimore, MD 21201
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Grace L.

Baltimore, MD

Experienced piano teacher of 7 years for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of piano skills. I specialize in classical piano and love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I wan't wait to meet you!

About Grace

Pianist Grace L. holds a Masters degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Began playing piano at the age of four, Grace has been maintaining a piano studio with students of all ages and levels of ability for the past several years. Currently, Grace is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
During the first lesson, I will discuss with the student about their personal goal. I would like to see what the students have been working on and I will suggest materials that will help the students to develop
their musicianship.
My lessons are usually pretty laid back. However, I do expect student to come with some preparation.
I believe that strong foundation is very important for young children. Ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and technique will all be covered in our sessions. Every session students will be assigned pieces to work on throughout the week. Students are also encouraged to bring pieces that they would love to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
grand piano in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical piano.
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Manuel H. September 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Grace is a fabulous teacher. She is very patient and very helpful. It was a pleasure having her for a teacher.
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Mercedes M. May 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
You are just amazing,
I have learned many things and more things when I worked with you.
And im getting so far
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Thomas C. January 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Grace is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend her without reservation to anybody looking for a piano tutor.
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Grace L.

Baltimore, MD 21201
(10)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Analilia F.

Towson, MD

I strive to help my students reach their full potential in piano. I always try to make lessons a fun, yet enriching experience. I encourage students to learn music that interest them, while gradually helping them progress and improve their techniques and musicality through classical training.

About Analilia

I am currently a piano instructor in the Baltimore and Washington D.C area. I also do piano accompanying for vocalist and instrumentalist for recitals, auditions, and solo and ensemble festivals. As a piano instructor, I focus on classical techniques while allowing my students to explore other areas of music such as pop, film, and game music. I generally provide lessons at the student's home.
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Brandon N. January 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice & knowledgeable instructor
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Natalie November 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Natalie loves taking lessons with Analilia and now her big sister wants to take lessons also.
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Analilia F.

Analilia F.

Towson, MD 21286
(2)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Maia T.

Baltimore, MD

I teach all genres of music piano. Whether you would like to learn classical hip hop R&B country or any genre of music I'm the teacher for you. I teach how to read music as well with sight reading basics. I assess the students in an initial lessons and teach towards the students learning style; there is never any pressure to learn a certain way everyone has their own way of learning. What do you want to learn? let me know we can write out music / sight reading chords Theory or just learn a song.

About Maia

I started learning music when I was 4 years old, and by the time I was 16 I already had a solid client base of students doing well and succeeding. I teach violin, piano, harp, voice and viola. I've been teaching over 20 years and have a degree in music studies.
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Angela H. November 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
My 12 year old daughter enjoys going to her music lessons. She says she loves how her instructor explains every detail to her. Thanks for all you do Ms. Maia!!!
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Gulliver November 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
I felt encouraged and support from the outset. Her ability to make me feel relaxed meant I learned faster and had more than than ever before.
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Tomas November 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Maia is an excellent teacher with deep musical sensibility and great personality.
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Maia T.

Maia T.

Baltimore, MD 21214
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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