Barbara Heath Piano Lessons

Barbara Heath Piano Lessons

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44 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching piano to students of all ages and levels for more than 30 years.  I have had great success with preschoolers, school age, and adult students from beginner to advanced levels. 

 As my piano student, you will receive individualized lessons to meet your needs.  You will learn to understand the theory behind the music and to play classical, jazz, blues, and popular music.  You will discover that playing the piano is fun and rewarding whether you are five or 99 years old!

I help my students to develop the skills of critical thinking through discovering patterns in the music and creative problem solving.  My students learn to read music, count rhythms, identify key signatures, and develop technical skills.  They have the opportunity to participate in classes and to play duets and trios and to perform for each other.  Most importantly of all, my students are exposed to a wide variety of music, and they develop a genuine appreciation and love of playing the piano!

 

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Hopkins, MN 55305
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

All students learn to read music and to count rhythms.  Younger students are very motivated with charts and stickers.  They earn prizes by being “Practice Provers” and by sight reading music on their own.  The goal with learning to read music is to be able to sit down at the piano and be independent rather than waiting for someone to show you how to play a song!  Such an approach instills confidence as well as a true sense of accomplishment.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

As a senior in high school, I played a piano concerto, Rhapsody in Blue, with my high school band.  At that time, my piano teacher referred me to Michaela Track, a concert pianist from Vienna, and I later studied with concert pianists Willim Ibes, Ann Shaffert Miller, Duncan McNab, and John Moss.  I have played private recitals as well as soloed with the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

2016-17 School Year:

$28 for30 minutes

$42 for 45 minutes

$56 for 60 minutes


How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching piano to students of all ages and levels for more than 30 years.  I have had great success with preschoolers, school age, and adult students from beginner to advanced levels. 


What types of students have you worked with?

In addition to teaching piano, I also have a Masters in Mental Health Counseling.  I use my therapeutic skills in my teaching approach with all students including those with autism, Downs Syndrome, learning disabilities, and other issues.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.
 
“Barb Heath is one of the most professional, talented and supportive instructors I have ever met.  She was able to tailor each lesson to my skills and helped me to move forward quickly.  She is a compassionate teacher with many gifts to share.”
"Barbara has the wonderful ability to combine serious music study with a sense of fun. She was able to keep my children interested, to understand their personalities, and to adjust her style accordingly while maintaining a high expectation level."



What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It is important to have a good working relationship between the student and the teacher. Meet with me for a free consultation so that we can become comfortable with one another.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals? What kind of music do you like to play? How much do you need to practice?