Heather Perry

Piano and Keyboard Instructor Located at the Perfect 5th

Title: Instructor of piano and keyboard.

Genres: Classical, Pop, Rock, Contemporary

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced; Specialty is working with young beginners age 4+

Education: Columbia College

Update Regarding Heather's Availability

Heather is relocating to Chicago in June 2020 so she will no longer be able to accept new students unless the student is only requiring a sort term study of piano.

Heather Perry's Summary

I am a musician and teaching artist from Chicago with 10 years of experience teaching piano, bass guitar, guitar, songwriting, and rock ensembles.

After graduating from Columbia College I began working at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music (www.oldtownschool.org), one of the largest non-for-profit art centers in the country. At OTSFM I taught students age 3 - 8 in the Children's Piano Program and also created original classes for its summer camp. The philosophy of the school is to create a vibrant and inclusive learning environment where everyone - regardless of skill level - can participate in the music making and have fun. I believe in providing my students with a solid foundation of technique and theory but never losing sight of what's most important - the joy and artistry of playing!

I also maintained an independent teaching practice of over 20 families and was rated the #1 private piano instructor for the Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square neighborhoods by Plumwise.com, a privately curated recommendation site of service providers in Chicago. My students ranged in age from 5 - adult and I enjoyed helping them build musicianship with theory, sight reading, ear training, and more. I use the Faber method books with most of my piano students, but I also love accommodating requests! Whether it's classical, ragtime, holiday favorites, or your favorite rock/pop songs from the radio, I am happy to make the music you love a part of your lessons.

I enjoy incorporating a bit of technology into my teaching practice - with my iPad I can use the latest music theory apps and games to enhance my students' experience and keep things especially fun for the younger ones.

I have also had bass and guitar students and volunteered at Chicago's Girls Rock Summer Camp as a bass instructor and band coach. I worked with girls age 9 - 16 to learn beginning, intermediate, and advanced bass theory and techniques as well as songwriting and rock ensemble skills. I love helping my students explore songwriting and collaboration with other players!

I have been teaching at The Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center since July 2015. I love my piano students and I am very excited about the group classes and workshops I will be teaching beginning 2016!

In piano lessons with Heather, students and parents can expect the following:

  • My students use a Faber method lesson book for songs and theory book for written exercises that deepen the student's understanding of musical concepts
  • I supplement lessons with an iPad full of musical games and apps that enhance understanding of theory and keep information fun and engaging for young learners
  • I believe it is important for students to connect with songs that have personal meaning and enjoyment for them; I love accommodating requests for songs from the radio, movies, hymns or sacred music, and any other sources outside of the method books
  • Use of practice charts and motivational rewards to encourage young learners to make practice enjoyable
  • Regular inclusion of ear training and sight reading exercises
  • Information on how to use lead sheets and chord charts as well as chord theory
  • Tips on making connections between guitar and piano for students crossing over to a new instrument
  • A patient and caring teaching method catered to each student's individual needs and interests