Hi, my name is Heather, and I’m a pianist and teacher in Wiltshire, UK. I love teaching piano, which I have been doing for over 30 years. Teaching is one of the most rewarding things I do and I am always looking to find new ways to improve my lessons and inspire my students. Please do join me at my Let’s Play Piano blog as I share many of the ideas I have about playing and teaching the piano.
My mum plays the piano, so when I was little I used to ‘accompany’ her as she played (by bashing the high notes whilst she tried to practice). She soon got tired of this, so sent me off for lessons at the age of 5. I took all of the usual piano and music theory exams, and by the age of 17 I knew that music was what I wanted to spend my life doing.
I studied piano and classical guitar during my music degree at the University of East Anglia, and followed that by taking the Trinity College performers diploma on the piano. Over the years I have gradually picked up many other instruments, including the flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, trumpet and drums. Currently I play the trumpet in a local jazz band and the drums with a group of 6 friends in a sort of a ‘jazzy’ septet.
I have taught hundreds of children to play piano and other instruments, each one with individual talents and unique gifts. I am always making ‘special’ arrangements of tunes that my students want to play, so that they can learn what they want to at the standard that suits them. Lately, I have started to publish some of these.
I like to try to create performance opportunities for my students and musical friends. We have pupils concerts, charity gigs, music festivals, park concerts, church concerts, Christmas concerts and more.
Links which may be of interest:
www.heathermilnes.co.uk – my teaching practice website