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Heather Byars

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 (map)

Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

Heather Byars earned a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Montevallo and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She has been teaching piano for over 23 years including private piano studio, university class piano, and private piano instruction for university students. She is married to Chris Byars, a music teacher and drummer. They have a daughter in the eighth grade.

Mrs. Byars has lectured and performed at both the 1995 National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the National Yamaha Education and Technology Conference in 1999. She is an active member of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) including their local affiliates. She is also member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society and has been listed in Who's Who In American Women. She has contributed articles to professional pedagogy periodicals, and her students continually receive highest ratings and honors in local and state piano competitions.

Mrs. Byars has completed one CD recording. The CD includes a compilation of live performances of works by Robert Schumann, Bela Bartok, Claude Debussy, and Samuel Barber.

My Musical Education Background

BM Piano Performance
MM Piano Performance and Pedagogy
23 years teaching experience

Genres and Subjects Taught

Lesson plans are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each student while concentrating on all the basic elements of musicianship. We select appropriate and interesting repertoire from a pedagogically sound series and supplement it with music of the student's choice. Music theory, ear training, music history, piano technique, and performance practice will all be incorporated. Piano lessons take place in a peaceful home setting in a room reserved for this purpose. While there may be no official code for piano instructors to follow, I have set the standard of always being professional, encouraging, positive, and interested in my students, while guiding them to give their very best effort and reach their highest potential.

Lesson Rates

30 minute lessons: $89 monthly, 45 minute lessons: $120 monthly, 60 minute lessons: $153 monthly

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Ages four through adult.
Beginning through advanced levels.

My Certifications and Awards

Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society)
MTNA (Music Teacher's National Association)
BMTA (Birmingham Music Teacher's Association)
NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs)
Metro Music Forum
Who's Who in American Women

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